Most-Searched Stocks: Merck, Schering-Plough

Geron, one of the beneficiaries of President Obama's executive order on stem-cell research, also makes the list.
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Stocks in New York flirted with the flat-line all day Monday after a mega merger announcement between cholesterol-drug teammates


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Schering Plough


failed to spark the markets, but it did push both companies onto's

top ten most searched stocks list.

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Merck was one of the weakest


components, after it proposed a $41 billion cash-and-stock deal, offering Schering Plough shareholders 0.5767 of a Merck share and $10.50 in cash for each of their shares. Schering's have surged almost 20% higher.

Next on stock search, a few stem-cell stocks were highly searched on Monday as President Obama was set to sign an executive order that would reverse restrictions on stem cell research.


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surged over 20% and 50%, respectively.

Drug mergers dominated the news, but the banking sector was not forgotten as

Capital One

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became the latest bank to

cut its dividend

. The company said that scaling back to 5 cents a share from 37.5 cents will preserve more than $500 million in capital annually.

Other banks heavily searched on Monday included

Wells Fargo

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which cut


dividend on Friday, as well as

JP Morgan Chase

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Bank of America

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Speaking of Wells Fargo, the bank is a holding of another most searched stock

Berkshire Hathaway

. Warren Buffett's lengthy appearance on CNBC's Squawk Box program drove up interest in his holding company, lifting it onto the list.

Finally, a merger gone sour is back in the headlines sending both companies back on the most searched stocks list. Over the weekend,

Dow Chemical

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Rohm & Haas


said that they have been negotiating the terms of the $15 billion merger between the two firms.

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Before joining, Gregg Greenberg was a writer and segment producer for CNBC's Closing Bell. He previously worked at FleetBoston and Lehman Brothers in their Private Client Services divisions, covering high net-worth individuals and midsize hedge funds. Greenberg attended New York University's School of Business and Economic Reporting. He also has an M.B.A. from Cornell University's Johnson School of Business, and a B.A. in history from Amherst College.