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  • 5 Stocks Bill Ackman Is Betting on in 2012 Friday, 3 Aug 2012 | 11:39 AM ET
    William Ackman

    While being an activist investor can be lucrative, it isn't easy. After all, it requires buying big, hulking positions in a small handful of stocks. Today, we're taking a look at five of the firm's favorite stocks for 2012.

  • Oil Posts Biggest One-Day Gain in a Month Friday, 3 Aug 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    Oil prices are extending gains on better-than-expected U.S. non-farm payrolls data, a re-evaluation of Draghi's comments, and deepening concerns about escalating violence in Syria..

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    Russia has yielded many leading industrial companies that rank among global leaders in mining, metallurgy, petrochemicals and telecommunications. Despite the rapid development of the regional economy and the strides made over the past 20 years, WTO membership promises to be an important catalyst for growth in the Russian market.

  • Stocks to Watch: PG, VIAB, KCG & More Friday, 3 Aug 2012 | 7:56 AM ET

    Take a look at some of Friday's morning movers:

  • Och-Ziff Draws Bullish Trades Friday, 3 Aug 2012 | 6:19 AM ET

    Och-Ziff Capital Management is not a name that often sees unusual option activity, but yesterday its trading lit up our screens.

  • Axa CEO Sees Bumpy Economic Recovery, Earnings Down Friday, 3 Aug 2012 | 3:08 AM ET

    Europe’s second-biggest insurance company posted disappointing earnings for the first six months of 2012 but the company’s growth prospects were stable , Henri de Castries, chief executive and chairman of AXA, told CNBC.

  • Catholic Fund Fails to Convince Believers Friday, 3 Aug 2012 | 2:12 AM ET
    The Creation of Adam, from the Sistine Ceiling, 1511 (fresco) (pre-restoration)

    A fund that was set up to invest in line with Catholic beliefs is to close after its managers lost faith in its ability to attract investors, the Financial Times reports.

  • After a Loss, GM Plans Fast Action in Europe Friday, 3 Aug 2012 | 1:50 AM ET
    General Motors Headquarters

    General Motors vowed Thursday to accelerate changes at its troubled European division after a loss in the region dragged down the company’s profit by 41 percent in the second quarter, the New York Times reports.

  • Markets Expect Meager Job Growth in Sluggish Economy Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 7:00 PM ET
    Constrcution Worker

    Construction and manufacturing may have added to what is expected to have been just a meager pickup in job growth in July.

  • Brokers Flee Knight Following Trading Blunder Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 5:57 PM ET
    Thomas M. Joyce, chairman and chief executive officer of Knight Capital Group Inc., second from the right, waits to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, May 25, 2010.

    Some of the nation’s largest brokerage firms have stopped doing business with Knight Capital Group, removing a critical lifeline for the market-maker as it struggles to contain the fallout from a $400 million trading mistake.

  • Banks Find New Way to Squeeze Investors Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 4:13 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Fixed-income investors are in the midst of a harsh transition as banks redeem their trust preferred shares.

  • Biggest One-Day Drop in Nat Gas Since 2009 Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 3:32 PM ET
    Natural Gas

    Natural gas futures plunged 8 percent Thursday as supplies grew more than expected last week and as hot temperatures were forecast to moderate by the middle of August.

  • Back-to-School ‘Buys’ for Investors: Analyst Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 3:26 PM ET
    Woman shopping for clothes

    As U.S. retailers head into the crucial back-to-school season, one analyst shared some of her top picks and argued that retailers’ past momentum could augur future strength.

  • ECB's 'Promises' Leave Investors Cold Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 3:00 PM ET

    Today's inaction by the European Central Bank was doubly disappointing because it had built up expectations.

  • 401K Contributions Up, but Average Balance Falls Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 2:21 PM ET

    The average balance at the nation's largest 401(k) administrator was $72,800 at the end of June, 2.4 percent less than at the end of March.

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    Impatient for action, investors immediately sold stocks and the euro, and moved into safe-haven bonds after the European Central Bank failed to deliver an immediate stimulus program Thursday morning.

  • Stocks to Watch: SNE, ARO, OMX & More Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 1:12 PM ET

    Take a look at some of Thursday's midday movers:

  • Expiring Tax Laws Instill Fear Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 11:07 AM ET
    Fiscal Cliff

    The particulars of the fiscal cliff go beyond tax rates, effecting a host of tax breaks and ancillary taxes.

  • Facebook’s ‘In a Penalty Box’: Analyst Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 9:12 AM ET

    The social-networking giant saw its shares hit a fresh all-time low in trading on Thursday, driven lower by investors who have in the words of one analyst put the stock “in a penalty box.”

  • Stocks to Watch: GM, CI, COST & More Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 8:14 AM ET

    Take a look at some of Thursday's morning movers: