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S&P 500: The abbreviation for the Standard & Poor's 500, an index of the prices of 500 corporate stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange. It includes an assortment of stocks for industrial, transportation, and utility companies. It also includes a larger number of stocks than the comparable Dow Jones composite index, which means it's often considered a better measure of the overall performance of the stock market. Less commonly publicized are separate Standard & Poor's indexes for industrial, transportation, utility, and financial stocks.

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CONGLOMERATE MERGER: The consolidation under a single ownership of two separately-owned businesses, in totally, completely separate industries. An example of a conglomerate merger would be an athletic shoe company merging with a soft drink company. A conglomerate merger should be contrasted with horizontal merger -- two competing firms in the same industry that sell the same products; and vertical merger -- two firms in different stages of the production of one good, such that the output of one business is the input of the other.

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INFORMATION

The transfer of knowledge from one person to another. Information is a flow concept. It requires someone (or something) to do the sending and someone to do the receiving. Information is a valuable commodity that provides benefits, but also incurs an opportunity cost to produce, meaning information is never perfect or complete. The existence of asymmetric information (some have more information than others) gives rise to the problems of adverse selection, moral hazard, and the principal-agent problem.

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