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  • Stocks ended slightly up on Thursday, but the "Fast Money" traders found these market movers to be the most interesting.

  • Blackstone is bullish on private equity and real estate again, as market gains in these areas boosted the company's 2010 profit. Blackstone said its net income more than doubled last year on private equity gains.

  • Tony James digressed from the topic of his company's fourth-quarter earnings to field a question on whether such long-term notes would favor investors.

  • January retail sales surprise mostly to the upside, with little whining about the weather. They did it again: despite a lack of clearance inventory, tough comps, and snowstorms, most retailers posted gains in January.

  • Simon Baker of Baker Avenue Asset Management explains how.

  • Sara Lee

    Shares of Sara Lee took a  beating Friday after the company announced a controversial plan to split in two. The announcement came after weeks of bidding from suitors including a consortium led by private-equity firm Apollo Global Management, and a partnership between Blackstone Group and Brazilian meat processor JBS. Shares of the Downers Grove, Illinois-based company fell 2.5% today to close at $17.19.

  • Sara Lee

    Sara Lee may be pushing for a quicker deal than expected, after months of buyout rumors, people familiar with the matter told CNBC. The Downers Grove, Illinois-based packaged food company appears to be weighing bids from two suitors.

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    Large corporate clients are aiming to do business with the first consumers in the developing world, the CEO of the ratings consumer ratings enterprise Nielsen Company, David Calhoun, told CNBC Wednesday, on the day of its long-awaited IPO.

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    Many consider Wednesday's Nielsen IPO to be a referendum on their business. Don't. Because there's a much bigger story at work, and if you listen carefully, it could make you a lot of money.

  • Stephen A. Schwarzman

    Stephen Schwarzman, founder and CEO of the Blackstone Group, called the State-of-the-Union speech part of a welcome move to the center following the midterm elections.

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    Investor reaction to Nielsen Holdings, the research company slated to go public Wednesday, has been so upbeat that its shares are likely to price at or above the top of its stated range, say people familiar with the deal.

  • Emerging markets have had their run and now it’s time for investors to turn back to domestic US stocks, said David Katz, chief investment officer at Matrix Asset Advisors, and Ethan Anderson, portfolio manager at Rehmann Financial.

  • Outside the New York Stock Exchange in lower Manhattan.

    Emboldened by a rallying stock market, the media company Nielsen Holdings will launch its pre-IPO road show on Monday, according to people familiar with the matter, with meetings between company management and Wall Street salespeople this morning.

  • Citibank

    Citigroup is seeking buyers for CitiFinancial, the largest consumer finance company in the US, in a deal that could raise hundreds of millions of dollars and mark a milestone in the bank’s efforts to break with its troubled past. The FT reports.

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    It is the brass-tacks question every stock investor asks: What is this company really worth? But in the rarefied realm of private equity investing, the answer to that question is often hard to find, if it can be found at all, the New York Times reports.

  • Stocks ended slightly down from Wednesday's record high levels, shrugging off news of economic strength from several economic reports. AmEx fell, while Alcoa rose.

  • Stocks stumbled from their record highs Thursday despite a handful of upbeat economic reports, although trading remained light in the final sessions of the year. AmEx fell, while Alcoa rose.

  • Stocks pared gains in the final minutes of trading but still ended at new highs in light trading Wednesday as investors remained optimistic about the prospects for equities next year. McDonald's and Disney rose, while Alcoa fell.

  • Stocks continued to trade at new highs in light trading Wednesday as the closing bell approach despite an absence of fresh economic reports, as investors remained optimistic about the prospects for equities next year. McDonald's and Disney rose, while Alcoa fell.

  • Stocks continued to reach new highs Wednesday in an absence of economic data as trading volume continued to be light. McDonald's and Chevron rose, while P&G fell.