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Upbeat theme for Disney's parks

Disney's theme parks business continues to look solid despite a likely slowdown because of a sluggish economy in the back half of the year, Pali Research analyst Richard Greenfield said Wednesday. Investors have been concerned about the hit to the parks unit amid a slow U.S. economy and a possible recession. "We believe (the) fiscal second quarter was quite strong for Disney's parks," Greenfield wrote. As a result, he boosted his quarterly profit forecast for Disney by 1 cent to 52 cents per share. However, he also warned, "We believe theme park earnings will begin to decline in the back half of Disney's fiscal 2008."

Yahoo buys IndexTools

Yahoo has agreed to acquire Tensa Kft., more commonly known as IndexTools, a provider of Web analytics software for online marketing. The deal, the financial terms of which where not disclosed, is designed to expand Yahoo's ability to help advertisers maximize their online marketing efforts. Also, Yahoo late Tuesday begun showing homemade videos on its online photo-sharing site Flickr.

Cramer is staying on theStreet

Online financial news service has renewed its employment contract with co-founder and CNBC's "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer for three years. The deal restricts him from writing articles for Web competitors. Cramer will get $1.3 million in his first year of the agreement, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.