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Nov 22, 2010

Stocks in focus Tuesday : MarketWatch: Special Financial Services

Stocks to Watch: Stocks in focus Tuesday
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TiVo, Campbell and Guess are among the companies whose shares are likely to be active during Tuesday’s trading session.  

HP's Results Beat Forecasts, But Focus Is On the New CEO: CNBC Evening Brief


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MarketWatch:Monday's Personal Finance stories.- Personal Finance Daily


Personal Finance Daily
NOVEMBER 22, 2010


Monday's Personal Finance stories

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Holiday shopping has certainly gotten complicated. You can't even be sure just what you are busting down the doors for at your favorite retailer when Black Friday dawns since many stores have now time-stamped their best discounts — electronics from midnight to 6 a.m., clothes from 5 a.m. to noon, cosmetics and jewelry late in the day.

And a lot of companies are jumping on the apps bandwagon, making extra special offers available to customers through social networking sites and cell phones running programs that use GPS to locate your store position and text deals accordingly.

It's awfully hard to know if and when you're getting the best pricing. And retailers aren't above playing games in that regard, daring customers to guess whether discounts will get bigger or just disappear the closer Christmas Day draws. (Hint: Experts advise you not pass up early bargains.)

Why all the complex machinations? Retailers are trying to make money and we're trying to save it. And the stores know us better than we know them.

Steve Kerch, assistant managing editor


Best gift idea: Jump on holiday bargains early

From a promotion point of view, this could turn out to be the longest holiday-shopping season on the books, giving consumers a host of deals from which to choose right up until Christmas.
See Holiday Gift Guide.

Why your smart phone is Santa's best little helper

If you want to be a smart shopper during the holidays, don't leave home without your smart phone.
See Holiday Gift Guide.

Countdown to Black Friday

Black Friday has traditionally been shoppers' big holiday shopping sprint. But Black Friday now lasts seven days — and takes almost as much strategy and planning as the Thursday feast.
See Smart Money.

Seven smart money moves for the holidays

Times are tough. So how can you stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas this year? Here are seven smart money tips to get the most bang for your (diminished) bucks this holiday season.
See Smart Money.

How Victoria's Secret models plan to shop

At the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show, Andria Cheng goes backstage and talks to the models about how they're going to spend, or save, money this holiday season.
 Watch Video Report.


FTC takes on debt collectors

A proposed rule aimed at protecting the families of people who have died with unpaid debts is drawing fire from consumer advocates fearful that instead it will open the floodgates to aggressive collection tactics.
See Consumer Confidential.


Housing's ‘shadow inventory' rose in August

The pending supply or "shadow inventory" of U.S. homes hit 2.1 million units, or eight months of supply, in August, up more than 10% from 1.9 million units, or five months of supply, a year ago, according to a report by CoreLogic on Monday.
See Real Estate.

Health scare puts life's priorities in order

I was desperate to get my mind off the pain in my chest, but I wasn't making promises I couldn't keep or deals with the Almighty.
See Chuck Jaffe.


ETFs' growth fuels fears of ‘flash crash' repeat

With total assets in exchange-traded funds approaching $1 trillion, the rapid growth of these products is coming under fire from critics who contend that ETF proliferation has created new risks for investors.
See John Spence's ETF Investing.


Tough airport screenings to stay

The Obama administration will consider alternatives to the full-body scans and pat-downs that have outraged some airplane passengers, but for now those measures will stay, the chief of the Transportation Security Administration said Monday.
See Travel.

More holiday visitors are overnight guests

Many Thanksgiving hosts probably think they're operating a bed and breakfast. According to AOL Travel, more of us will be rolling out the welcome mat and the bedrolls for guests traveling on a budget. New at this? Your smartphone could be your most valuable kitchen gadget.
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Stocks End Mixed Awaiting News On Insider Trading, Ireland-U.S. Commentary : RTTNews: Evening Market Wrap

Evening Market Wrap Mon Nov 22 17:01 2010


Nov 22, 2010 Stocks End Mixed Awaiting News On Insider Trading, Ireland-U.S. Commentary Stocks ended on a mixed note to open the week on Monday, as traders waited for the federal hammer to fall on insider trading rings on Wall Street and looked for further developments in the Irish debt debacle. The major averages all moved to the upside in late-session dealing, although only the tech-heavy Nasdaq managed to finish in positive territory. Full Article

Corporate News

Nov 22, 2010 Novell To Be Acquired By Privately Held Attachmate For $2.2 BlnSoftware firm Novell, Inc. (NOVL) Monday announced a definitive merger deal to be acquired by privately held peer Attachmate Corp. for $6.10 per share or about $2.2 billion in cash. Bellevue, Washington-based Attachmate is owned by an investment group led by Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital and Thoma Bravo. It is one of the largest PC software companies in the world, with offices in more than 50 cities in North America and in 30 countries. Full Article
Nov 22, 2010 Potash One Agrees To Be Acquired By Germany's K+S For C$434 Mln CashCanadian resource company Potash One, Inc. (KCL.TO) agreed Monday for a friendly acquisition by Germany's K+S Aktiengesellschaft for C$4.50 per share or a total of C$434 in cash. The deal for the junior potash firm comes a week after the Canadian government successfully compelled mining giant BHP Billiton (BHP, BLT.L, BHP.AX) to withdraw its C$40 billion bid for Potash of Saskachewan (POT, POT.TO), Canada's largest potash producer. Full Article
Nov 22, 2010 Tyson Foods Posts Profit In Q4Meat products producer Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN) Monday reported a profit in the fourth quarter turning around from a loss a year ago, driven by lower goodwill impairment costs. On an adjusted basis, earnings rose year-over-year and topped analysts' forecast, reflecting higher beef, pork and prepared foods sales. Total sales also came in above Wall Street analysts' consensus. Full Article
Nov 22, 2010 Rolls-Royce Wins $1.8 Bln Engines Order From Air ChinaU.K.-based defense and aerospace company Rolls-Royce Group Plc (RR.L, RYCEY.PK) received a $1.8 billion worth engines order from Air China Ltd. (AIRYY.PK) to power a total of 20 new aircraft, the company said Monday. The contract also includes a TotalCare long-term service agreement. Full Article
Nov 22, 2010 'Harry Potter' Cruises With Franchise-Best $125 MillionOpening at more than 4,000 theaters, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One" dominated the box office over the weekend, posting the second highest weekend total of the year and averaging more than $30,000 per venue. Meanwhile, Paul Haggis' thriller "The Next Three Days" tanked in its opening, earning just $6.75 million and barely squeezing into the top five. Full Article

Political News

Nov 22, 2010 Obama's Re-election Prospects Uncertain Amid Weakness Among IndependentsWhile the 2012 U.S. presidential election is nearly two years away, the results of a Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday suggest that President Barack Obama's prospects for re-election are uncertain at best due to weakness among independent voters. The poll showed that 49 percent of voters think that Obama does not deserve to be re-elected compared to the 43 percent that think he does deserve to be re-elected. Full Article
Nov 22, 2010 Tea Party Letters Signal Potential Split Over Social IssuesHighlighting a potential split in the Tea Party movement, a group of Tea Party leaders and activists sent a letter to the Republican congressional leadership Monday seeking to rebut a letter from a separate group of Tea Party leaders and activists that called on the GOP to avoid social issues. Full Article

Stocks curbed by banks and euro-zone worries | F & F I N | Reuters - Daily Investor Update


Mining heiress moves on Ten.| F & F I N | The Australian Business Briefing

Mining heiress moves on Ten
Gina Rinehart James Chessell AUSTRALIA'S richest woman, Gina Rinehart, has taken a 10 per cent stake in Ten Network Holdings.
Wall St slips as FBI raids hedge funds
Wall Street UPDATE: Kristina Peterson US stocks fell as bank shares were hurt by worries about a broad insider-trading probe and energy shares took a hit from falling oil prices.
QR debut dispels the doubts
QR debut Andrew Main and Andrew Fraser AUSTRALIA'S largest sharemarket listing in 13 years, the QR National rail privatisation, turned the doubters to fools.
Focus shifts to in state's $14bn sell-off
Abbot Point Coal Terminal in Bowen Andrew Fraser ONLY two assets in the $14 billion Queensland privatisation program are still to be sold.
Deutsche Bank gambles on a casino
Cosmopolitan Christine Seib DEUTSCHE Bank has taken to "casino banking" in a rather different way from Wall Street - by opening its own Las Vegas gambling house.
Karoon Gas has sufficient funding: CFO
gas gauge Matthew Cowley KAROON Gas Australia says it has enough cash to fund its operations for "well over" the next 12 months.
Macquarie to fund LNG export facility
Macquarie Ryan Dezember A North American trading arm of Macquarie Group says it will help Freeport LNG Development build a $US2 billion LNG export terminal.
Fund warns against bank reform
banks Scott Murdoch THE federal government has been warned by one of Australia's largest fund managers against heavy-handed regulation of banks.
Financial Markets
Wall St slips as FBI raids hedge funds
Wall Street UPDATE: Kristina Peterson US stocks fell as bank shares were hurt by worries about a broad insider-trading probe and energy shares took a hit from falling oil prices.
Gold rises on unease over Ireland
QR faces 'activist' shareholder
Financial Markets Coverage
Mining & Energy
Gold rises on unease over Ireland
gold Matt Whittaker GOLD rose modestly today amid unease about Ireland's bailout request, but a stronger US dollar capped the gains.
Macquarie to fund LNG export facility
Karoon Gas has sufficient funding: CFO
More Mining & Energy Coverage

It is good enough for the NBN and it is happening | F & F I N | The Australian Capital Circle

 Capital Circle Newsletter
It is good enough for the NBN and it is happening
There's been a Newspoll bounce for the PM, but the NBN millstone still hangs heavy

First off: JULIA Gillard's personal support and Labor's vote have pulled out of post-election slumps. But the government faces overwhelming voter support for the Coalition's demands for a full costing of the National Broadband Network. For the first time since the August 21 election, the Labor government has pulled ahead of the Coalition on a two-party-preferred basis, 52 to 48 per cent - a reversal of the support two weeks ago, Dennis Shanahan reports. (Newspoll tables here). (Shanahan's take).
Business case: THE Gillard government has hired external corporate advisers to test the assumptions underpinning the confidential business case behind the NBN. Industry leaders have warned Labor it is failing to heed the lessons of the Telstra experience by deciding against mandating the privatisation of the $43 billion network, Annabel Hepworth and Lauren Wilson report.
Upper House deadlock: SENATE support for national broadband network legislation is perched on a knife edge, after the government yesterday failed to reach an agreement with two key independents ... the government hopes to pass competition law changes through the Senate this week, Clancy Yeates writes. The Greens yesterday said they would back the bill, which splits the retail and wholesale arms of Telstra, independent senators Nick Xenophon and Steve Fielding had last night failed to reach a compromise with the government.
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NYT : Afternoon Business News: Agents Raid 3 Hedge Funds' Offices


Nuclear Plant Finds Novel Way to Decommission

Instead of hiring a contractor, Exelon has turned the job and the reactors over to a nuclear demolition company with its own nuclear dump site.

Nissan Says Its Leaf Gets Equivalent of 99 M.P.G.

The E.P.A. calculated the 99 m.p.g.-equivalent figure for the battery-powered car by combining ratings of 106 m.p.g. in city driving and 92 m.p.g. on highways.

Agents Raid 3 Hedge Funds' Offices

Two of the funds under investigation, Level Global Investors and Diamondback Capital, are both run by alumni of the giant hedge fund SAC Capital.

Instead of Company Cars, Rentals by the Hour

For employers, car sharing is a way to reduce automobile rental costs and the expense of a large vehicle fleet.

Novell Being Acquired for $2.2 Billion

The software maker Novell said on Monday that it had agreed to be acquired by the Attachmate Corporation for $2.2 billion in cash, or $6.10 a share.

The Washington Post Afternoon Edition: Most Read Articles.

Washington Post

1) Why are the Marines the military's biggest backers of 'don't ask, don't tell'?

Why are the Marines the military's biggest backers of 'don't ask, don't tell'?

2) Obama's foreign policy needs an update

His foreign policy would have made sense in 1983.

3) Calling the bluff on deficits

Boehner should commit to a vote before knowing what the deficit commission will produce.

4) Our burgeoning budget and the politics of avoidance

The proposed solutions to the budget problem are delusional.

5) Don't touch my junk

A docile public can only tolerate only so much idiocy at airports.

6) The T.S. of A takes control

What the TSA is doing is mostly security theater.

7) Marriage injustice

EDITH "EDIE" WINDSOR and Thea Spyer were together for 44 years and legally married since 2007. They lived in New York, which recognizes same-sex marriage. But none of that mattered when Ms. Spyer died at 77 in 2009 after a decades-long struggle with multiple sclerosis.

8) Enduring the bare necessities in airport screening

What price in dignity are we willing to pay for the illusion of safety?

9) Review U.S. policy toward North Korea

The U.S. would do well to accept the country as it is.

10) Another angle on deficit reduction

WE WROTE this month about the deficit reduction blueprint issued by the co-chairs of President Obama's fiscal responsibility commission. Now comes a second plan, released last Wednesday, that differs in key respects and also merits close study. The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) proposal, oversee...

Humana to buy Concentra for $790 million to diversify | . F & F I N |Reueters - Deals Today

Humana to buy Concentra for $790 million to diversify
Scotiabank in C$2.3 billion deal for DundeeWealth
China's Xinmao hijacks European cable deal
Boeing to buy Summit Aeronautics Group
K+S to buy Potash One for $428 million
Quadrangle not planning new fund: source
Hana set for $4.1 billion KEB deal, ANZ sidelined: source
Genzyme considering new deal structure: report