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Banks Pass Fed Stress Tests -- All But Ally

Seventeen of the nation’s 18 leading banks have passed the Federal Reserve’s so-called stress test. That means they have sufficient capital to handle a major shock to the financial system, at least more so than at any time since 2008. The only one to fail: Ally Financial.

Pandora Media CEO Resigns as Company's Results Beat Expectations

Pandora Media said on Thursday it plans to replace CEO Joseph Kennedy, and that it has started a search to fill the position. The announcement came as the online streaming music service also forecast better-than-expected revenue for the first quarter of its new fiscal year.

5 Things to Watch This Week: Disney, Pandora, Taxes, Staples, and Facebook

From the country's leading social networking website introducing a new site redesign to the leading digital music service explaining why it's capping usage, there will be plenty of news waiting to break in the coming days. Let's go over some of the items that will help shape the week that lies ahead on Wall Street.

Music Sales Are Growing Again as Streaming Trumps Piracy

Here's news the music industry should be singing about: Global recorded music revenue rose an estimated 0.3 percent last year to $16.5 billion. That tiny uptick may not seem like much, the last time music industry revenue rose at all, it was 1999.

5 Winners and Losers of the Week in Business

From Pandora, which is trying to encourage more of its music streamers to pay, to Monster, which is trying to win back a good rep for its an energy drink, here's a rundown of this week's big winners and losers in the business world.

5 Biggest Winners and Losers of the Week in Business

It's been a colorful week in the world of business, from Facebook's accidental hijacking spree to the timely rescue of Dell, to pink slips being passed out at DreamWorks. Here's a rundown of this week's biggest winners and losers.

13 Stocks to Avoid in 2013

According to billionaire super-investor Warren Buffett, the first rule of investing is: "Don't lose money." With that in mind, we've surveyed the stock markets to come up with 13 companies you probably want to keep out of your portfolio in the new year.

5 Things to Watch When the Market Reopens

The financial markets are closed for the Christmas holiday, but when trading resumes on Wednesday, here's what's likely to help shape the rest of the week on Wall Street.

Why Pandora Will Never Be Great Again

Pandora's popularity is unquestionable. The leading online music service provider served up 67 percent more hours of music to listeners in 2012's third quarter than it did the year before. But its profit outlook is ugly, and the level of competition it will soon face for our ears is even worse.

5 Things You Should Watch in the Stock Market This Week

Internet radio giant Pandora and giant discounter Big Lots report their earnings; in entertainment, Disney is opening a huge new expansion, while Nintendo is thinking small; and some companies just can give money away fast enough -- as dividends.

Boxee TV: Walmart Wants You to See It; Your Cable Guy Doesn't

Starting Thursday, Boxee TV will be sold exclusively at 3,000 U.S. Walmart stores. The $98 device features a built-in antenna to grab free over-the-air broadcast TV, and it also tethers to the Internet to stream YouTube, Netflix, and Pandora. Is this a way for you to ditch your cable bill for good?

Never Pay for These 6 Things Again

Some of life's little luxuries haven't gotten any more necessary -- but they have become cheaper. From learning a new language to finding a great read, these six things no longer require a line item in your personal budget. Go ahead, indulge for less.

Pandora Mobilizes to Lead the Music Industry

Internet radio pioneer Pandora Media continues to make big strides in popularizing streaming audio. Revenue in its latest quarter skyrocketed 51%, in large part due to its success at making money in mobile.

Wall Street Watch Thursday: TiVo Gets a Thumbs-Up

There are more people firing up their TiVo boxes these days: The DVR pioneer posted encouraging news on the subscriber front after Wednesday's market close. TiVo now watches over 2.7 million subscribers, 41% ahead of where it was a year ago. The news isn't all good, though.

Manchester United's IPO Misses Wide Left

Manchester United has an ardent fan base -- 75,000 cheering them on at every home game and millions more watching on TV. But apparently there aren't a lot of soccer fans on Wall Street. When the club kicked off its IPO Friday, the excitement was muted, to say the least.

Can't Get a Piece of the Facebook IPO? Lucky You!

Don't feel bad that you aren't one of those lucky, well-connected investors who gets to buy into Facebook's IPO this week. Those buyers may look lucky when the likely initial price pop happens. But odds are, the pop will be followed by a drop.

As Seen on TV: Is the Music Bullet Worth a Shot?

We love that we can listen to nearly any song, instantly, on our computers. What we hate is the flat, tinny sound from their cheap built-in speakers. As Seen on TV has a $20 solution: the shot-glass-sized Music Bullet. Sound too good to be true? We tested it out, and here's what we heard.

What to Watch This Week: Tablets, Tunes and Taxes

Let's go over some of the items that will help shape the week ahead on Wall Street: The iPad 3 is coming; there's serious news for Sirius; less hope for Pandora; earnings from the tax gurus of H&R Block; and clues about how China's economy is really doing.

Why Terrestrial Radio Will Never Be Great Again

There was a time when car radios cranked out the soundtrack of our lives. These days, radio is a bit of a forgotten toy, and there are more than 20 million people willing to pay for something they could get free the old-fashioned way.

Unlimited Data Plan Isn't as Unlimited as You Think

Active smartphone users better get used to an ugly buzzword: throttling. AT&T has begun slowing down the most voracious 5% of its data users. And while cell carriers may feel they have to push back against the bandwidth hogs, the customer response may be more than they bargained for.

3 Hot Tech Trends to Watch -- and Invest In -- for 2012

If you think 2011 was a wild year for technology, just wait until you see what 2012 has in store for you. Here are three tech trends that will undoubtedly grow in relevance -- and investor profitability -- in the year ahead.

5 Things to Watch: From Food Stocks to Black Friday

The holiday shopping season officially kicks off on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Actually, make that during Thanksgiving for some retailers. Here's a rundown of some of the items that will shape this holiday week.

3 Reasons Why Best Buy Is Unloading Napster

The consumer electronics giant is handing over its Napster subscribers and other related assets to Rhapsody in exchange for a minority stake in the combined company. This amounts to a surrender of Napster, which Best Buy acquired just three years ago. Let's go over the three likely reasons why.

Why Aren't You Streaming Music?

There was a time when you cared about music: You made mix tapes, went to concerts, called radio stations; you bought vinyl, CDs, cassettes, 8-track tapes -- some of you even bought MP3s! And though the traditional music business is as good as dead, the music lover in all of us lives. That's where streaming comes in. Here's what you need to know, as a listener and an investor.

5 Things to Watch on Wall St. Next Week

Now more than ever, there's never a dull moment on Wall Street. Next week will bring plenty of critical headlines, from a panoply of retail earnings reports to Pandora's first results as a public company. Read on for a complete preview of the news to come.

Buy Sirius XM, Sell Pandora

Folks have been writing off Sirius XM Radio for years. Competitor Pandora is flashier, and has been growing faster than its peers. But it's also been losing money, while the far-less-expensive Sirius is making a profit. Here's why investors should swap Pandora shares for Sirius.

Does Facebook's Spotify Deal Threaten Pandora?

There's a new threat on the horizon for Internet radio leader Pandora: Facebook has plans to partner with music streaming service Spotify. The good news for Pandora is that Spotify isn't online in the U.S. yet. They won't compete head to head for years. But when they do, what might it do to Pandora's stock value?

Pandora IPO: Not Yet
A Sirius Threat

While many people consider Pandora and Sirius to be direct competitors, they have very different business models and plenty of room for growth in their core businesses. Stock analysis firm Trefis explains that Pandora's popularity rides off its "free" and customizable services while Sirius's major selling point is ad-free content.

Rising Auto Sales Drive Sirius XM Subscriber Growth

Sirius XM's first quarter results were strong, with total subscribers up 9% from a year ago to a new high of 20.6 million and adjusted EBITDA of $181 million, up 15% year-over-year. But what should most interest investors are the moves it's making to amplify its growth in the years ahead.

Where You Should Invest in the Latest Tech IPO Wave

A new crop of tech IPOs are en route to the market, among them vacation rental website HomeAway, online radio site Pandora and business networking site LinkedIn. But how can you tell if these startups are worthy of your cash? Here are the four questions to ask before buying into an IPO.