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5 Winners and Losers of the Week in Business

It's been a hectic week in the world of business, from a Office Depot prematurely announcing a big merger to analysts raising their price targets on Google, to Burger King getting hacked. Here's a rundown of this week's biggest wins and losses.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt to Sell 3.2 Million Shares

With Google's stock hovering at record highs, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt plans to sell more than 40 percent of his stock in the Internet search leader this year. If he were to sell all that stock at Google's current price, Schmidt would realize a $2.5 billion windfall.

Google's 3Q Earnings Leak Early, Stock Plunges; Trading Halted

Google's stock plunged suddenly on Thursday afternoon after it released its third-quarter earnings report early, apparently by mistake. The company's stock fell $68.19, or 9 percent, to $687.30 before trading was halted to give investors a chance to digest the news.

Follow the Money: 5 Extremely Cash-Rich Stocks

Now that earnings season is winding down, we can direct our attention to other measures of a company's worth -- things like having boatloads of cash on hand, good free cash flow, and strong earnings per share growth. Here are five companies that look great based on those criteria.

After Motorola: Buy Baidu, Sell Google

Monday morning's news that Google purchased Motorola Mobility has not gone over so well with investors. And while there's no question that Google is one of the best tech stocks around, it's far from the only one. Consider a search site that poised for big growth: China's Baidu.

Last Week's Biggest Market Head-Scratchers

Wall Street can be fickle, leaving investors scratching their heads in bewilderment. Some of last week's biggest surprises, blunders, and flat-out boneheaded moves included Netflix's misguided pricing hike, ill-timed IPO announcements by Norwegian Cruise Lines and Zillow, and Trex going the way of Lumber Liquidators.

Google Smashes Earnings, Just Getting Started

Given Google's increasing centrality to our digital lives, it might shock you to learn that analysts had been rushing to trim down their estimates for the company's earnings in recent months. That was a mistake: Last night Google delivered second-quarter earnings that sent its shares skyrocketing.

At $618, Could Google Be Sharply Undervalued?

Though it's currently trading at $618, some investment pros view the stock as intrinsically inexpensive based on more than a couple of metrics. One measure in particular looks at Google's price-to-revenues ratio and sees plenty of room for the stock to rise.

Google's Talent Drain: Why Its Best Brains Are Bolting

Watching which way the talent is flowing in Silicon Valley can tell investors a lot. Even if a big brain drain isn't a sure death knell for a major player, it can't be ignored. And during the last couple of years, a lot of talent has been draining out of Silicon Valley icon Google.