buy

Missoni Buzz Overwhelms Target Stores, Website

Target strategically built a wave of buzz around Tuesday's launch of the Missoni for Target line, but the retailer was unprepared for what it created: Mob scenes in stores and a surge that crashed its website for more than a day. So was the near instant sellout a success, or a PR mess?

Verizon iPhone: A Less Mad Day One Than Expected

Verizon Wireless stores across the nation Thursday were braced for a crushing wave of customers seeking the newly available Verizon iPhone Thursday. But thanks to a strong pre-order campaign, the crowds were lighter than expected, and happy Apple fans got their smartphones quickly.

Treasury TIPS: A Looming Disaster for Small Investors

Hoping to add some safety against inflation to their portfolios, many folks have been investing in Treasury inflation-protected securities -- TIPS. So now that inflation is on the horizon, they should be sitting pretty, right? Unfortunately not. Here's why.

A Heartwarming Valentine's Day Sales Forecast

Valentine's Day sales should thrill the hearts of retailers this year: Spending for the day is forecast to top $18.6 billion, a 5.8% jump in spending over 2010. That amounts to about $125 per person taking part in the holiday for lovers.

Seneca Blasts Carl Icahn's Bid for Dynegy

Last week, power-plant operator Dynegy agreed to be acquired by top shareholder, Icahn Enterprises, for about $665 million. But Dynegy's second-largest shareholder, hedge fund Seneca Capital, rejected the bid, calling it "the wrong price at the wrong time for the wrong reasons."

Raytheon to Buy Applied Signal for $490 million

Defense contractor Raytheon said Monday it has agreed to buy Applied Signal Technology, which specializes in collecting and processing communication signals to support tactical and strategic intelligence missions, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $490 million.

Groupon Looks to Raise Funds After Spurning Google Bid

Groupon, the online social coupon site launched in 2008, is looking to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in expansion-related funding after rejecting a bid from search giant Google worth as much as $6 billion, Bloomberg News reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the process.

Icahn Enterprises to Buy Dynegy for $665 million

Power plant operator Dynegy has agreed to be acquired by Icahn Enterprises for $5.50 per share in cash, or about $665 million. Dynegy has about $3.95 billion of outstanding debt, net of cash. The agreement follows a recent failed bid from private equity giant The Blackstone Group.

Grading Oracle's Potential EMC Purchase

Rumors are circulating that software powerhouse Oracle may be considering a $50 billion purchase of data storage giant EMC. There are four tests for whether a merger has a chance to succeed: Does this one pass or fail?

Nokia's iPhone Foe, the N8 Smartphone, Finally Hits Stores

Nokia released its long-awaited and previously delayed flagship N8 smartphone on Thursday. With the ability to run multiple applications at once and a 12 megapixel camera that shoots HD-quality videos, the device is intended to by Nokia's answer to Apple's iPhone.

Icahn Raises Hostile Bid for Lions Gate to $7.50 a Share

Lions Gate Entertainment shares jumped some 12.5% to around $7.30 Tuesday after billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn raised his hostile bid for the studio to $7.50 per share in cash, up from the previous offer of $6.50 a share. Lions Gate's board said it will review the offer.

Intel Prepares Offer to Buy Infineon Wireless

Intel is nearing a bid to buy Infineon Technologies' wireless unit, a move that would give it an instant presence in the smartphone market. The world's top chipmaker will reportedly offer $1.91 billion for the unit, which supplies chips for both Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S.

Do Intel's Record Earnings Signal a New Tech Boom?

Intel's record earnings suggest that companies are starting to loosen up a bit on tech spending: They are finally replacing their 4- and 5-year-old PCs. This replacement cycle should bid up the stocks of other PC makers -- but how long will this wave of IT buying last?

Does Twitter tell you what to buy?

A fresh new study about how consumers use Twitter to talk about brands is being published in an upcoming issue of "The Journal of American Society...