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I Prefer a Bold Marissa Mayer

01/16/14 - 02:17 PM EST

Yes, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to fire COO Henrique de Castro after only a 15-month tenure reveals that Yahoo's core business continues to struggle. But is this news? No! Mayer has the benefit of taking risks in the core business (think: expensive Tumblr acquisition for example), and being brutal at times when it comes to management decisions, because of the Alibaba halo....

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Retail Battlefield: 3 Stocks That Are Buyable Here

01/16/14 - 02:14 PM EST

The bloodbath in retail in the last couple of weeks doesn't seem to want to come to an end, with a dismal report from Best Buy, one of the best performers in 2013, today. This week marked one of the most pessimistic ICR XChange conferences in recent years. So is anything buyable? Here are three names that I think are...

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Think 2013 Was a Big IPO year? Watch Out For 2014...

01/16/14 - 08:55 AM EST

While we don't have pricing details yet for many of 2014's hyped potential IPOs, it's key to know which names to have on your radar. This year holds a good deal of promise for the IPO market, where investors want to seek new names to play strong themes and with an appetite for growth...

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Market Movers: Markets Rise as Bank of America Reports Strong Numbers

01/15/14 - 01:06 PM EST

U.S. markets are up today, as Bank of America's profit surged. Tesla is rising further after a strong Model S report yesterday. 3D names, like 3D Systems and Stratasys , are falling after peer ExOne reported disappointing numbers. Burberry is trading up after strong retail sales growth and Apple is in focus as CEO Tim Cook held a press conference in China for the company's new agreement with China Mobile. General Motors GM announces its $1.20 per share annual dividend....

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Why Google Can Pay Whatever It Wants

01/14/14 - 07:02 PM EST

When not talking about potential privacy issues, Many analysts and commentators have been balking at the price Google paid for Nest. A whopping $3.2 billion in cash ain't cheap, after all.But one thing not enough people are saying? Why not! Google ended last quarter with about $56.5 billion in cash. Even though the company is investing in research & development and its own growth, its $12 billion annual free cash flow generation still leaves a lot on the table.

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Chart of The Day: Beam

01/13/14 - 06:07 PM EST

Breaking up ain't hard to do. The celebration of Beam's chart is more than a one day spike - it is years of value creation

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Morning Movers: Beam Up on Takeover; Retailers Disappoint; Wendy's Heads Higher

01/13/14 - 01:01 PM EST

Today kicked off with a 'merger Monday' takeover of Beam by Japan's Suntory and was rounded out by disappointing retail data from the likes of Lululemon, Express, Ascena and SodaStream. In food, we got another smart tuck-in acquisition from health play Hain Celestial and good numbers out of Wendys...

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Market Reaction Muted to Disappointing Jobs Data

01/10/14 - 06:15 PM EST

We heard this morning that the U.S added 74,000 jobs in December, well below estimates for almost 200,000 and last month's upwardly revised 241,000. And, while the unemployment rate dropped to 6.7%, below economist estimates, this was largely due to the continued reduction in the labor force, with the participation rate dropping to 62.8%.Many have pointed to this data point being an outlier, particularly given weather issues and its stark contrast with stronger economic data we have received. But there is no doubt that today's number was disappointing...

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Retailers in 2014: A Story of Execution

01/09/14 - 03:54 PM EST

With mixed data from the likes of Macy's and Bed Bath & Beyond today, Nicole Urken takes a look at the outlook for retail this year.

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Alcoa Kicks Off Earnings Season

01/09/14 - 03:53 PM EST

Stop, look and listen during earnings season

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Nicole Urken is Research Director of Mad Money and Jim Cramer's researcher at TheStreet. Nicole analyzes stocks and develops a strategic macro outlook, which she incorporates into segment ideas for CNBC's "Mad Money." Nicole also supports Jim's other endeavors including "Squawk on the Street," RealMoney.com, and his latest best-selling book "Get Rich Carefully."

Previously, she worked as an investment banking analyst for the Industrials Group in Goldman Sachs' New York office. Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, Nicole graduated with honors from Harvard College, where she served as executive editor of The Harvard Crimson.

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