Money & Markets modules for Friday, July 4

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THE WEEK AHEAD

Earnings season: The traditional start of earnings season arrives when Alcoa reports its latest quarterly results after the market close on Tuesday.

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT

Pharmacy sales up in June

Walgreen and Rite Aid said Thursday that pharmacy revenue from their established stores climbed significantly last month.

CENTERPIECE

M&A on the rise

Deal activity has accelerated this year. The value of U.S. mergers and acquisitions rose to $694.6 billion in the first half of 2014, a 98.3 percent increase over last year. The January-through-June period was also the most active half year for U.S. M&A activity since the beginning of 2007.

STORY STOCKS

NQ Mobile (NQ)

Rite Aid (RAD)

Lorillard (LO)

Cliffs Natural Res. (CLF)

PetSmart (PETM)

Sun Bancorp (SNBC)

Spectrum Pharma. (SPPI)

Iridium Comm. (IRDM)

FUND FOCUS

Fidelity Growth Company (FDGRX)

Fidelity Growth Company's returns place it in the top 10 percent of the large-cap growth fund category on a five-, 10-, and 15-year basis.

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MONEY & MARKETS EXTRA

For the week ending Saturday, July 5, 2014

CENTERPIECE

Top of the charts

A rising stock market tide helped lift these five mutual funds to the biggest returns in the second quarter. They had the highest returns of the 1,239 U.S. large-cap stock funds that Morningstar tracks.

MARKET PULSE

If it feels like every day a new company is listing its stock for the first time, that's because it's close to the truth; analysts say the risk of a price spike for crude oil is higher now than at any point since the start of the financial crisis

INSIDER Q&A

Dollars follow eyeballs

George Strompolos, founder and CEO of Fullscreen, offers insight on the developing world of online video.

$1,000 DERBY

If you invested $1,000 at the start of this year, how much would you have now? An answer to that question for various types of stocks, bonds and commodities.

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