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. In today's video, we cover the following:

  • Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) reported earnings and is working to go forward with its acquisition of Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN).
  • GM (NYSE: GM) enjoyed a record profit for its full 2011 fiscal year. However, the automaker said it will freeze the company’s pension plan for 19,000 workers as GM moves them over to a 401(k) plan.
  • AT&T (NYSE: T) is eyeing new deals in hopes of increasing its spectrum. But the carrier’s interest in Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) could turn up empty-handed, because Dish has plans to build out a high-speed wireless network of its own.