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  • Forget Skype. The "Mad Money" host thinks Microsoft should have bought this company.

  • On Tuesday's CNBC's Fast Money pros were squarely focused on the tech sector and some major new developments. Will they move the needle?

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    Skype will continue to offer products across all platforms after it becomes a division of Microsoft, Chief Executive Tony Bates told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Jim Schrager, a clinical professor of entrepreneurship and strategy at the University of Chicago, has spent a tremendous amount of time studying Microsoft. Here's what he thinks of today’s announcement.

  • Ballmer & Bates on Landmark Deal

    Discussing the landmark, $8.5 billion Microsoft/Skype deal, with Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO; Tony Bates, Skype CEO, and CNBC's Jon Fortt.

  • Am I the only one who thinks this "bolt-on acquisition" is unnecessary or at least extremely expensive, and that it highlights the fact that Microsoft doesn't really have an organic growth strategy?

  • Stocks rose amid solid economic reports, stabilizing oil prices, and news of growth in the Chinese economy.

  • The S&P may reach the 1,400 to 1,430 level between now and the end of May, said Michael McGervey, president of McGervey Wealth Management. He explained his thinking to CNBC.

  • Based on market technicals, stocks may see a few weeks of weak price movement before resuming their uptrend, according to Mark Arbeter, chief technical strategist at S&P.

  • Six in 60

    Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.

  • Stock index futures are modestly higher after news import prices rose at a slower pace in April, and that margins for crude futures were raised 25 percent.

  • Finally, we’ve moved from a jobless recovery to a recovery where companies are actually hiring.More than  have been created in the past seven months, according to the Labor Department. And layoffs have been tapering off for more than a year now: There were just 37,000 positions lost in April, the third lowest in the past 16 months, according to the latest report from .“At the beginning of this year, we moved into a period of much stronger job creation,” said John Challenger, CEO of the company.

    As companies grew more confident in the recovery this year – and their profits – many announced plans to hire new workers. Here are more than 10 big companies that are hiring.

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    For many of the employed millions, the market is shifting. The number of vacant jobs is on the rise and discretionary choice is slowly returning. What are companies to do to retain their best talent?

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    One of the boldest steps Mr. Ryan takes to address our long term economic success is reducing the top tax rate for both individuals and companies to 25 percent...The only thing I would add to the Chairman’s plan is tax relief that would encourage bringing home more than a trillion dollars of US capital that could be used to help create American jobs and net $50 billion in extra tax revenues that our economy would otherwise never receive.

  • Google

    In an ad campaign using the old-fashioned medium of prime-time TV, Google is promoting its browser, Chrome, in the belief that it will benefit Google search, the New York Times reports.

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    The years following the Great Recession will feature the reemergence of U.S. manufacturing—everything from aeronautics to robots in warehouses, to high-speed cotton mills and 3-D model-making—but this generation of manufacturing will be polished and enhanced with technology.

  • The tech sector has the “dynamics and play” that can drive the markets in the next two years, said David Goerz, CIO of Highmark Capital.

  • When you look at just the raw cash numbers (including cash equivalents and short-term marketable securities), Apple is down the list at No. 6 with a lowly $29 billion. Here’s what most people—even analysts—overlook.

  • Cotton, sugar and lumber prices have been on the decline in the last month, so how should investors trade each of the commodities? Sterling Smith, commodity analyst at Country Hedging, shared his best plays.

  • NYSE Trader

    Stocks started May on a softer footing, in a day of mixed signals from markets.