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    1. Mega-Mergers are Surging at a Record Pace — and History Warns a Market Crash is Looming

      Mega-Mergers are Surging at a Record Pace — and History Warns a Market Crash is Looming
      • Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is off to a record start in 2018, with more than $2 trillion in deals announced through May 21.
      • While that may seem like a positive on the surface, many pundits across Wall Street have warned it's a late-cycle signal.

      There's an old adage that says it's possible to have too much of a good thing. And unfortunately for investors, there's a growing faction of experts who see such a scenario playing out in markets...

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    2. US Companies are Returning Cash to Shareholders at a Record Pace — and That's Fueling Everyone's Biggest Fear About Tax Reform

      US Companies are Returning Cash to Shareholders at a Record Pace — and That's Fueling Everyone's Biggest Fear About Tax Reform
      • Following the successful passage of the GOP tax law, many parties across Wall Street were nervous about how US companies would use excess cash.
      • Data from S&P Dow Jones Indices suggests their biggest fears are coming true, although they argue it may not be as big of a deal as previously thought.

      When the GOP tax law was passed, Wall Street was very vocal about what US corporations should do with the mountain of proceeds coming their way...

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    3. Tesla is on the Brink of a Major shift that will Completely Change How its Stock Trades

      Tesla is on the Brink of a Major shift that will Completely Change How its Stock Trades
      • Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk has long been an outspoken critic of short seller behavior that's made his company the most shorted in the US equity market.
      • Financial analytics firm S3 Partners has compiled data to suggest it's getting much more difficult to short Tesla, and it explains how this could permanently alter how the stock is traded.

      If you pay attention to Elon Musk's public comments — or simply follow him on Twitter — then you know he loathes traders who short Tesla's stock...

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    4. The Owner of Arby's Will Buy Buffalo Wild Wings for $2.9 Billion

      The Owner of Arby's Will Buy Buffalo Wild Wings for $2.9 Billion
      • Roark Capital Group, which owns Arby's, has agreed to buy Buffalo Wild Wings for about $2.9 billion.
      • Buffalo Wild Wings will be a privately held subsidiary of Arby's, whose CEO will stay in that same role for the combined entity.

      Roark Capital Group, which owns Arby's and Cinnabon, has agreed to buy Buffalo Wild Wings for about $2.9 billion...

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    5. Marvell Technology will Buy Rival Chipmaker Cavium for $6 Billion

      Marvell Technology will Buy Rival Chipmaker Cavium for $6 Billion
      • Marvell Technology has agreed to buy rival Cavium for $40 per share in cash and 2.1757 Marvell common shares for each unit of Cavium stock, in a deal worth about $6 billion.
      • Cavium shareholders will own about 25% of the combined company.

      Marvell Technology has agreed to buy Cavium for about $6 billion as it tries to expand beyond semiconductors that control hard disk drives...

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    6. Oprah Winfrey Has Now Raked in $300 Million from her Weight Watchers Investment

      Oprah Winfrey Has Now Raked in $300 Million from her Weight Watchers Investment
      • Oprah Winfrey owns 10% of Weight Watchers' stock, with options to grow that position to 15%.
      • She's made a net $300 million on the investment since late 2015, as the stock has surged almost 700%.

      Weight Watchers shareholders rejoiced on Tuesday as the company's stock surged as much as 22%. But no one had more to celebrate than Oprah Winfrey...

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    7. Traders are Betting that Broadcom's Record-Setting Hostile Takeover of Qualcomm will get Done

      Traders are Betting that Broadcom's Record-Setting Hostile Takeover of Qualcomm will get Done
      • Broadcom is attempting a hostile takeover of Qualcomm for $103 billion, which would make it the biggest tech deal ever.
      • Qualcomm hasn't been receptive to the proposition and plans to fight it, while Broadcom looks ready for a proxy fight.
      • Investors are positioning for further share gains for Qualcomm, which can be interpreted as confidence in a deal eventually getting done...
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    8. Bill Ackman told a CEO he gets more 'clicks on the internet' than Anyone Except Donald Trump

      Bill Ackman told a CEO he gets more 'clicks on the internet' than Anyone Except Donald Trump
      • Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has been locked in a proxy battle with activist target ADP for months.
      • ADP CEO Carlos Rodriguez hasn't hesitated to call out Ackman publicly about his attempts to use the media to sway the activist proceeding.

      The ongoing battle between hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman and his latest activist target just keeps getting more heated...

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    9. Herbalife has a Plan that could Squeeze Hedge Fund Billionaire Bill Ackman

      Herbalife has a Plan that could Squeeze Hedge Fund Billionaire Bill Ackman

      Hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman's short position in Herbalife is looking awfully shaky.

      First and foremost, the company's surging stock — up 11% over two days after a report that it held talks to go public — has cost the Ackman-led Pershing Square Capital Management roughly $115 million on a mark-to-market basis, according to data compiled by financial analytics provider S3 Partners...

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    10. Blue Apron Got Amazon'd Before it Even Became a Public Company

      Blue Apron Got Amazon'd Before it Even Became a Public Company

      Sorry, Blue Apron, you just got Amazon'd.

      Just two weeks ago, the meal-prep delivery startup looked as if it would coast through the road show for its initial public offering and start public trading with a juicy valuation of about $3 billion. Then the deal-happy retail juggernaut Amazon shelled out $13.7 billion to buy Whole Foods...

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    11. The Reported Firing of Ford CEO Mark Fields is 'Like a Coup'

      The Reported Firing of Ford CEO Mark Fields is 'Like a Coup'

      With Ford Motor Co. expected to announce the departure of CEO Mark Fields, some industry experts are calling it a takeover from within.

      Fields' reported replacement, James Hackett, is the chairman of the Ford unit that works on autonomous vehicles. Ford's board of directors and Chairman Bill Ford Jr. have been unhappy with the company's performance, and sought more reassurance that investments in self-driving cars, electric vehicles and ride services would pay off...

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    12. Dick's Sporting Goods is Getting Clobbered After Same-Store Sales miss (DKS)

      Dick's Sporting Goods is Getting Clobbered After Same-Store Sales miss (DKS)

      Dick's Sporting Goods' stock is down 12% at $42.10 a share after the company reported same-store sales that were less than analyst estimates.

      Comparable sales for the quarter climbed 2.4%, missing consensus forecasts of 3.6% growth. The sporting goods and apparel retailer also trimmed its forecast for full-year 2017 same-store sales...

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    13. An Equity Chief at one of Wall Street's Biggest Firms Breaks Down the Hottest Story in Markets Right Now

      An Equity Chief at one of Wall Street's Biggest Firms Breaks Down the Hottest Story in Markets Right Now

      The equity market is quiet — some might say too quiet.

      For evidence of that, look no further than the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, which serves as stock market fear gauge and on Monday closed at its lowest level since 1993.

      It's a development that has confounded Wall Street traders and strategists alike for weeks. They have debated whether the environment is as calm as it seems or whether the depressed VIX is masking a stock market shock brewing under the surface...

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    14. Charlie Munger says it was a mistake for Berkshire Hathaway to not invest in Google and Walmart (GOOGL, Wmt)

      Charlie Munger says it was a mistake for Berkshire Hathaway to not invest in Google and Walmart (GOOGL, Wmt)

      Berkshire Hathaway wants to apologize.

      During the investment conglomerate's 2017 annual shareholder meeting, vice chairman Charlie Munger admitted Berkshire missed the boat on Google and Walmart.

      "We failed you there," he said, calling the firm's decision to not invest in the two companies its "worst mistake."

      "We were smart enough to figure it out and we didn't," said Munger.

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    15. Jack Bogle is going to save American investors '100s and 100s of billions'

      Jack Bogle is going to save American investors '100s and 100s of billions'

      Billionaire investor Warren Buffett kicked off the proceedings at the Berkshire Hathaway 2017 Annual Shareholders Meeting with some high praise for a fellow stock market icon.

      He told attendees that Jack Bogle, the creator of the first index fund, has "probably done more for the average investor than probably any man in the country," citing lower fees combined with solid returns through investing in index funds.

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