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Would Amazon Buy Sears?

Every time the M&A market heats up, the number of preposterous ideas for business combinations rises. The market is once again afloat with cheap capital and a number of tech ...
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Natural Gas Inventories Support Bullish Sentiments

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Thursday morning that U.S. natural gas stocks increased by 24 billion cubic feet for the week ending April 11. That compared with an ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Alcoa, BofA, Boardwalk, Netflix, NBG, SanDisk and More

Stocks have recovered from their recent selling pressure, but now investors have to consider that a three-day weekend is here for all major markets in Europe and in North and ...
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Fed Beige Book Reflects Improved U.S. Economy

U.S. economic activity increased in most of the 12 Federal Reserve districts since the March report according to the April version of the Beige Book released Wednesday afternoon. Eight Fed ...
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Sharp Rise in Crude Oil Inventories Unlikely to Lower Gasoline Prices

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its weekly petroleum status report Wednesday morning. U.S. commercial crude inventories increased by 10 million barrels last week, maintaining a total U.S. commercial ...
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New Housing Construction Jumps Nearly 3% in March

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported Wednesday morning that new housing starts in March rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000. ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Control4, Cree, NetApp, Twitter, Yahoo!, Yelp and More

Stocks are trying to recover from their recent selling pressure, but investors remain wary. These same investors are caught between a rock and a hard place -- they want upside, ...
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Workers Say Walmart Chairman Owes $7.8 Billion Tax

A new report from a coalition called Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) claims that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), Chairman Rob Walton and the entire Walton family owe the United ...
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Home Builder Confidence Downbeat on Tight Credit, Limited Building Lots

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo housing market index for April rose one point to 47 from a reading of 46 in March. The reading was below a ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Citigroup, Equinix, IBM, Visa, Yahoo, Walmart and More

Stocks have been trying to recover from their sell-off, but investors remain wary. Equity investors want upside from stocks, but they also want to avoid a market correction or a ...
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Budget Deficit Continues Shrinking

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated estimate of the U.S. federal budget deficit on Monday afternoon. The agency now estimates that the fiscal year 2014 deficit will fall ...
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Retail Sales Blossom in March

Monday morning, the U.S. Census Bureau released advance estimates of retail and food services sales for March. Sales rose 1.1% to $433.9 billion, compared with February sales, and 3.8% year ...
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Key Analyst Sell Ratings: Arch Coal, IBM, Domtar and More

After hitting new all-time highs just a week ago, both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 came under pressure this past week. And the carnage in the ...
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Consumer Sentiment Rises to Nine-Month High

The preliminary April read on the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index rose to a nine-month high of 82.6. A survey of economists by Bloomberg had a consensus estimate ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Cisco, Cogent, Ford, Gap, Pier 1, Zynga and More

Stocks have given back a lot of the gains, and the former momentum leaders are getting pounded. Investors want upside, but that also want to avoid a nasty correction or ...
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