The number of choices available to investors is in a long-term decline. Companies are getting bought out or delisted, and the IPO market remains shaky.
Monsanto and ConAgra will report earnings. General Mills tries to extend its all-time high. Michael Dell's buyout offer of Dell runs into opposition. Gold Fields looking to trade off its 52-week low.
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I figured Michael Dell for hubris -- but I did not figure the marketplace for ignorance.
Dell said it has received a $14.25 a share takeover offer from Blackstone and a $15 a share deal from Carl Icahn.
Demand for network equipment is slowly improving, and the company's massive restructuring efforts continue to make it less reliant on low-margin hardware sales.
New data on tablet sales reveal how Apple's reluctance to downsize its iPad gave rivals the opening they needed to steal market share.
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