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Daniel Gross in Slate.com looks at what the results from two shipping giants, Federal Express (FDX) and UPS (UPS), tells us about the state of the economy.

Ticker Sense looks at the diminishing volatility of their Economic Indicator A/D line.

Barry Ritholtz at the Big Picture on the relationship between personal inflation indicators and bond market bearishness.

Mark Hulbert in the New York Times looks at some research on the value of IPO pricing data on subsequent market returns. Barry Ritholtz has some questions.

Brett Steenbarger at TraderFeed asks: what has happened to the last hour of trading?

We have previously stated our opinion that Microsoft (MSFT) should be broken up via a series of spin-offs. Now breakingviews (via the Wall Street Journal) suggests General Electric (GE) would be wise to spin-off their entertainment assets including NBC.

Allan Sloan in Newsweek examines the reasons why HCA (and its primary shareholder) may want to take the company private.

Andrew Ross Sorkin in the New York Times thinks investors should be wary when management plays a role in a “going private” transaction.

It will be interesting to see if Wi-Fi phones really take off. Matt Richtel in the New York Times reports on the nascent trend. Om Malik at GigaOm thinks there is still a great deal of work to be done.

Robert J. Samuelson in Newsweek looks at one reform program (welfare) that has actually worked according to plan.

According to Daniel Engber at Slate.com there is little quantitative data on the efficacy of “applied sports psychology” on actual player performance.

J. Alex Tarquino in the New York Times looks at “niche” mutual funds, including one Ricky Bobby could get behind.

Speaking of Ricky Bobby, it sounds like Will Ferrell fans will appreciate the “genre-bending goofiness” in Talladega Nights according to Shari Linden at the Hollywood Reporter.

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