Thank goodness Big Brother is there to protect us from evil monopolies.
Stocks are mixed as a regional purchasing managers' index is better than expected, but jobless claims climb.
Fourth-quarter reports look good, but all sectors appear overvalued.
Alcoa kicked off earnings season with better-than-expected results.
Alcoa kicks off the season Tuesday, and Wells Fargo is set to post results Friday.
The fiscal deal sparks construction and defense stocks for now. Alcoa and Constellation Brands will report earnings.
September unemployment declined to nearly a 4-year low as employers added 114,000 jobs. Zynga shares continue to tumble. Facebook shares fall on Zynga concerns. Avon's former CEO steps down as executive chairman.
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The company has made at least 4 acquisitions in the space, and few people have paid any attention.
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