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All Bets Are Off: Intrade Shuts Door To U.S. Customers

The move came Monday just hours after the Commodity Futures Trading Commission accused the Ireland-based company of violating the agency's ban on off-exchange options trading. The prediction website takes bets on everything from economic results to the prospects of war to which movie will win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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Holiday Season May Be A Good One For U.S. Retailers

Cyber Monday saw a big retail push following a Black Friday that expanded into Thanksgiving Day. The big question now is whether all the early shopping will boost total holiday sales or just push them up earlier on the calendar.
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Head Of SEC To Step Down After Four Years

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairwoman Mary Schapiro is stepping down. She took over the agency in 2009 as it was reeling from criticism over the financial crisis and the Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Schapiro is credited as a consensus builder who restored some stability to the SEC. She is being replaced by SEC commissioner Elisse Walter.
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A Jolly Christmas? Retailers Count The Extra Days

Thanksgiving weekend spending shot up nearly 13 percent from last year, and there's more time between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year for people to shop. And if a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff comes just before Christmas, as some expect, it could brighten the economic mood of last-minute shoppers.
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News Outlets Punk'd, Somebody Profits: Google Wi-Fi Buy Is A Hoax

A fake press release about a $400 million purchase sent one company's penny stock up sharply. News outlets that reported the story missed some telltale signs that it might be a hoax.

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