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Eleven Years in the Making: Breaking Even on JPMorgan’s Purchase of Bear Stearns

JPMorgan Chase struck a deal to buy Bear Stearns in 2008 for a small fraction of the price that one financial adviser paid. It took until this month for that investor to break even.

State Street CEO Takes the Long View on Shareholder Activism

As CEO of State Street, Ronald O’Hanley is on the front lines of shareholders’ push to bring change to corporate boardrooms. One of State Street’s most visible efforts has been its “Fearless Girl” campaign urging companies to add women to their boards.

Stocks Tick Lower Ahead of Christmas Holiday

U.S. stocks edged lower, drifting slightly from their records, in a muted trading session ahead of the Christmas holiday.

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What You Don’t Know About Drug Trials Can Hurt You (and Your Portfolio)

Biotech stocks are notoriously volatile; understanding how drugs are approved can help. 2

Alabama Pensions’ Troubled Bet: Lobster Rolls and Star Wars

The Retirement Systems of Alabama has sunk upward of $221 million into a boutique theater-and-restaurant chain, recently wresting control of iPic in bankruptcy court. 79

Coal Prices Dragged Down by Falling Demand for Power and Steel

Coal prices are on course for their biggest annual fall in more than a decade, hurting producers of the fossil fuel but cutting raw-material costs for struggling steelmakers.

Stocks Are Climbing Faster Than Profits, but Investors Aren’t Worried

Rising earnings are typically the most dependable fuel for sustained stock-price gains, so major indexes climbing to records while profits shuffle behind often stokes concern about the risks of runaway sentiment. 122

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