MEGA Brands Joins Mattel Toy Empire

MEGA Brands formally will become a part of Mattel Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT). The Canadian toy company's shareholders overwhelmingly approved the merger. This merger was to require approval of at least ...
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Housing development

Absolute Sticker Shock for New Home Prices

After the U.S. Census Bureau released data on new single-family home sales for March Wednesday morning, the big shocker was that new home sales fell by a whopping 14.5% to ...
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global network concept

Verizon Earnings Excitement Muted by AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) did manage to show growth in its first-quarter 2014 earnings, but investors should not at all be surprised about the "sell the news" reaction that has ...
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Four Seasons 757

Four Seasons Launches Flying Luxury Hotel

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has launched its flying luxury hotel schedule for 2014. A round-the-world trip for two on the customized Boeing 757 will set you back $119,000 per ...
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Outdoor Advertising

Lamar to Debut as REIT With Almost 5% Yield

Lamar Advertising Co. (NASDAQ: LAMR) has announced that the outdoor advertising and logo sign display company has received communication from the Internal Revenue Service regarding its plan to convert to ...
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States Where the Most Kids Go Hungry

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 49 million people in the United States lived in households struggling to find enough food to eat. Nearly 16 million ...
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Active investor

Plug Power Holders Win, and Lose, from Capital Raise

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) is doing something that is good for the company, but at the expense of existing shareholders. The controversial alternative energy company filed to raise an ...
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Solar rooftop installation

SunPower Shines With Google in Residential Solar

SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) announced Wednesday morning that it would join with Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) to provide up to $250 million in new financing for residential solar installations. Google ...
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Refinery Activity Could Thwart Rising Gas Prices

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its weekly petroleum status report Wednesday morning. U.S. commercial crude inventories increased by 3.5 million barrels last week, maintaining a total U.S. commercial ...
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Why Facebook Has to Blow Away Its Earnings Numbers

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) is set to report earnings for its first quarter after the close of trading on Wednesday. The long and short of the matter is that Mark ...
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Companies Betting on the Next 10 Blockbuster Drugs

The biotech sector has seen its valuations hit hard in many cases in 2014, but many investors remain excited about the future wave of big biotech drugs -- and big ...
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home prices

March New Homes Sales Collapse

The U.S. Census Bureau Wednesday morning released data on new single-family home sales for March. Sales fell 14.5% month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000 from an upwardly ...
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Xerox HQ

Xerox Turnaround Continues to Collapse

Xerox (NYSE: XRX) disclosed two important sets of information recently. The first is that long-time CEO Ursula Burns received another huge compensation package -- in this case for 2013. The ...
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Apple mobile/touch devices

Apple Earnings Preview: iPhone 6 Launch vs. Dividend and Buyback

Wednesday afternoon likely will be make or break for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) after it reports its second-quarter earnings. The consumer electronics giant has seen its former days of the ...
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Rising Coffee Prices Threaten Profits

Since the end of January, coffee futures have jumped from around $1.20 a pound to trade near $2.16 a pound on Wednesday for July futures. Coffee prices have not been ...
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