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A controversial CEO, Ballmer has struggled to keep Microsoft relevant as the Internet and smartphones pass the PC by. Also this week: Fed minutes released, housing sales send mixed signals, J.C. Penney gets 'poison pill.'
Although the beleaguered Bill Ackman received negative publicity after he took a spat between him and J.C. Penney's directors public, Brown says his bets are on Ackman. Leaving J.C. Penney was the smartest thing Ackman has done in a while, Brown says.
Next Federal Reserve chairman must strongly support central bank's dual mandate, president says, and right now that means boosting employment. Also this week: jobless claims rise, credit card debt falls, and drama unfolds at J.C. Penney.