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  • Fast Food Stock Plays Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | 3:17 PM ET
    Fast Food Stock Plays

    Burger King is spending about $750 million over the next 12 months to introduce 10 new items across the country. R.J. Hottovy, Morningstar restaurant analyst and Nick Setyan, Wedbush Securities senior equity analyst, weigh in on how to play the fast food space.

  • $706B Worth of Global Advice Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | 1:40 PM ET
    $706B Worth of Global Advice

    The risk of a double-dip recession in the U.S. has subsided, but investors should not grow complacent, says John Hailer, Natixis Global Asset Mgmt. president/CEO.

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    Concerns over Spain, high oil prices and the speed of an economic slowdown in China will lead to a shift in investor sentiment in the second quarter, prompting a pause in the rally that saw markets climb to multi-year highs in the first quarter of 2012, analysts said on Monday.

  • Three Tickets in 3 States Share Mega Millions Jackpot Saturday, 31 Mar 2012 | 8:23 AM ET
    Tammy Redlen (C) and Sierra Luchien (L) are jubilant as they walk in Bluebird liquor store after waiting in line for nearly three hours to purchase their Mega Millions lottery ticket on March 29, 2012 in Hawthorne, California.

    The Illinois winning ticket was sold in the small town of Red Bud, near St. Louis. The Maryland lottery winner is from Baltimore County. No details released on Kansas.

  • How Credit Card Companies Detect Fraud Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 5:14 PM ET
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    If the MasterCard and Visa security breach is real as many as 10 million cardholders may get phone calls about suspicious activity on their accounts.

  • Lotto Mania: Lump Sum vs. Annuity Payoff Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 4:42 PM ET
    Lotto Mania: Lump Sum vs. Annuity Payoff

    NBC's Gabe Gutierrez reports on tonight's drawing of the largest lottery in world history; and Austan Goolsbee, University of Chicago professor and Ron Insana, CNBC contributor, weigh in on why they would prefer a lump sum.

  • Preparing for Global Headwinds Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 4:05 PM ET
    Preparing for Global Headwinds

    Sharing investor advice amid growing concerns over a hard-landing in China and rising gasoline prices, with Thomas Lee, JPMorgan chief U.S. equity strategist, and Stephen Gallagher, Societe Generale corporate and investment banking.

  • Dividends vs. Buybacks Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 2:05 PM ET
    Dividends vs. Buybacks

    Sharing perspective on tonight's lottery drawing for $640M and whether investors should safeguard their money in dividend stocks or companies who are buying back shares, with Randy Bateman, Huntington Funds CIO and Barry James, James Advantage Funds president.

  • All Over the Place Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 12:55 PM ET
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    The residential rebound is under way in fits and starts, but it is volatile, and it is local.

  • IPOs at Lowest Level Since 2009: Report Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 5:46 AM ET
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    Global IPO activity for the first quarter of 2012 fell to its lowest level since the second quarter of 2009, according to a new report from Ernst & Young.

  • Fed's Low Interest Rates 'Toxic' for Economy: Pro Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 2:01 AM ET
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    While the U.S. Federal Reserve has reiterated it would keep interest rates near zero until late 2014, Sam Chandan, Chief Economist at Chandan Economics, says that low interest rates distort asset prices and are "toxic" for the economy.

  • States With the Best Credit Scores Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 5:09 PM ET
    In January 2010, the average credit score in the United States was 692, according to  Today, it’s between 700 and 710, according to John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at  a credit-monitoring website. In an interview with CNBC.com, he said that reduction of credit-card debt is the main factor behind increased credit scores. “There’s no doubt,” he said.If average credit scores are rising because consumers have begun to pay down their credit-card debts, then economic conditions must be

    Not all states are created equal. Read ahead to see which states have the best credit scores in the country.

  • Ugh! The Top 10 Tax-Procrastinating Cities Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 2:56 PM ET
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    You haven't done your taxes yet, have you? Yep, I figured. Me neither! Is your city on the top 10 most tax-procrastinatinest cities? Click ahead to find out!

  • Rubber Chickens & TV Sitcoms: Cost of Laughing Rises Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 2:10 PM ET
    Don't worry. It's rubber.

    Like to laugh? Yeah, that's going to cost you. While you were worried about high gas prices, the price of rubber chickens hit a 25-year high.

  • Ron Burgundy, played by Will Ferrell, appears on Conan to announce an Anchorman sequel.

    Guess what, jazz flute fans — Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 news team are back! Will Ferrell popped by the "Conan" show as Ron Burgundy to announce that they will be making a sequel to movie "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."

  • Digital Rail Crash-Avoidance Runs Into Trouble Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 1:19 PM ET
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    Plans for a nationwide, state-of-the-art railroad safety system, inspired by a fatal crash in 2008, are meeting with resistance, due to a fierce debate over its effectiveness and business benefits.

  • US to Power Ahead, Leaving Europe in Its Wake: OECD Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 7:40 AM ET
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    Recent economic data suggest the U.S. economy will power ahead of Europe in the first half of 2012, with consumers growing increasingly confident and boosting activity in the former while more reforms are needed in the latter to boost growth, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in a report on Thursday.

  • GI Bill Benefit Cut Tied to Jump in Veteran Employment? Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012 | 2:29 PM ET
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    After charting five consecutive years of steady growth in the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported a sharp five-percentage point decline in January and February of this year, bringing the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans below that of the general population for the first time since 2008.

  • London, New York Top Cities for Wealthy: Report Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012 | 4:40 AM ET
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    London and New York are still the most important cities for the super-rich despite stiff competition from the emerging economies, a report into attitudes of the wealthy has revealed.

  • Oil Could Hit $150 Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 | 6:46 PM ET
    Oil Could Hit $150

    Greg Smith, Group CEO, Global Commodities, says forward oil prices are trading below spot prices because they haven't factored in tensions with Iran. He adds that the price could rise to $150 given the risks of conflict with Iran.