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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as part of its job, monitors profits and losses of businesses that are publicly traded.

From October 1, 1981, to September 30, 1982, the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. (AT&T) made a net profit of $7.6 billion.

As of 1997, the most active common stock on the New York Stock Exchange was Compaq Computer Corporation, with a volume of 1231.6 million shares either bought or sold during a year.

The Beanie Baby® is an invention of H. Ty Warner of Ty, Inc. He wanted to market an inexpensive toy that children could buy themselves. The original nine Beanies—a moose, bear, dolphin, frog, platypus, lobster, whale, dog, and pig—were first made available to the public in 1994, primarily in the Chicago area. According to the 1999 edition of Toys and Prices, 1999, a dark blue Peanut the Elephant in mint condition was valued at $4200.

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