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Apple gets Icahn bump, Newmont weak as gold slumps

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Apple Inc. got a lift from activist investor Carl Icahn, who took to Twitter on Tuesday to reiterate his belief that the iPhone maker needs to conduct a large stock buyback while Newmont Mining Corp. shares retreated following a big slump in gold prices as an anticipated rally in metals prices […]

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Microsoft Narrows Shortlist for Next CEO

Carlos Osorio/APFord CEO Alan Mulally NEW YORK — Microsoft has narrowed its list of external candidates to replace Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer to about five people, including Ford Motor chief Alan Mulally and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, according to sources familiar with the matter. The world’s largest software maker also has at least […]

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Have Smartphones Been a Winning Investing Play?

The following video is from Wednesday’s installment of The Motley Fool’s Weekly Tech Review, in which analysts Eric Bleeker and Jason Moser look at the biggest stories driving the tech sector this week. Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) five-year performance is on par with that of Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM  ) — stunning when you consider Microsoft has a negligible […]