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Investors came out swinging Monday, the 40th anniversary of the "Rocky" movie franchise's debut, as the Trump rally resumed and indices finished higher across the board. No coincidence, the U.S. dollar continued to strengthen while oil prices also rose on OPEC and Russian production freeze possibilities.  

But the record-setting market moves of the day weren't the only thing TheStreet and its affiliates were eyeing on a Monday, that, like so many others, started with a tech merger bang.

Security software maker Symantec (SYMC)   agreed to buy LifeLock (LOCK) for $2.3 billion, while MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings (MTSI)  announced that it had agreed to purchase fellow semiconductor provider Applied Micro Circuits  (AMCC) for $770 million, continuing a wave of chip consolidation.

So while the markets (FANG's Facebook (FB) , Amazon (AMZN) , Netflix (NFLX) and Alphabet (GOOGL) helped the rally) spiked and dealmakers worked to get last-minute transactions in before the holiday weekend TheStreet and its affiliates were busy helping you prepare for holiday shopping, manage your investments through this unprecedented rally and, all-in-all, help make you some money.

Here are the highlights:

Instagram Is Facebook's Biggest Weapon in Its Battle Against Snapchat
As Snapchat's parent gets ready to go public, Facebook (FB) is pulling out all the stops to slow down its rival. Instagram, which just added live video support, looms large. Full story

Buy Target, Wal-Mart and UPS for a Happy Holiday
Here's a good way to play the looming shopping season. (UPS) , (WMT) , (UPS) Full story

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