Ups and Downs

ON BALANCE

This week's news is a bit of a mixed bag, with both positive and negative aspects.

Dow Jones & Co.'s acquisition of MarketWatch provides a good example of both. On the one hand, it makes sense strategically. Dow Jones already has news services that range from the professional audience (Dow Jones Newswires) through to the "sophisticated" individual investor (Barron's), with The Wall Street Journal providing broad business coverage. Therefore, MarketWatch neatly fills a gap by targeting the mas

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