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On the wires today look for Kraft (KFT) to up its bid to buy Cadbury (CBY). Hershey has been preparing to make a competing offer but they don't have the financial muscle and will likely be shoved aside. That's probably a good thing for Hershey shareholders since buying Cadbury would have been a stretch - Cadbury is twice the size of Hershey.

The financial problems in Dubai will continue to make headlines but there will not be serious fallout in the US banking sector. Our biggest banks made plenty of bad loans to people who can't pay them back, but those people are mostly here in the US, not in Dubai. If Dubai defaults on its debt I will shed no tears for the bankers. Banks who lent money to build an indoor ski slope in the desert deserve what's coming to them.

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