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The Mt. Gox Bitcoin Exchange Is Gone – Now What?

Now that the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange has gone dark, rumors are that the digital currency's future looks dark – but that's not the case.

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While all activity on Mt. Gox has ceased as of Monday evening, Bitcoin prices on other Bitcoin exchanges only experienced a brief dip.

On Bitstamp, for example, Bitcoin prices fell from about $580 to $400 as news of the Mt. Gox shutdown spread. But within a few hours, Bitcoin prices were back over $500, even going as high as $540.

things are not always what they seem...

Energy Investing

Energy Investing: This "Secret Ingredient" Generates Solar Power at Night

As solar power enthusiasts know all too well, renewable energy has the same problem that the "normal" generation of electricity does: how to store all of the energy produced so that it can be used when it's needed.

For solar power, that means even at night.

To date, this conversation has always centered around discovering new battery technologies.

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Hot Stocks

Best Stocks to Buy Now: How to Play 2014's Most Profitable Trends Today

Best Investments for the week ending Feb. 21, 2014: U.S. stocks slipped last week as markets reacted to a string of disappointing data from housing to manufacturing.

For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 0.3% to close at 16,103.30. The S&P 500 Index lost 0.1% to end at 1,836.25. The Nasdaq tacked on 0.5% to end at 4,263.41.

Following is a recap from last week...

Stock Market Today

Today's Pre-Market Trading Report

Pre-market trading report, Feb. 25, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 100 points on Monday, inching closer to its intra-day record high of 16,588.20. The S&P 500 struck a new intra-day record of 1,858.71 while the Nasdaq ticked up 0.69% to 4,292.97. Gold prices retreated from a four-month high.

Now a pre-market look at what's in store for today...


Stay Ahead of This (Massive) Currency Shift

China's political and economic presence surges daily. Lockstep with that surge is the growing significance of its currency.

Along with China's emergence as the world's second-largest economy, its yuan recently displaced the euro and became the second-most used currency for international trade.

Chinese leaders are intent on internationalizing their currency by growing its acceptance, perhaps even challenging the U.S. dollar as the new reserve currency, a trend I've highlighted here before.

To reach that goal, new yuan trading centers are being established.

But the location of the next major trading hub is almost certainly not where you'd expect.

And the implications will redefine the power centers of global commerce…

Hot Stocks

Why FireEye Inc. (Nasdaq: FEYE) Stock Soared Today

On Monday, FireEye Inc. (Nasdaq: FEYE) stock soared more than 7% on news that cybersecurity competitor Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) hit record-breaking Q2 2014 earnings numbers earlier this morning.

"Enterprises around the world are accelerating their investments in security to enable them to improve their business and protect them against the risks stemming from cyber attacks," Palo Alto Networks president and Chief Executive Officer Mark McLaughlin said at earnings release today.

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Stock Market Today

Today's Stock Market News: Where the Dow Jones Industrial Average Ended

U.S. stocks welcomed a solid lift in Monday's trading session, with all three major indexes closing up. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained about 0.64%, or 104 points, to close at 16,207 points; the S&P 500 closed up 0.64%, or 12 points, at 1,848; and the Nasdaq closed up 0.69%, or 30 points, at 4,293 points.

Energy futures remained buoyant along with the stock market today, with the exception of natural gas, which finally plummeted 18% back to about $5.46 per million BTUs today after settling up 18% last week.

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M&A 2014

RF Micro Devices (Nasdaq: RFMD) and TriQuint (Nasdaq: TQNT) Stocks Soar on Deal

While key industry players assembled today (Monday) in Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress, a key mobile chipmaker merger played out on Wall Street.

In a $1.6 billion all-stock deal, Greensboro, N.C.-based RF Micro Devices (Nasdaq: RFMD) agreed to acquire Hillsboro, Ore.-headquartered TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. (Nasdaq: TQNT).

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Top News

The 10 U.S. Companies with the Most Minimum Wage Workers

As pressure to raise the federal minimum wage increases, the U.S. companies with the most minimum wage workers – primarily retailers, restaurant chains, grocery chains, and hotel chains – will need to plan for possible changes.

Some companies are acting pre-emptively. Clothing retailer The Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) announced today (Thursday) that it plans to increase its wages to $10 an hour by next year, a change that will affect 65,000 workers.

These companies will feel the most heat...


Despite Down Earnings, Cheniere (NYSE: LNG) Is One of Top LNG Stocks to Buy

Make no mistake – Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSE: LNG) is still one of the best LNG stocks to buy, despite Friday's earnings miss.

Cheniere reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders (basic and diluted) of $0.61 per share or $135.2 million for Q4. That compares to a net loss of $0.44 per share, or $94.3 million, for the previous year.

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