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Dollar General pops, Taser zaps higher, Nintendo levels up

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Time for your Monday dose of Trending Tickers, the stocks that you're tracking as measured by Yahoo Finance ticker searches. Making the list today:

Dollar General (DG) - The discount retailer is up 10% today on news that it has submitted a bid to buy rival Family Dollar (FDO). The $9.7 billion offer comes on the heels of  an $8.5 billion offer from Dollar Tree (DLTR) just last month. The latest news sparks a bidding war over Family Dollar, just as all-star investor Carl Icahn had hoped. Icahn revealed he cut his stake in Family Dollar after Dollar Tree's bid and hoped that a higher offer would be made. We'll see what he does now that his dreams have come true.

Taser International (TASR) - Shares were up as much as 10% as the nation watches developments in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri. Taser shares are being bid up because the company makes the wearable cameras that some police departments require their officers to wear while on duty. Some experts are calling for more accountability, not just from Ferguson police but all departments across the country, arguing that recording an officer's every move could benefit the public - and possibly Taser.

Nintendo (NTDOY) - Shares of the Japanese videogame maker are up about 4% on sales of a new Mario game, but also on news that its Pokemon franchise may be coming to an Apple (AAPL) iPad near you. Nintendo has famously avoided putting their games on phones and tablets. But playing third fiddle (at best) in the console wars may prompt the company to change its mind. Every child of the 80's and early 90's is praying Pokemon is just the first of many classics to make its way onto new technology platforms.

Those are your Trending Tickers today. Tell us what stocks you're watching on Twitter using the hashtag #TrendingTickers.

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