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    GT Advanced Tech to cut headcount and related operating costs by about 40%

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  7. 8:18a

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  8. 8:18a

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  9. 8:17a

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  10. 8:16a

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  11. 8:15a

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  12. 8:12a

    Amplify Snack Brands started at buy with $18 stock price target at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

  13. 8:11a

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  14. 8:11a

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  15. 8:11a

    Leggett & Platt upgraded to outperform from market perform at Raymond James

  16. 8:08a

    Twitter's stock jumps after analyst upgrade

  17. 8:04a

    Exelon and Pepco make case for merger proposal, say deal will benefit customers

  18. 7:54a

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Unchanged
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/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 16,643 -12 0.07%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,828 +16 0.32%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,989 +1 0.06%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,365 -9 0.37%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,127 -7 0.61%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 44.04 -1.18 2.61%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,248 +56 0.90%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 10,203 -95 0.92%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,629 -47 1.00%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,889 -104 0.48%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,234 -119 1.15%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 362 -1 0.36%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 2,785 -13 0.46%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 18,890 -246 1.28%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 21,671 +58 0.27%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 3,206 -26 0.82%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 26,283 -109 0.41%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 2,921 -35 1.17%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/16008136/realtime/sampled 1.12 +0.00 0.38%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/16008150/realtime/sampled 121.27 -0.43 0.35%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/16008140/realtime/sampled 1.54 +0.00 0.12%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/16008115/realtime/sampled 0.71 -0.01 0.78%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 95.90 -0.08 0.08%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/41508961/realtime 88.52 +0.01 0.01%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.15 -0.03 1.46%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.73 -0.01 1.33%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 1.92 +0.01 0.45%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.06 0.00 0.19%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 1.85 -0.02 0.96%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.38 0.00 0.55%
Crude Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 44 -1 2.61%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,127 -7 0.61%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/7599553/delayed 372 -3 0.73%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/38649152/delayed 16,494 -165 0.99%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/30356461/delayed 1,971 -19 0.97%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/3134148/delayed 14 0 0.68%

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AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 113.29 0.37 0.33%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 630.38 -7.23 -1.13%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 16.36 -0.08 -0.49%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 53.28 -0.16 -0.30%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 13.74 0.18 1.33%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 33.29 -0.15 -0.45%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 33.26 0.23 0.70%
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Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 11.62% 11.62% 11.53%
Business 12.85% 12.85% 12.85%
Student 13.14% 13.14% 13.14%
Balance Transfer 14.12% 14.12% 14.00%
Airline 15.10% 15.10% 15.15%
Reward 15.14% 15.14% 14.99%
Cash Back 15.27% 15.27% 15.26%
Instant Approval 18.00% 18.00% 17.93%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.48%
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Are the Computer’s Days Numbered?

The computer is dead. Long live the tablet. Or smartphone. Or a combination of both.

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Apple’s laptops and desktops may be turning into iPads and iPhones. Apple CEO Tim Cook just unveiled a new “Mountain Lion” operating system inspired by the kind of features most people enjoy playing with on their tablets. “We see that people are in love with a lot of apps and functionality here,” Cook told The Wall Street Journal in an interview.  That means more apps, instant messaging, games and the online storage service iCloud on Mac computers.

Experts say Apple’s new software points to a bigger trend: the convergence of technology where tablets and computers become almost indistinguishable. “Both Apple and Google are working to merge the computer world with the mobile world,” says Todd Day, a wireless industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan. And, as SmartMoney.com reported this week, companies are already creating Smartphone/tablet hybrids.  Is a laptop or desktop computer no longer necessary?

Consumers want the same ease of use on their personal computers as their smartphones and tablets, tech-pros say. “We all are creatures of habit,” says Rick Singer, CEO of GreatApps.com. “It’s hard for us to adapt at times, especially with electronics.” Intel has already made progress with apps for the Ultrabook, he says, “which are faster and lighter laptops. More power, more battery life, more portable.” Technology blogger Brian Hall says the features of the iPhone are creeping into Apple’s computer models: “More and more, I find myself reaching for my iPhone to catch up on email and news, simply because it’s so much faster and more convenient.”

Some businesses are already moving away from desktops. Wayne Irving, an app developer based in Laguna Niguel, Ca., only has two desktops in his company’s office, which saves on much of the costs of tech support. “We don’t need to call in people to fiddle with wires,” he says. Irving also uses cloud-sourced Google Docs apps, which he says are easier to share than Microsoft Word documents. Day says “cloud services” offered by services like SugarSyncDropbox means content is available 24/7.

That said, consumers – rather than businesses – are leading the demand for devices that operate as both a tablet and computer. “Desktop computers are still a large part of the global market especially with businesses,” says Singer. But while many people still like to use full-sized keyboards and screens at work, Day says office desktops will soon need to have “seamless syncability” with all the apps and documents stored on Smartphones and tablets. “People want mobility, simplicity and convenience,” he says.

In the meantime, demand for apps are expected to double in the next year. Market research firm Deloitte estimates there will be two million apps available to download or buy by the end of this year, up from one million at the end of 2011. Apple alone provides over 500,000 of those apps. “The convergence of all the desktop, TV, laptop and the phone has been coming long before the iPad was ever conceived,” Irving says. “It’s been around since, well, Star Trek.”

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need to know
Twitter's stock jumps after analyst upgrade
Intel upgraded on improving outlook for PCs
BNY Mellon races to fix pricing glitches
Oil prices stumble as the week begins
Europe stocks slip | Dollar falls
Nassim Taleb’s ‘Black Swan’ fund made $1 bln
Alaska’s Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali
Bloomberg News to lay off 80 by Labor Day
5 silly new words in the Oxford dictionary

Investing in energy stocks could land you in a huge ‘value trap’
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Italy’s Eni discovers ‘supergiant’ gas field

Apple will double the cost of next Apple TV
Apple will double the cost of next Apple TV

Apple, Amazon, Google stock on shopping lists

Scott Walker's backers seek a reboot of his campaign
Scott Walker’s backers seek reboot of campaign
Scott Walker wants a wall — with Canada
Biden polls better than Clinton against top GOP

Why BlackBerry is a more attractive buyout target than Twitter
BlackBerry is a better buyout target than Twitter

China ‘punishes’ nearly 200 over rumors

China undermines the U.S. Defense Department

Sunday is Warren Buffett's 85th birthday
Happy 85th birthday to the $67 billion man


Now is the time to fix your investment portfolio
Now is the time to fix your investment portfolio
Both worry, be happy stocks aren’t a sure bet

Facebook users flood Mark Zuckerberg with thank you’s
Facebook users flood Zuckerberg with thanks


‘War Room’ is a ‘resounding success’ at box office

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Parents: You’re putting your kids in danger
Parents: You’re putting your kids in danger

Cheeseburgers and happiness always on the menu for Warren Buffett — and Jimmy Buffett, too
Farrell: Recipes for happiness, from Buffett and others

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Harry Styles makes more waves for SeaWorld

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  9. 8:17a

    Planet Fitness started at overweight with $19 stock price target at Credit Suisse

  10. 8:16a

    SunEdison started at overweight with $24 stock price target at J.P. Morgan

  11. 8:15a

    Planet Fitness started at overweight with $20 stock price target at J.P. Morgan

  12. 8:12a

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  13. 8:11a

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  14. 8:11a

    Leggett & Platt stock price target set at $48 at Raymond James

  15. 8:11a

    Leggett & Platt upgraded to outperform from market perform at Raymond James

  16. 8:08a

    Twitter's stock jumps after analyst upgrade

  17. 8:04a

    Exelon and Pepco make case for merger proposal, say deal will benefit customers

  18. 7:54a

    Twitter's stock jumps 3.1% premarket after analyst upgrade

  19. 7:54a

    Twitter upgraded to buy from neutral at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

  20. 7:53a

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131.79MDow Volume:
Avg Vol: 112.32M
Unchanged
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Decliners
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Advancers
4209
Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
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  • 1 Month
  • 3 Months
  • 6 Months
  • 1 Year
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Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 16,643 -12 0.07%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,828 +16 0.32%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,989 +1 0.06%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,365 -9 0.37%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,127 -7 0.61%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 44.02 -1.20 2.65%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,248 +56 0.90%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 10,205 -94 0.91%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,629 -47 1.00%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,894 -100 0.46%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,234 -119 1.15%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 362 -1 0.36%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 2,785 -13 0.46%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 18,890 -246 1.28%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 21,671 +58 0.27%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 3,206 -26 0.82%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 26,283 -109 0.41%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 2,921 -35 1.17%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/16008136/realtime/sampled 1.12 +0.00 0.40%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/16008150/realtime/sampled 121.27 -0.43 0.35%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/16008140/realtime/sampled 1.54 +0.00 0.11%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/16008115/realtime/sampled 0.71 -0.01 0.80%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 95.91 -0.08 0.08%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/41508961/realtime 88.52 +0.01 0.01%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.15 -0.03 1.46%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.73 -0.01 1.33%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 1.92 +0.01 0.45%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.06 0.00 0.19%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 1.85 -0.02 0.96%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.38 0.00 0.55%
Crude Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 44 -1 2.65%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,127 -7 0.61%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/7599553/delayed 373 -3 0.67%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/38649152/delayed 16,494 -165 0.99%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/30356461/delayed 1,971 -19 0.95%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/3134148/delayed 14 0 0.68%

Quotes

Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/zigman/9962609/composite 91.01 1.28 1.43%
AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 113.29 0.37 0.33%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 630.38 -7.23 -1.13%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 16.36 -0.08 -0.49%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 53.28 -0.16 -0.30%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 13.74 0.18 1.33%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 33.29 -0.15 -0.45%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 33.26 0.23 0.70%
GE /quotes/zigman/227468/composite 25.16 0.15 0.60%
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Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 11.62% 11.62% 11.53%
Business 12.85% 12.85% 12.85%
Student 13.14% 13.14% 13.14%
Balance Transfer 14.12% 14.12% 14.00%
Airline 15.10% 15.10% 15.15%
Reward 15.14% 15.14% 14.99%
Cash Back 15.27% 15.27% 15.26%
Instant Approval 18.00% 18.00% 17.93%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.48%
Source:CreditCards.com

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