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Summer's Sudden Boom in Mergers and Acquisitions

After a couple of fairly sleepy years, mergers and acquisition activity has bounced back dramatically, with potential long-term consequences for the stock market. It's a rare ray of hope at a time when other economic indicators are pointing straight toward the floor.

Hewlett-Packard OKs $10 Billion Share Buyback

Hewlett-Packard shares jumped nearly 2.76%, or $1.05, to $39.05 in premarket trading after the No. 1 PC maker announced Monday that its board of directors had authorized an additional $10 billion for share repurchases. HP expects to buy back at least $3 billion worth of shares in its fiscal fourth quarter.