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Oct 26, 2012 11:25AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

But Apple retakes $600 after earnings and guidance disappoint investors. Amazon shares jump despite a quarterly loss. GDP rises at a 2% annual rate, but consumer optimism slips even as Americans spend more. Gasoline prices continue to drop.

Oct 25, 2012 12:11PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Apple shares are briefly halted. Earnings are lower than expected; iPad sales disappoint. Amazon sales also disappoint. Stocks rebound after Fitch Ratings denies it plans a U.S. debt downgrade. Pending home sales slip.

Oct 24, 2012 11:13AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow falls 25 after the central bank says the economy still needs help. Investors cheer Facebook's mobile ad efforts. Boeing and Panera Bread offer bullish outlooks. But Netflix shares are crushed. New-home sales are the strongest in 2 years.

Sep 14, 2012 10:36AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow gains 54 as the Bernanke rally continues, despite a downgrade of US debt and profit-taking. Crude oil briefly tops $100. Apple hits new highs. UnitedHealth, not Apple, will replace Kraft in the Dow.

Sep 6, 2012 9:35AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Hope for a resolution to Europe's debt crisis and decent US jobs data boost the Dow and S&P 500 to 4-year highs. The Nasdaq hits a 12-year top. Jobless claims fall, and ADP says private employers added 201,000 workers in August.

Aug 30, 2012 11:07AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow holds at 13,000, but the S&P 500 drops below 1,400. Will Fed Chairman Bernanke signal new stimulus plans? Retailers see strong back-to-school sales in August. Sears is leaving the S&P 500. Crude oil and gold slip.

Jul 27, 2012 10:18AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow surges 188 points as hopes build that the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank will start new stimulus plans. GDP in the US grows at just a 1.5% rate in the 2nd quarter. Facebook briefly falls nearly to $22; Starbucks slumps.

Apr 26, 2012 1:37PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine's profit beats Street estimates. Starbucks shares drop on Europe weakness. Investors applaud Bernanke's promise of Fed support in a market panic. March pending home sales are the best in 2 years. Exxon and UPS results disappoint.



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