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  • 20 Mid-Cap Stocks With the Potential to Pop Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | 4:43 PM ET
    It's the basic question when investing in a stock: Is it on the way up or down? To answer this question, the street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation. After dissecting companies’ business prospects, Wall Street analysts come up with price targets of where they think a stock is headed. With estimates from Thomson Reuters, CNBC’s analyti

    So, which mid-cap stocks do Wall Street analysts predict have the biggest potential to pop from current stock prices? Click ahead to find out!

  • Luxury Gifts for the Holidays 2011 Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | 11:59 AM ET
    'Tis the time for giving. This holiday season, affluent consumers are becoming more comfortable with their spending. On average, affluent households spend more than four times the average family on holiday gifts, according to the National Retail Federation industry trade group. “After four plus years of reprioritizing and realigning their spending to match their values, affluent consumers are feeling quite good about themselves and their ability to maintain — and even increase — their family’s h

    For those who want to spare no expense, there are plenty of fashionable items that are on trend. Click for some luxurious gift ideas.

  • The World’s 10 Worst Countries for Business Thursday, 3 Nov 2011 | 3:40 PM ET
    As the U.S. and Europe grapple with slowing growth, more businesses are turning attention to emerging markets for expansion and profits. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into countries like Brazil, Russia and Indonesia are at record highs, with Brazil attracting $48.4 billion dollars in 2010, an increase of 87 percent over 2009.While it's difficult to resist the growth opportunities provided by emerging markets, running a successful business in many of these countries is far from easy.We put toge

    Our top 10 rankings are based on the World Bank's 'Ease of Doing Business' study, which includes 183 countries.

  • Meet the GOP Presidential Candidates Thursday, 3 Nov 2011 | 1:00 PM ET
    American voters will soon be well acquainted with the Republican presidential candidates vying to unseat President Obama. The first primaries are only a couple months away. For those who don’t follow the daily news flow, there are a series of nationally televised debates to get to know the candidates and issues. Having begun in May, the next major debate is  What’s more, this presidential election will be somewhat unique. It is the first one to reflect the  as well as the groundbreaking 2010 Sup

    For those who don’t follow the daily news flow, there are a series of nationally televised debates to get to know the candidates and issues.

  • America's Crumbling Bridges Thursday, 3 Nov 2011 | 10:52 AM ET
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    In 2011, the American Society of Civil Engineers rated the nation's overall infrastructure a "D," with bridges receiving a "C." Here's a list of states with the most structurally unsound bridges.

  • 10 Holiday Shopping Apps That Will Save You Money Thursday, 3 Nov 2011 | 9:40 AM ET
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    We’ve gathered up 10 of the best apps to help you save money this holiday season. All the apps listed here are free and widely available across multiple smartphone platforms, such as iOS and Android.

  • Homes of the GOP Candidates Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 3:27 PM ET
    When every part of a presidential candidate’s life and history goes under the microscope, it’s not surprising that some of their homes have led to controversy. In fact, for one candidate, two properties have become the center of a heated debate.

    Click ahead to learn about these abodes, located in nine states, and find out who owns, has owned, or rents each house.

  • Biggest Mistakes Made by Small Business Owners Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 1:54 PM ET
    Entrepreneurial ventures are fraught with missteps, mishaps and mistakes. No matter how steeped you are in business ownership experience, you are bound to run into problems at some point. The key to your success is to quickly identify your mistakes, learn from them and prevent the same mistake from happening again, says Mike Michalowicz, small business expert and author of Most business owners fall into the same traps. It’s those mistakes which could make the difference between owning a successf

    Entrepreneurial ventures are fraught with missteps, mishaps, and mistakes. Here are 10 of the most common business blunders.

  • 11 Costly Sports Divorces Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 12:07 PM ET
    On Oct. 31, 2011, the world was blindsided by the news that reality TV star Kim Kardashian was divorcing her husband, National Basketball Association star Kris Humphries. The couple had married on Aug. 20, 2011 in a storybook wedding worth . A mere 72 days later, however, Kardashian had filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.Fortunately, the couple had a prenuptial agreement in place, so each party is likely to walk away from the union with their finances intact. This puts Humphrie

    However long they were married, the price of breaking the contract was huge -- sometimes even reached nine figures.

  • Hot Holiday Toys Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 9:38 AM ET
    Santa delivered for the toy industry last year. After several years of decline, U.S. sales turned around in 2010 and grew about 2 percent from the prior year to about $21.87 billion, according to market researcher NPD Group. The holiday season is a critical time for the industry because that is when it rings up the bulk of its annual sales. This year, many toymakers are sticking to tried-and-true formulas to win customers. But these classic themes often have a new twist that makes them fresh. We

    We’ve scanned the hot holiday toy lists from retailers, trade publications and blogs, and did a little digging ourselves to bring you a collection of toys that is sure to please.

  • Movie Fantasy Jobs Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 1:31 PM ET
    Movies have glamorized many occupations over the years. The films of Humphrey Bogart let viewers live vicariously as street-smart private eyes. James Bond made audience members imagine themselves as debonair, globe-hopping spies with exotic seductresses in every port of call. And Clint Eastwood’s westerns made people visualize themselves as the frontier’s messengers of bloody vengeance.What these films failed to do was accurately convey a picture of their main characters’ day-to-day finances. Wa

    CNBC.com considered how famous movie characters made their living. We found what their salaries would be in real life, then determined if they could really afford to live in that apartment, drive that car, or eat at that restaurant.

  • Odd Jobs of Celebrity Entourage Members Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 12:49 PM ET
    The less than down-to-earth celebrities out there have been known to surround themselves with helpers, minions, a posse, and/or “yes men.” These can be official employees, friends, or a combination of both.Some obvious entourage functions include personal assistant, bodyguard, driver, child-care provider, chef, and trainer. A newer task for aspiring hangers-on is social media specialist—someone to ghost-tweet the superstar’s comings and goings.As you’ll see in the following examples, members of

    Theses 10 entourage examples start with a king and end with one of the biggest divas of them all.

  • 10 Small Cap CEO Millionaires Thursday, 27 Oct 2011 | 2:22 PM ET
    If the Occupy Wall Street movement has you thinking that only Wall Street titans earn millions, think again. Middle Market CEOs – presiding over companies worth far less than any in the S&P 500 – are quietly getting rich. Wall Street may have propagated the myth that financial wizardry is a prerequisite for wealth, but these CEOs prove otherwise – earning handsome salaries for running companies that provide tangible products like clothing, housewares, and school supplies. The CEOs listed here ru

    Middle Market CEOs – presiding over companies worth far less than any in the S&P 500 – are quietly getting rich. Click to see executives leading middle market companies.

  • Cramer's 10 years of crazy costumes Thursday, 27 Oct 2011 | 9:39 AM ET
    Jim Cramer will go to any length to help homegamers understand the complex world of investing. To get his point across, the "Mad Money" host has donned some pretty interesting outfits, including everything from a full HazMat suit to dressing as National Basketball Association star LeBron James. Cramer intended to better explain the stock market, but he also provided for some great Halloween costume ideas. Click ahead for some of Cramer’s craziest costumes, as seen on “Mad Money.”

    Jim Cramer will go above and beyond, even when it means wearing a ridiculous costume sometimes.

  • The $40 Billion Iraqi Money Trail Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 | 4:20 PM ET
    It has been called the largest airborne transfer of currency in the history of the world. But finding out what happened to all the money involved has become one of the biggest financial mysteries of all time. Beginning in the very earliest days of the war in Iraq, the New York Federal Reserve shipped billions of dollars in physical cash to Baghdad to pay for the reopening of the government and restoration of basic services. By one account, the New York Fed shipped about $40 billion in cash betwe

    Finding out what happened to all the money involved has become one of the biggest financial mysteries of all time.

  • US States With the Most Millionaires 2011 Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 | 12:18 PM ET
    Each year, analyzes national data on millionaire households to reveal which states attract the most high-income families.Data from Phoneix shows a list of states with the highest percentage of millionaires by population, while the overall number of millionaire households in the US has increased nationwide for the first time in two years. In 2009, there were 5.14 million millionaire households, compared to 5.56 million in 2010, an increase of approximately 7.6% that saw nearly every US state incr

    Each year, Phoenix Marketing International analyzes national data on millionaire households to reveal which US states attract the most high-income families.

  • Europe's Most Luxurious Hotels Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 | 11:37 PM ET
    With the euro zone in crisis and the U.S. economy sluggish at best, luxury breaks in some of the world's best hotels might not be at the top of everyone's priority list, but premium hotels are doing surprisingly well, according to research by American Express Business Insights.Looking at hotel sector trends in Europe from the 2008 downturn to the first quarter of 2011, Sujata Bhatia, vice president of AMEX Business Insights for Europe and Asia, found that luxury accommodation is rebounding more

    Premium hotels are doing surprisingly well thanks to visitors from the US and BRIC nations.  CNBC takes a look at fourteen of the grandest hotels in Europe.

  • Asia's Richest Families Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 | 9:42 PM ET
    Asia’s surging wealth is creating more millionaires and billionaires than any other region of the world. Private bank Julius Baer forecasts that the wealth of the region’s 3.3 million high net worth individuals (HNWIs) will triple to nearly $15.81 trillion by 2015.Strong economic growth, coupled with booming stock and property markets, have helped some of Asia’s largest businesses expand at a rapid pace. Given Asia’s culture of family businesses, many of the region’s biggest companies are family

    We’ve compiled a list of Asia-Pacific’s10 richest families. Find out which families are among the wealthiest in the region.

  • Massive Mansion Markdowns Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 | 5:11 PM ET
    The following nine enormous homes started out with price tags that were even more enormous than they are now. All told, these properties have been reduced in price by more than $85 million.Why do these upscale properties linger on the market? When the lowest asking price out of these mansions is about $10 million, you’re already talking about a limited pool of potential buyers. Perhaps some of the properties are too specialized, as a few residences in this collection cater to pretty specific int

    The following nine enormous homes started out with price tags that were even more enormous than they are now. Click to see the following list of drastically discounted mansions.

  • Playboy’s Million-Dollar Modeling Offers Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 | 2:31 PM ET
    From its first issue featuring Marilyn Monroe, magazine has sought well-known women to pose on its pages, a strategy that has made it one of the most iconic American magazines in history. Securing some of the world’s most recognizable sex symbols to pose for photo shoots has been a key strategy of allowing it to sell millions of copies — sometimes with the allure of a single model. Many of the most in-demand women are also reluctant to appear in the magazine, however, leading to make big offers

    So, which celebrities have reportedly been offered huge sums to appear in Playboy? Which have turned them down? Click ahead to find out.

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