Dunkin' Brands said U.S. sales were a bit weak due to the weather. Really? That seems like an excuse. Tough competition from Starbucks and others may be the real culprit. Play Facebook posted another strong quarter driven by its success in mobile advertising revenue. More Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook had a 'good' second quarter. That's a massive understatement. The company is firing on all cylinders and the stock is soaring. Even Janet Yellen might approve. Play Hackers have broken into a database at the European Central Bank, stealing 20,000 e-mail addresses and other contact information. The bank said its market data was not affected. More Belgian holdings of U.S. debt have skyrocketed in the last year, though many suspect China is the reason why. More Despite the mountains of evidence that Bill Ackman presented against Herbalife and its distributors, regulators haven't made much more than a peep about investigating the company. Play McDonald's is standing by a troubled meat supplier, even after allegations the company was selling tainted and expired meat. More It was an investor that helped reform for-profit colleges in the United States. Bill Ackman says Herbalife is a 'for-profit education scam for really poor people.' Play Manufacturing activity is at an 18-month high in China as factories roar to life after a dismal start to the year. More Activist investor Bill Ackman made a 3 hour presentation slamming Herbalife and its practices. He boils down the argument for Cristina Alesci. Play The Israeli stock market has actually gained ground since war broke out with Gaza earlier this month. More Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella continues to impress Wall Street with his new cloud strategy and investors are excited about new Apple products. Apple's $164.5 billion in cash doesn't hurt either. Play Market bears point to many reasons why stocks should soon plunge. But the bulls have knocked them down one by one. More Delta continues its record ascent into profit bliss. The company reported strong earnings Wednesday, as did Boeing. More
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Where does Bill Ackman draw the line between responsibility to his investors and his personal dispute with nutritional supplement company Herbalife? Play Indonesian markets rallied Wednesday morning after government officials declared Joko Widodo as the winner of the country's second-ever presidential election. More Bill Ackman's big 'deathblow' presentation on Herbalife sends the stock up more than 20% Tuesday. More Europe has threatened Russia with tough economic sanctions if it fails to halt the flow of arms to rebels in Ukraine and cooperate over the Malaysia Airlines crash. More Talk of a stock market bubble is growing louder. These stocks are some of the priciest in the S&P 500. More Saudi Arabia is set to open its stock market to direct foreign investment for the first time, giving outsiders access to the biggest bourse in the region. More The Golden Arches hamburger chain and Coca-Cola remain in a slump, and there are few reasons to expect a turnaround soon. More Comcast is offsetting the loss of cord-cutting cable customers by luring in more Internet users. More Here's what you need to know about the markets before you start your business day. More Burger King and Papa John's have joined McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks on the list of fast food chains hit by China's latest food scare. More As Europe edges toward tougher sanctions on Russia, here's a list of the 10 most important companies and businessmen already targeted by the U.S. More Chipotle reports one of its best quarters for sales since it went public in 2006 despite recent price hikes. Shares soar to a new high in extended trading. More Mexican-style chicken chain El Pollo Loco wants to raise $100 million in the stock market this week to pay down debt as it pushes ahead with expansion plans. Can it be the next Chipotle? More Six Flags investors are not thrilled with theme park's surprise attendance dive. More The U.K. has launched a wide-reaching criminal investigation to catch people who may have manipulated the foreign exchange market. More Dodd-Frank passed in July 2010. It was supposed to be the great fix to Wall Street's problems. Four years later, it's still only half done. More A new food scandal has erupted in China and is threatening the reputations of McDonald's and Yum Brands. More On track to invest nearly $800 million in early stage startups, investors see innovative small businesses as key to cyber crime protection. More Shares fall after Florida jury awards payment to widow of a man who died in 1996. More Many big restaurant chains and food companies have announced price hikes recently as wholesale prices for many basic ingredients have soared. More Coach popularized 'luxury for the masses.' Now the brand is struggling and it wants to leave the masses behind. Can new creative director Stuart Vevers pull off a comeback? More Here's what you need to know about the markets before you start your business day. More It's been a bumpy 2014. Before Israel invaded Gaza, these six events threatened to derail the bull market ... briefly More Hedge fund managers revealed some of their big investment predictions at the CNBC Institutional Investor Delivering Alpha conference Wednesday. More New business rules for Bitcoin licenses show that New York financial regulator Benjamin Lawsky is trying to help -- not kill -- this promising, independent currency. More With stock markets near record highs, geopolitical events around the world are giving investors the jitters. Play AbbVie reaches $54.7 billion deal to buy Shire and allow it to shift its home to U.K. to avoid U.S. taxes. More If you like to read a lot, Amazon has the plan for you. Kindle Unlimited offers 600,000 e-books and some audiobooks for $9.99 a month. More Amazon's Kindle Unlimited may seem like another risky move by the company that could hurt profit margins in the short-term. But take the long view. Bezos has been rarely wrong over the past 15 years. Play Here's what you need to know about the markets before you start your business day. More Stocks slide even further as Israel launches a ground offensive into Gaza and the Malaysian airline crash in Ukraine. More World markets fall further on fear of escalating tensions in Ukraine after a Malaysian Airlines plane crashed in the east of the country. More Fear returns to the stock market after Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza and a plane crashes in Ukraine. More Nasdaq was the target of hackers who left a 'digital bomb' in 2010. It didn't go off. But it could have halted trading and cost billions. More Weak sales at Pizza Hut are hurting Yum! Brands. Should Yum sell Pizza Hut so it can focus more on KFC, Taco Bell and emerging markets? More Russian markets have taken another tumble as the latest set of U.S. sanctions rattle investor confidence and raise concerns about Russia's fragile economy. More Based on projected earnings, these seven stocks look like a bargain. More The Barbie maker reports a sharp drop in earnings and sales during the first quarter. Can Thomas the tank and American Girl dolls save the day? More Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is reorganizing the tech giant. Massive job cuts in the company's newly acquired Nokia devices unit show he is not complacent. And Wall Street approves. Play U.S. investors are putting more money into in foreign stocks and corporate debt. More In the last week, three vocal Federal Reserve officials have been urging their colleagues to stop filling up the proverbial punch bowl. More Here's what you need to know about the markets before you start your business day. More BlackBerrry's turnaround just hit a big speed bump. If IBM can successfully sell Apple's iPhones to corporate customers, how can BlackBerry counter that? More Fiat shares jump after German magazine reports that Volkswagen is considering a full or partial takeover of the automaker - a claim Fiat denies. More Citadel's Ken Griffin owns both Time Warner and 21st Century Fox. He says a deal makes a lot of sense and hopes that it gets done. More Will Fox buy Time Warner? If it does, Rupert Murdoch may no longer be interested in it in a few years. Remember when he used to own the Dodgers? And MySpace? More Investors haven't been too concerned about Congress this year, but that may change as lawmakers hit the campaign trail next month. More Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox made a bit to buy rival media conglomerate and CNN owner Time Warner. But Time Warner rejected the offer. More BofA is the latest big bank to report to report a steep decline in profits because of legal costs. More The social media bubble may not be over just yet: Messaging app Line is thinking about going public. More BMW Group is recalling 1.6 million of its popular 3 Series vehicles, making it the latest global automaker to issue a massive recall based on concerns over airbag safety. More U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is urging Congress to act to prevent U.S. companies shifting their headquarters abroad to benefit from a lower tax rate. More Here's what you need to know about the markets before you start your business day. More The price hike is meant to offset the rising cost of cocoa and other ingredients, utilities and transportation. More Apple's stock is approaching its all-time highs. Here are 5 reasons why investors have once again embraced Tim Cook after a rough patch. More Google recruits former Ford CEO Alan Mulally to join its board of directors. More Marissa Mayer still hasn't turned around Yahoo. But she may still have time to fix things as investors focus on the huge cash windfall it will soon get from its stake in Chinese online giant Alibaba. More Johnson & Johnson hits record quarterly revenues after strong sales on staples like Tylenol and baby products and a Hep C drug. More The Federal Reserve warns that the euphoria over smaller biotech and social media may be out of hand. More JPMorgan Chairman and CEO maintained his usual bluster on his company's conference call Tuesday, despite his recent cancer diagnosis. More Although the job market is improving, it's still not strong enough to fully satisfy Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. More For JPMorgan last quarter, trading was tough, but consumers helped drive a better-than-expected profit. Goldman minted money on investment banking fees, even though trading suffered. More Lorillard and Reynolds American have surged this year on takeover speculation. Now the deal is official. Will Marlboro Man owner Altria be the next to make a big move? Play Deal brings together two of the largest makers, combining the Camel and Newport brands. More Hot on the heels of World Cup success, Adidas has landed one of the most prized sponsorships in sport: Manchester United will wear its logo for the next 10 years. More SurveyMonkey is one of a number of technology companies valued over $1 billion. CEO Dave Goldberg explains why they are choosing to stay private rather than IPO. Play By many measures, the hotel business is experiencing a gilded era. Here's why consumers and investors should care. More Citigroup's profits sank in the second quarter. But excluding charges tied to a $7 billion settlement with the Department of Justice, earnings were better than expected. More Here's what you need to know about the markets before you start your business day. More Citigroup finally announced a long-awaited mortgage settlement. And while that hurt earnings, profits still topped forecasts. Has Citi turned the corner though? It is one of the worst-performing bank stocks this year. Play AbbVie has taken a big step closer to clinching a $54 billion deal that should allow it to pay lower taxes by moving its domicile to the U.K. More Since the financial crisis, liquid alternatives have exploded on Wall Street. The idea is to protect investors from major losses, but it comes at a price. More Mohamed El-Erian explains why we've had such a run up in the stock market in recent years and what needs to happen for it to keep going. Play Swiss chocolatier to merge with venerable American candy company. More Bill Eigen oversees $38 billion in assets for JPMorgan. Some of his best investing insights come from what he learns at his side auto and truck repair business. More Reports from powerful names in the banking and tech worlds could help stocks bounce back from last week's tumble. More The suspicious case of Cynk Technology should serve as a reminder to investors of the dangers of playing in the shadowy over-the-counter markets. More The S&P 500 will end the year higher than it is now, according to an exclusive survey of investment strategists by CNNMoney. More Signing his largest on-court contract is only a small step in the NBA star's goal of being the first billionaire athlete. More Wells Fargo reports strong mortgage loan growth and revenues in second quarter. More Wells Fargo is betting on the economic recovery. Its second quarter earnings showed impressive loan growth. Play Have you heard Cynk Technologies? Its stock has defied gravity in recent weeks, despite having no assets or revenue. Trading is halted Friday. More The World Cup final matchup between Argentina and Germany pits a hot emerging market against a stable, mature economy. More Shock waves ran through European markets Thursday as trouble at a Portuguese bank revived memories of the region's debt crisis. More The current bull is in fourth place and still moving. But in every run there's some bloodshed, and investors just might get gored. Play It's getting hot in here: 89 young companies went public in the second quarter, the most since 2007. More Wealthy Chinese intent on moving money out of the country for personal reasons have become the latest targets of an anti-corruption campaign. More The Container Store stock is down more than 8% after the company blamed a 'retail funk' for its slow sales. More The economy is getting better. So much so that the Fed is likely to end its bond buying program in October. More Food prices are up, especially bacon, eggs and coffee. More Venezuela's controversial currency policies are making it difficult for multinational companies to turn a profit in the South American nation, particularly the airlines. More Less than a year after its IPO, The Container Store is feeling the wrath of the public markets. Investors don't like weak sales. Play The defeat is U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's first loss in an insider trading case after 85 other defendants have been convicted or pleaded guilty. More The Vatican is turning to big-hitting Wall Street players for help as it tries to leave its scandal-tainted banking past behind. More Samsung said Tuesday that second quarter profit could plummet 26%. The company had problems selling smartphones in Europe and China. More Earnings season kicks off this week. With stocks near records, the elephant in the room is whether corporate America actually delivered in the spring. More Samsung said Tuesday that second quarter profit could plummet 25%. The company had problems selling smartphones in Europe and China. Play Return of the KING? Candy Crush maker's stock briefly gets above IPO price. More Other than Canadians, the Chinese are buying more homes in the U.S. than any other foreigners. And when they buy, they spend big on real estate, mostly in cash. Play Karl 'Chip' Case created the Case-Shiller home price indexes. He's worried about the U.S. housing market and says consumers should only buy for the long haul. More King Digital, the maker of Candy Crush saga, is finally winning some points on Wall Street. After weeks of trading below its $22.50 IPO price, the stock has finally inched above that level ... at least briefly. Play The economy is improving along with corporate profits. Here's a look at why stocks are on a tear. Play The party isn't over for U.S. stocks, even after the Dow soared above 17,000. More From section 332 to $20,000 a year: How one librarian taught herself to invest and retired early despite the downturn More Nathan's Famous has its annual hot dog eating contest on July 4th. CNNMoney first wrote about the stock in 2006. It's up 300% since then. More Emerging markets have bounced back this year but investors need to tread carefully to avoid boom turning to bust in the second half. More A strong jobs report sends the Dow over 17,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 to another record. More The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in June, the fifth straight month of 200,000 or more job growth. And the unemployment rate dipped to 6.1%. More Consumers may be shunning laptops for tablets. But businesses aren't. Intel's stock is on fire. And so are shares of other semiconductor companies, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard. Play The holiday weekend begins with a bang at the pump! The highest Fourth of July gasoline prices since 2008. More Picking winners in the stock market isn't easy, even for the professionals. See how 4 teenage finance wizards are investing. More Puerto Rico passed a law to ease its $70 billion debt load. But investors didn't like it, and Moody's downgraded the island's debt rating. More New documents filed Tuesday in lawsuit against Goldman Sachs paint a picture of unfavorable behavior towards female employees at the bank. More Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is not about to have the Fed raise interest rates merely to burst bubbles. More Arabtec, the construction company at the center of last month's dramatic plunge on the Dubai stock market, is trying to reassure investors that it's business as usual. More It's been a brutal six months for some retailers. Coach, Whole Foods and Best Buy are among the worst performers in the S&P 500 since January. More Businesses are getting rosier about the U.S. economy, and they're creating the jobs to prove it, according to a report by payroll processing firm ADP. More The Dow may be the most well-known stock market barometer. But it's not the most important. And the enthusiasm on Wall Street isn't helping many average Americans. The economy is still sluggish. Play The first six months of 2014 is in the books. Energy companies topped the list of top performing stocks in the S&P 500, but a coffee company and a video game maker are also hot. More