Afternoon Roundup: Today's Top Stories

At The Motley Fool, we know our readers like to be informed. Here's a quick look at today's most relevant financial news, boiled down to what you need to know.

Big deals for digital content providers
Rivals Netflix (NAS: NFLX) and Amazon (NAS: AMZN) drew up separate deals with WaltDisney (NYS: DIS) to license movies and television shows, offering subscribers a wider range of content.

The deal is welcome news for Netflix, which has seen its stock price plummet more than 75% in the past few months after a series of management missteps. Financial terms of the deals weren't disclosed. Read more atThe Wall Street Journal.

Yahoo! leans toward dividend
Shares of digital media company Yahoo! (NAS: YHOO) opened down more than 3% this morning on news that the company is leaning toward selling its Asian assets and paying out the proceeds to shareholders. Yahoo!'s been exploring a tax-free disposal of its 40% stake in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group, which would offer the company a tax savings of about $5 billion.

Before today, Yahoo! was considering offers from private-equity buyers interested in purchasing the entire company. However, a change of ownership would endanger the tax-free treatment of a subsequent sale of Yahoo!'s stake in Alibaba. No final decision has been made. Read more atBloomberg.

Around the world in currency news
U.S. stocks fell more than 1% early this morning, as the dollar rallied following the Bank of Japan's decision to intervene against the recent rise in the yen. The dollar's rise of nearly 3% against the yen likely contributed to a broad decline in stocks, with financials taking the biggest hit. Shares of JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America (NYS: BAC) , Morgan Stanley (NYS: MS) , and Citigroup (NYS: C) were all down between 2.5% and 5% in early trading. Read more atCNN.

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