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  • Scrabble

    You still can't use people's names in Scrabble — but according to the latest update of one major Scrabble dictionary, words like "Grrl" and "Innit" are just fine.

  • Bratz Dolls

    A federal court jury has rejected Mattel Inc.'s copyright infringement claims involving MGA Entertainment's popular line of Bratz dolls and awarded MGA $88.4 million for misappropriation of its trade secrets by the Barbie-maker.

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    Hasbro's earnings announcement certainly didn't wind up investors Thursday — the toymaker missed expectations and reported net income fell 71 percent.

  • Stocks ended higher as investors took heart from strong economic news and shrugged off disappointing quarterly results ahead of a big week of earnings. Merck and DuPont led the Dow higher, while BofA fell.

  • Stocks lost a little steam in the final hour of trading as technology companies slid, although investors remained encouraged by several upbeat economic report. Merck and DuPont gained, while BofA fell.

  • These are a few stock plays ahead of a possible inflation, said Steven Charest, chief market strategist at Divine Capital Markets. 

  • The upcoming earnings season is going to be the sixth consecutive quarter of double-digit earnings growth, according to Michael Thompson, managing director of Standard & Poor’s.

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    Which companies are vulnerable to hostile takeover bids? There’s no way to know, for sure. But some companies stick out more than others.  Using a screen created on AnalytixInsight’s database, I came up with three interesting possibilities.

  • NASDAQ

    In a fight for listings, the Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange are stealing companies from one another as the number of companies listing on the two exchanges dwindles, the New York Times reports.

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    The Barbie concept store in Shanghai Mattel’s decision to shut its flagship store in Shanghai follows failures by other U.S. retailers in China including Home Depot and Best Buy. The FT reports.

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    Kids love to play with devices such as Apple's iPad, and this isn't lost on toy makers, who are using a variety of tactics to keep kids of all ages engaged amid the increased competition for a share of kids' playtime.

  • Toy land is a happier place these days. After logging its first sales gains since 2006, the toy industry is heading into 2011 more optimistic about the year ahead. The upbeat tone was felt at the the largest toy trade show in the Western Hemisphere, which took place at the Javitz Center in New York City. Attendance at the show was up quite a bit both in terms of the people walking the booths and those showing their wares. The coming year will bring a number of toy-friendly movies such as “Cars 2

    After logging its first sales gains since 2006, the toy industry is heading into 2011 more optimistic about the year ahead. Here are some of the coolest gadgets from the 108th annual American International Toy Fair!

  • Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks closed narrowly mixed with the major indices ending above key thresholds as investors focused on troubles in Egypt, shrugged off good job news, and took a breather after the market posted new multi-year highs on Tuesday. Disney rose, while Home Depot fell.

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    What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Wednesday, Feb. 2.

  • Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks were narrowly mixed ahead of the close, but still remained within a narrow trading range, as investors focused on unrest in Egypt and took a breather after the market posted new multi-year highs on Tuesday. Disney rose, while Home Depot fell.

  • Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks struggled for direction on Wednesday as clashes between government supporters and protesters in Egypt weighed on the market amid news of a better-than-expected gain in private-sector hiring last month. Merck and BofA fell, while Disney rose.

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    There's nothing like a celebrity romance to stir up a little publicity, especially when the star in question is very public about his affections. As Mattel prepares to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Ken doll, it is staging an effort to prove that Ken truly is the ultimate boyfriend as he woos back Barbie.

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    How much do you know about Barbie and Ken, a timeless romance and classic brand? Take our quiz and find out.

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    As you put cookies out for Santa Christmas Eve, be sure to get bandages and hydrogen peroxide ready, too.

  • Stock shares

    A proposed extension of the 15 percent tax on dividend income may nudge more companies to restore dividends that were cut during the financial crisis, analysts say.