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We all know how few and far between Initial Public Offerings became in the aftermath of the 2008 recession. Now, nearly four years later, IPOs are picking up steam once again. Here, we break down the state of the IPO…


Well the Fed disappointed as I stated it would. How anyone could be surprised by this is beyond me. The Fed was admitting that the consequences of QE rendered it less “attractive” as an

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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said it was in touch with world powers to reopen talks soon on its nuclear program, but Washington and the European Union denied this and said they were still waiting for Tehran to show it was ready for serious negotiations.
`` Conservatives are more likely to see it as a symptom of a very sick government that is drowning in bloat and addicted to redistribution. Both sides have a case. The labor force is indeed quite sick, with a dismal share of working-age adults participating in the economy. But even most liberals would agree that the projected growth of Medicare and Medicaid scream out for a major reform, or at least a tax hike, in the next few years. ''

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Collateralized loan obligations may seem at first to be nothing but a throwback to private equity’s “golden era” of enormous leveraged buyouts. Yet the market for this product, which has made a modest comeback since the financial crisis, is
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The operator of the Costa Concordia suspended its captain as investigators scrutinized his final maneuvers and reports emerged that he enjoyed a pre-wreck meal and wine.

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"Among other issues that give investors pause is the apparent price manipulation in the gold and silver markets. Moreover, in the commodities markets, price manipulation isn't limited to precious metals. "

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Japan posted its first annual trade deficit since 1980 as a fall in overseas revenues from exporters was exacerbated after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident.

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The just reported Bank of America top and bottom line numbers were better than expected, coming in at $24.89 billion compared to estimates of $24.5 billion, and EPS of $0.18 vs $0.15. The actual

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Egypt's ruling military council partially lifted the country's 30-year-old emergency law in an attempt to mollify activists a day before they return to the streets to mark the first anniversary of the start of Egypt's revolution.

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Marc Faber, publisher of the Gloom, Boom and Doom report, spoke to Bloomberg Television’s Sara Eisen and Erik Schatzker and said that investors have created a “bubble” in the “highest-quality” government bonds and should move to equities. Faber said,
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"U.K. house prices were unchanged in January, according to property researcher Hometrack Ltd., which said "downward pressure" on prices will continue amid a squeeze on consumers."

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The role of technology in the wave of protests that swept the world last year is a matter of debate. While some claim that social networks and mobile phones allowed protesters to organize themselves with an unprecedented speed and efficiency, others have seen their role as marginal – or even counterproductive, since these same technologies also allow governments to monitor events with greater ease than in pre-Internet days.

One group aligned with the Occupy movement is

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A senior European policy maker said euro-zone governments may have to increase their contributions to Greece's debt deal, and said he was hopeful agreements could be struck soon to increase euro-zone bailout funds and IMF resources.

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Unsurprisingly, yesterday's Wikipedia blackout caused a lot of reaction on Twitter. The whole point of a move like this is to shock people, get their attention, and make them start asking questions—and the primary target is those who don't already know about the issue at hand. So it's also unsurprising that some of the reactions were pretty damn stupid. And since there's nothing the internet likes more than making fun of stupid people, it's once again unsurprising that Read more: Techdirt.

Last week, Twitter announced that it now had the ability to block tweets geographically, if necessary. As we noted at the time, this appeared to be a way to limit the impact of censorship to certain countries. That is, rather than completely taking down content (as it would do before), instead it would limit the blocks to

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Property prices in 70 Chinese cities fell in December from the previous month, marking the third straight decline after developers cut prices to boost sales amid Beijing's campaign to cool the property market.

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"India is the first buyer of Iranian oil to agree to pay for its purchases in gold instead of the US dollar, DEBKAfile's intelligence and Iranian sources report exclusively. Those sources expect China to follow suit. India and China take about one million barrels per day, or 40 percent of Iran's total exports of 2.5 million bpd. Both are superpowers in terms of gold assets."

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I've been on record for a while now that I think the strategy of doing DDoS attacks on websites that people don't like is a bad idea, that will lead to backlash. Though, I will admit that I underestimated their

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What do the NAR, Consumer Confidence and CBO forecasts have in common? If you said, "they are all completely worthless" you are absolutely correct. Alas, the market needs to "trade" off numbers,

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GIGLIO, Italy (Reuters) - Divers searching a capsized Italian cruiseliner were hoping for calm seas on Thursday after the ship shifted precariously on a rocky ledge, delaying plans to remove oil from the vessel to prevent a possible environmental disaster.
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