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OmniVision Technologies Popped: What You Need to Know

 Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.


3 Stocks That Blew the Market Away

 Don't settle for ordinary quarterly reports. I take a look at three companies that beat market expectations every week, since I believe that it's the biggest factor in a stock beating the market. Leaving Wall Street's pros with stunned expressions can be a good thing. It usually means that the companies have more in the tank than analysts figured. Capital appreciation typically follows.

 

7 Reasons Not to Worry This Week

 With a little more than a month of trading left in 2010, one would think that investors are getting the hang of the global volatility that's been moving the markets in different directions lately.

The Unlikely Bear Case for MIPS Technologies

MIPS Technlogies

 Is MIPS Technologies (Nasdaq: MIPS) headed higher or lower? That''''''''s the question we ask when we evaluate insider buying and selling. We ask because how executives spend their paychecks is often a reflection of what they think of their companies'''''''' prospects.

 

China Nepstar Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

 Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.


VirnetX Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

 Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.


Gold prices climb with dollar up slightly

New York -- Gold prices rose in New York while oil prices with the dollar up slightly on Monday.

The dollar index rose 0.17 percent from 78.53 to 78.64.

In late afternoon trading, gold prices on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange added $13.40 to $1,365.70. Crude oil prices for January delivery lost 34 cents to $81.64 per barrel.

While the index rose slightly, the dollar was mixed across the board. The U.S. standard fell against the Australian dollar and the South Korean won and rose against the British pound and the Russian ruble. It fell against the South African rand and rose against the euro.

U.S. markets close mixed Monday

New York -- U.S. markets closed mixed Monday after Ireland said it would apply for international assistance to curb its bank crisis.

The size of the loan is not known, but it is expected to be a three-year package of around $110 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported.

On Sunday, Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said the deal would include a mandate to have the Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Banks PLC sell its "non-essential assets."

By close of trading, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 24.97 points or 0.22 percent to 11,178.58. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 1.89 or 0.16 percent to 1,197.84. The Nasdaq composite index added 13.90 or 0.55 percent to 2,532.02.

FBI confirms raid of two hedge funds

Stamford, Conn. -- The FBI confirmed Monday that it raided the office of two hedge funds in Connecticut as part of an insider-trading probe.

The Wall Street Journal reported the raids were conducted at Level Global Investors LP in Greenwich and Diamondback Capital Management LLC in Stamford as part of the largest insider trading investigation the FBI has ever tackled.

A spokesman for Level Global said "agents … visited our offices this morning as part of what we believe to be a broader investigation of the financial services industry."

The spokesman said the firm was "cooperating fully … and, at the same time, we are fully operational and continue to work diligently for the benefit of our investors."

Dollar gains, weighs on gold

New York -- The dollar rose, putting pressure on the price of gold Monday, which lost $6.50 in late trading to $1,359 per troy ounce.

The dollar index swung higher, climbing 0.69 percent, as the dollar gained against the euro, the yen, the rupee and the krona.

The price of oil on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost 25 cents from a prior settlement to $84.63 per barrel.

The dollar's decline was partly attributed to the euro's slide. Just as financial troubles in Greece did earlier in the year, concern over government debt in Ireland has eroded confidence in the currency shared by 16 nations, including Ireland, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.