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Fraudster Cheats Alan Grayson Out of $18M

William Chapman sentenced to 12 years in scheme

(Newser) - Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson —one of the richest people in Congress—was a victim of fraud that cost him $18 million, court documents show. On Friday, William Dean Chapman was sentenced to 12 years in prison over the scheme, which cost 120 investors some $35 million. After investors... More »

Dow Hits 16K for First Time

And S&P is trading above 1.8K

(Newser) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed the 16,000 threshold this morning for the first time, with Boeing—bolstered by hefty 777X orders at the Dubai Airshow yesterday—acting as one of the day's biggest movers, reports the AP . The S&P 500, meanwhile, was trading above 1,800;... More »

Why a Market Crash Might Not Be Far Away

Henry Blodget sees stocks '40% overvalued'

(Newser) - The stock market may be looking healthy lately, but don't be deceived, writes Henry Blodget at Business Insider : We could be en route to another crash. "Every valid valuation measure I look at suggests that stocks are at least 40% overvalued and, therefore, are likely to produce lousy... More »

Google Shares Break $1K

At a high of $1,007.40 after strong Q3 results

(Newser) - Google "big milestones" and this story should show up: Google's stock soared to its highest price today, breaking the $1,000 mark for the first time. (Today's peak thus far has been $1,007.40 per share.) That squashes the previous July peak of $928, CNN... More »

Dow Plummets 266: Market's Worst Day in 5 Months

China's growth rate starts off a bad day

(Newser) - The stock market suffered its worst loss in five months today as China posted lower-than-expected growth and the Boston Marathon bombing added a late wave of anxiety, TheStreet and Wall Street Journal report.The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 266 points, gold fell by 9.4%, and the S&P... More »

Cat Picks Better Stocks Than Money Managers

Feline's portfolio rises by 4.2%

(Newser) - Investors, it's kitty-cat time: A contest that pitted stock-picking professionals against finance students and a cat named Orlando wrapped up last month—and Orlando won, the Guardian reports. Starting last January, each team invested an imaginary sum worth about $7,900 and was allowed to swap any stocks every... More »

More Bad News From Daily-Deals World

LivingSocial to lay off 400, Grouponers may want CEO ousted

(Newser) - Things still aren't so cheery in daily-deals land, with two of the biggest players in the space—Groupon and LivingSocial—taking a hit in the press after taking a hit in the wallet. The latest:
  • LivingSocial will announce today that it's cutting almost 9% of its staff, sources
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Apple Shares Hit $700 for First Time

Company now worth $656B

(Newser) - Apple's stock has reached $700 for the first time, once again setting a record for the company the day after it announced that orders for its iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours . The shares hit as high as $701.44 in morning trading today, up... More »

Apple: Most Valuable Company Ever

Surging stock puts company value at $624B

(Newser) - Apple is Wall Street's all-time MVP—that's Most Valuable Property. Today, Apple's surging stock propelled the company's value to $624 billion, the world's highest, ever. It beat the record for market capitalization set by Microsoft Corp in the heady days of the Internet boom. After... More »

Twitter Introduces the $Cashtag

Move angers StockTwits

(Newser) - Hashtags got a baby brother last night when Twitter rolled out a new feature allowing users to create clickable stock symbols by prefacing them with a dollar sign, an innovation people are already calling the "cashtag." If you were tweeting about Apple, for instance, you could include "... More »

Nasdaq: We Owe Industry Apology Over Facebook IPO

It's offering clients $40 million to cover losses

(Newser) - Nasdaq is offering $40 million in cash and rebates to its clients to make up for the glitches during the Facebook IPO, reports Reuters . One problem: Total claims by firms who lost money because of the technical snafus could reach $150 million to $200 million, say two senior finance execs.... More »

Zuckerberg's Hoodie: Gleeful Snub to Wall Street?

One analyst thinks it's a 'mark of immaturity'

(Newser) - On the first day of Facebook's IPO roadshow yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg showed up to a meeting with potential investors wearing a hoodie—a wardrobe choice that one Wall Street analyst says is a glaring "mark of immaturity," reports Bloomberg . "He’s actually showing investors he doesn’... More »

Facebook Employees Dreaming of IPO Christmas

Rumor mill heats up that company is going public soon

(Newser) - Here come the Facebook IPO rumors again. An insider tells Business Insider that employees expect the company to go public soon, possibly next month. "The IPO talk inside Facebook has ramped up the past 6 weeks and Zuckerberg repeatedly has said that it is 'coming,' which he... More »

Stocks Open Down on Gloomy Germany News

Dow down 105 points at open

(Newser) - Germany is bringing everyone down with it this morning: Stocks opened lower at the bell on news that Germany's GDP grew just 0.1% in Q2, sharply down from estimates of 0.5%. The Dow is down 105 points to 11,378, and the Nasdaq and S&P 500... More »

Battered Dow Ends Down 635

US' downgraded credit rocks Wall Street in punishing session

(Newser) - The Dow Jones plummeted under 11,000 today, dropping 635 points as the United States' downgraded credit rating punished the markets. The drubbing took the Dow down 5.55% to 10,810, reports MarketWatch . The Nasdaq and S&P 500 bled more, shedding 6.90% and 6.66% respectively. More »

Facebook Fires Manager Over Insider Trading

Employee violated company policy on secondary stock markets: TechCrunch

(Newser) - Facebook gave one of its managers the boot after he violated company policy on insider trading, reports TechCrunch . Former corporate development manager Michael Brown bought company stock in the burgeoning secondary trading market, sources tell the site. Because Facebook is a private company, he apparently didn't violate any federal laws,... More »

SEC Investigates Jim Cramer's Website

Inquiry involves TheStreet.com's accounting

(Newser) - The SEC is investigating The Street.com —the website co-founded by CNBC host and Jon Stewart target Jim Cramer—over some questionable accounting regarding a former subsidiary. The agency wants to examine how the website recorded revenue for Promotions.com, a marketing company it acquired in 2007 and sold... More »

So Much for 'Tough' Reform: Insurance Stocks Soaring

Good job standing up to the special interests, Barack

(Newser) - Barack Obama praised the Senate yesterday for “standing up to the special interests who prevented reform for decades,” which seems pretty laughable, given that health care stocks soared on the news. Evan Bayh’s wife, for example, has made up to $250,000 over the last six weeks... More »

Ignore Dubai at Your Own Peril

$30B default could still take out other economies

(Newser) - The Dubai disaster should have been a wake up call. But investors, seduced by an "extraordinarily precarious" recovery, basically ignored it and kept busy building yet another bubble, writes Sebastian Mallaby in the Washington Post . Even if Dubai, with its artificial island and indoor ski resort, is an extreme... More »

Facebook Edges Closer to Going Public

It revamps stock but says it has no IPO plans 'at this time'

(Newser) - Facebook revamped its stock structure today in a move sure to heat up speculation that it's going public. The company will have two classes of shares, A and B, reports the Wall Street Journal . Everyone currently on board will hold B shares, with 10 times the voting power of A... More »

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