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Dow 14,000 Is Back ... But Does That Really Mean Anything?

On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 14,075, its highest close in the past five years, and within 90 points of its all-time high: 14,164, reached on Oct. 9, 2007. But what does that really mean for you, or the economy as a whole?

Are Hollywood Stocks the New Tech Stocks?

Comic-Con comes to San Diego this July, and it's one of the hottest tickets of the year -- a Super Bowl caliber event for fans of sci-fi, fantasy and horror. And there are plenty of those fans, which is why the studios that cater to them are banking big stock gains.

'Star Wars' Spinoffs Will Make Lucasfilm Even Bigger for Disney

Disney CEO Robert Iger told CNBC on Tuesday that his company didn't shell out $4 billion to buy Lucasfilm to merely put out a new "Stars Wars" movie every other year: Disney is also working on other theatrical properties based on "Star Wars" characters.

5 Things that Will Move the Market This Week

Among the things sure to help shape the week ahead on Wall Street, Visa will tell us whether we've been choosing plastic over paper; Disney will tell us how much magic it has in its financials; and Panera and Chipotle will serve up their quarterly results.

We're Watching Less Network TV: Guess What We're Doing Instead

Fresh data from ratings tracker Nielsen shows an alarming drop in television viewership. ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC have combined for a 9 percent drop in viewers in the coveted 18-to-49 age bracket since the fall season began. Media executives are worried, and rightfully so.

This Week's 5 Best Moves and Blunders in Business

Companies can do brilliant things, but there are also times where they fall flat on their faces. Sometimes CEOs can save the day, but at other times, they say and do the darndest things. There were plenty of winners and blunders this week: These were my favorites.

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.

Disney Strikes Out in the Online Video Streaming Business

Disney is shutting down Disney Movies Online. Visitors to the site are being told that the hub is closing at the end of the year. Disney Movies Online wasn't a bad idea, but it turns out, not even the House of Mouse is big enough to support a streaming venture that streams only its own videos.

Are Comic Books a Smart Investment?

Rising enthusiasm for comic books has led some to view them as an investment like rare baseball cards or stamps. There's good reason for this: History shows that hard-to-find comics can command huge sums. But should you put your money in the hands of superheroes?

Disney's Turnstiles Are Clicking Ahead Faster Than Its Studios

Disney posted mixed quarterly results after Thursday's market close. Revenue climbed just 3%, while net income soared 18%. But perhaps the most surprising nugget for Disney is that, of its five segments, theme parks continue to be its fastest growing segment.

Why Groupon May Start Looking Like a Better Deal This Week

Daily deals leader Groupon had one of the worst post-IPO performances of the past year: Since it went public last November at $20, it has shed roughly 80% of its value. But analysts expect a small profit out of Groupon when it reports on Thursday.

GM's Mickey Mouse Plan to Boost Car Sales: Be More Like Disney

It has long been clear that GM would have to get creative to win back customers. Decades of shoddy cars drove off GM loyalists, and just as its cars started to get better, the economy tanked. But now GM has a plan to lure you back, and it involves a lot of help from Disney.

Disney's 2013 Theme Park Plan: Keep the Magic Alive Every Week

Disney set up a three-story castle made of ice in Times Square this week to introduce its new Limited Time Magic theme park campaign for 2013: The family entertainment giant plans to kick things up a notch at its Florida and California attractions by offering 52 weekly themed events.

Wall Street Watch: Hollywood's Bean Counters Are Smiling Again

After several weeks of lackluster showings, theaters were busy last weekend. Sony's Hotel Transylvania rang up $43 million in ticket sales, making it the largest September opening -- ever. The industry hopes to keep it going this weekend, relying on familiar franchises.

How to Profit From the Decline of DVDs: 3 Stocks and 1 Idea

Disney just released this summer's blockbuster "The Avengers" for the home market, and it's likely to sell a ton of DVDs. But if it does, it'll be a rarity: DVD sales have been slowing for years now. That's bad for Hollywood, but it could be financially good for you.

Fun and Profit: Amusement Parks are Riding High

Amusement park companies are climbing up the coaster hill, and investors are enjoying the ride. This summer, Six Flags stock hit a new all-time high. Shares of regional amusement park operator Cedar Fair hit a seven-year high on Wednesday. And Disney hit an all-time high on Thursday.

Wall Street Watch Friday: Making the Analysts Look Silly

It's common to see a company beat analyst targets. It's another thing entirely to watch a company completely obliterate Wall Street's forecasts. Medical imaging and aviation security technology specialist Analogic blew past the prognosticators by a wide margin.

Lassie Is Coming to a New Home: Dreamworks Buys Classic Media

DreamWorks Animation is buying Classic Media, owners of such famous characters as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Fat Albert, The Lone Ranger, Lassie, and Rocky & Bullwinkle, to name a few. Baby boomers and Gen-Xers: Prepare to see your childhood favorites on the big screen.

Beyond Batman: Who Will Be the Next Multiplex Superhero?

Between Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise and the Harry Potter series, Time Warner raked in more than $9 billion in box office receipts over the past decade. After "The Dark Knight Rises" ends its run, what hero will save movie theaters from the attack of the red ink?

Why Mickey Mouse Is Shaping Up on Childhood Obesity

Disney is making the food at its theme parks more healthful, and in 2015, it will begin applying nutritional standards to the foods advertised on its networks. Is this good-nutrition shift altruism, or just smart marketing? CEO Robert A. Iger says it's both.

7 Movies That Will Save Hollywood This Summer

Summer may be when studios put out their biggest movies, but after a horrendous 2011 at the box office, Hollywood is going all out starting in the spring: This rapid-fire slate of potential blockbusters should turn heads this season.