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Calix, MaxLinear, First Interstate | Three IPOs doing well today

The initial public offering of a company is usually a very closely and carefully watched event. Today, three separate company IPOs have gone very well. Calix Networks, MaxLinear and First Interstate BancSystem have all shown better-than-expected stock earnings. Calix and MaxLinear are both companies focused on internet infrastructure and are doing very well on the
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Pandora files for $100 million IPO

Pandora is an online music service that claims about half of the online radio market. Pandora Media Inc., has filed its initial prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This is the first step toward a Pandora IPO expected to raise about $100 million. Pandora IPO filing The initial filing with the Securities and Exchange
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Low CD rates prompt consumers to pay off credit cards

A certificate of deposit is traditionally a worthwhile, low-risk investment. However, CD rates have been so low lately that many consumers have moved their money into more productive financial ventures, reports Bankrate. Paying down debt – particularly credit card debt – has taken center stage. One-year CD rates scraping the bottom According to Bankrate, the
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Volatile stock market driven by impulsive investor fears

The stock market forged ahead last week on news that the consumer confidence index rose. The markets went into reverse a short time later when the Fed released minutes from its latest meeting. The markets rose again on Wednesday, this time on data showing growth in American and Chinese manufacturing output.  This late burst of
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Richard Russell to investors: get liquid before the crash

Richard Russell has made a name for himself as a fortune teller for investors seeking to stay a step ahead of the stock market. In his latest Dow Theory Letter prediction Tuesday, Russell forecasts a disastrous stock market crash that will render America unrecognizable by the end of 2010. Some other pundits who try to
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New Say on Pay rule gives shareholders vote on CEO compensation

Shareholders can now vote on the salaries of executives leading publicly traded companies. The “Say on Pay” provision of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill was approved by the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday. The Say on Pay vote is nonbinding, but analysts expect the rule may have a profound effect on the behavior and performance
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Former GM financial wing Ally may have its own IPO

In the past few weeks, there has been a lot of buzz about an upcoming GM IPO. The related company, Ally Financial Inc., is now looking at an Initial Public Offering all its own next year. Ally Financial used to be GMAC, or General Motors Acceptance Corporation, the loan company formerly part of General Motors.
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Chinese censorship of LinkedIn could affect proposed IPO

China has blocked access to LinkedIn amid a wave of calls for a Chinese “Jasmine Revolution.” LinkedIn became inaccessible in China after a user on the the career networking site posted messages inspired by protests in Tunisia and Egypt that toppled authoritarian regimes. Chinese censorship comes at a bad time for LinkedIn because its plans
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Hedge fund manager John Paulson: Crook or guru?

Hedge fund manager John Paulson bet against the health of the U.S. housing market by funneling money into credit default swaps against subprime mortgages, which effectively ensured that as homeowners defaulted he would receive a massive cash advance on his investment in failure. Thanks to the bursting of the U.S. housing bubble and some shrewd
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Fear of Suez Canal closure drives up price of crude oil futures

Crude oil futures spiked Friday as violent anti-government demonstrations roiled Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Yemen. Of particular concern is the besieged government in Egypt, which controls the Suez Canal. The Suez canal is a main artery for the shipment of oil from the Middle East to the Western Hemisphere. Egyptian unrest threatens oil supply Fears
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Shariah Islamic stock index opens in India

In accordance with Shariah law, Muslims are not permitted to invest in companies that derive significant benefit from interest, as Muslims consider this to be usury. In order to facilitate business-minded Muslims who wish to diversify their investment portfolios, the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the Mumbai-based Taqwaa Advisory and Shariah Investment Solutions have launched an
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Futures Trading and SEC fighting Congress for funding

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission are supposed to be the financial police officers of the economy. The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act was meant to increase the power of these agencies to protect consumers and keep an eye on Wall Street. The funding to carry out these tasks, however, is caught in
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PBGC.gov is protecting pensions across the United States

During a recession, websites like PBGC.gov are priceless, particularly for experienced workers and retirees. Leave it to “The Early Show” to clue America in to how to find lost, missing or otherwise unclaimed money. The show recently pointed out to viewers that there is $33 billion in missing money out there, and sites like MissingMoney.com
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Large banks could place limits on debit card use

The largest banks in the nation may institute limits on how often debit cards can be used by account holders. Large banks are said to be hurting from laws which limit how much can be charged to retailers by banks when customers of those banks swipe their debit cards. Various acts of legislation have been
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Dow Jones surges as fears of European debt crisis subside

The Dow Jones surged Monday, reacting to a European Union instant cash loan for avoiding a European debt crisis. The Dow Jones today, in sharp contrast to late last week, rose more than 300 points Monday morning. The Greek bailout and fear that a European debt crisis could spread around the world had investors running