The $19 billion WhatsApp deal could become the Facebook founder's legacy . . . or his albatross.
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The FDA unveils its new packaging requirements. Will the disturbing images help smokers quit?
Yes, says the U.S. Food and Drug Association. The FDA is making huge changes to cigarette boxes, plastering gruesome warnings on half of the front and back of each pack.
The FDA is considering 36 label possibilities and has posted them here. The labels have large images on them, many of which are disturbing, frightening and sad -- and that's exactly what the FDA wants.
A top portfolio manager explains why typical gold investing is about as useful as owning a pile of bricks.
Dan Bortolotti of the Canadian Couch Potato blog chatted recently with Ferri, who likens typical gold investing to owning a pile of bricks.
So many investors are piling into the ETF SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), Ferri notes. "But it's a piece of paper," he says. "They are not going to issue you gold bars. If the banking industry collapses, how are you going to get your gold? If Armageddon comes along, you might say, 'That's OK, because I own gold.' But you don't own gold, you own GLD. I suppose you could go to the vault in London with your piece of paper and ask for your gold -- assuming that airlines are still flying. Good luck with that."
A tough growing environment in Africa has led some cocoa farmers to drop their crops -- spurring predictions of a world shortage.
Cocoa is headed for a shortage, they say, and eventually a single chocolate bar could cost $11 on average. The price of cocoa has already shot to an all-time high lately.
"In 20 years chocolate will be like caviar," said a conservation researcher in Ghana, a hot spot for cocoa production. "It will become so rare and so expensive that the average Joe just won't be able to afford it."
Despite a tough job market, the tech giant is showing its employees it doesn't take them for granted. But why?
If you’re one of the 23,000 people working for Google (GOOG), you awoke to a nice surprise in your e-mail inbox this morning.
Earlier today Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, sent a message to every Google employee informing them of the $1,000 Christmas bonus they will receive, in addition to the 10% pay increase they can expect next year. If you know a Google employee, now’s the time to e-mail your holiday wish list.
But what is the reason for such a generous move at a time when unemployment remains high and employers seem to hold all the cards?
The move is part of the company's rebranding to appear more healthful and natural compared with top competitor McDonald's.
WhileMcDonald's(MCD) has been making a splash recently with the return of its pseudo-pork product the McRib, Wendy's (WEN) is taking quite a different marketing approach. Armed with the slogan "Quality is Our Recipe," the fast-food restaurant has made a number of digs at McDonald's recently, from pointing out its fish sandwich is hand-cut North Pacific cod to making it clear that its beef is never frozen.
This theme continues with the newest fresh and natural addition to the Wendy's menu, skin-on russet potato fries with sea salt.
The taste, texture and size will be slightly different from those of the old fries, which have been peddled for Wendy's without a serious change for the past 41 years.
The Fed chairman is not only taking on Washington, he's taking on the world to get this economy moving again. And that's a lot more than anyone else is doing.
"QE2 bubble attacks!" That's pretty much all I am hearing these days.
I don't hear many people saying what I'm feeling: What are we supposed to do, tolerate ultra-high unemployment and just accept it as a fact? What are we supposed to do, just "hope" that things will get better? What are we supposed to do, depend on Congress to help us? What are we supposed to do, rely on our trading partners to help us? You know, the ones that we defend with our military, our treasure, and the ones that have dumped stuff on us forever?
Is that the plan?
Individual stocks are getting annihilated in computerized-trading errors. A sign of future disasters?
Get ready for the sequel: Spawn of Flash Crash.
Individual stocks are seeing miniature flash crashes with alarming frequency, The New York Times reports. One victim was Progress Energy (PGN), which saw its share price inexplicably plummet nearly 90% in September.
These funds are based on new indexes.
By Chuck Epstein, InvestorPlace.com
Exchange-traded funds are the newest investment instrument to access the water industry because they are based on some new indexes.
Here are three ETFs that access all aspects of the global water industry:
Inception: September 2005
Underlying Index: Palisades Water Index
Investment Goal: Invests 90% of assets in common stocks and ADRs which comprise the index. The modified equal–weighted portfolio is re-balanced and re-constituted quarterly.
For $30, the attachment will offer a 360-degree experience in handheld gaming and entertainment.
By Theresa McCabe, TheStreet
The handheld device, called My3D, will be compatible with Apple gadgets. Hasbro promises the attachment will offer a 360-degree experience in gaming and entertainment.
The My3D will cost $30 and will be available next spring in stores where Apple's iPhones and iPod touches are available.
A number of funds linked to miners and bullion would benefit if central banks moved to a gold standard.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
I have consistently advised investors to gain exposure to gold through the use of various ETF products. With economic turmoil still raging across many regions of the globe, prices have risen to staggering all-time highs, making for an attractive destination for frightful investors.
With discussions heating up this week in light of the G-20 meeting, the prospects for the yellow metal and the funds designed to track it appear promising.
In a Sunday opinion piece for the Financial Times, World Bank President Robert Zoellick proposed that leading world economies may want to consider using gold as a standard for their currency valuations in order to inject stability.
General Motors opts instead for separately branded 'certified service' for its Chevy, Cadillac, Buick and GMC lines.
There have been a lot of changes at General Motors since its 2009 bankruptcy filing, subsequent government bailout and current plans for an IPO. In less than two years the company has shed 900 dealers, about a dozen auto plants and a number of brands, including Pontiac, Hummer, Saab and Saturn.
Though GM has purportedly pulled out of its tailspin and claims it has returned to profitability, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still big changes in the works. The latest business division on the chopping block is the car’s dealer service brand.
That’s right, after 37 years, Mr. Goodwrench is getting a pink slip.
Nearly half of those surveyed are optimistic about the stock market.
Why are investors coming back? A perfect storm of strong earnings, an economy on the mend and the Federal Reserve upping its bond-buying game.
And chief executives are dusting off their pompoms as well. Nearly 200 companies, including eBay (EBAY) and UPS (UPS), raised profit estimates above analyst projections last month, Bloomberg reported. Only 130 companies cut them.
The post-election rally in all kinds of coal -- good and bad, clean and dirty -- just won't quit.
Who in heck gave the green light to coal? This post-election rally won't quit, even as it has been almost a week. These stocks act as if the government has spoken and decided that coal is the protected fuel.
Now, it is true that some of the big natural-gas players, like Devon (DVN), Range (RRC) and Chesapeake (CHK), have caught bids, and natural gas is threatening to take out $4. But this is a spectacular run in coal of all kinds -- good, bad, dirty and clean.
Massey's (MEE) "for sale" sign has brought out talk of heavy consolidation and sent both potential acquirers and targets rallying. Patriot (PCX) is a target, Arch (ACI) a buyer, Peabody (BTU) a buyer, and Cloud Peak (CLD) a target. Consol Energy (CNX) also is a buyer, and Walter (WLT) could be a target. The latter still doesn't have a CEO after a long search, and even though it is as at its 52-week high, it has the highest-quality coal seam for steel in the country -- coal that the Chinese value the highest of any in the world.
The tech-savvy retailer goes back to basics by buying a company specializing in soap and diapers.
Plenty. Because for all the talk about new technologies, Amazon still has an important business selling staples to families. And a company that uses computer algorithms to stock warehouses and distribute diapers will melt Jeff Bezos' heart any day of the week.
Amazon spent $540 million in cash to buy Quidsi, who owns the Diapers.com and Soap.com operations. That's about $200 million more than what Quidsi was previously valued at, Fortune reports.
As G-20 leaders prepare to meet amid global currency concerns, World Bank President Robert Zoellick rekindles an old debate.
By Alix Steel, TheStreet
With a global currency war front and center at the Group of 20 meeting this week in South Korea, Zoellick raised the possibility of a gold standard.
Zoellick said that the world needs a "Bretton Woods II," which would be a global "cooperative monetary system" involving multiple currencies like the dollar, euro and yen, as well as gold. Zoellick said gold should be used as an "international reference point of market expectations about inflation, deflation and future currency values." Zoellick says that gold is not just old money but that markets are using the metal as a viable alternative to paper currencies.
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