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Jul 18, 2012 10:34AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Stocks rally as investors cheer the biggest gain in housing starts since 2008. IBM and Qualcomm results cheer investors. American Express sees some consumer caution. Intel leads chip stocks higher.

Jul 16, 2012 10:42AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Retail sales fall for the third straight month, with weakness in building materials, sporting goods and furniture sales. Citigroup's earnings cheer. Intel and GE estimates are cut. Google's Marissa Mayer is Yahoo's next CEO.

Jun 18, 2012 11:06AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The blue chips fall 25. Gains for Apple and others offset weakness in energy and financial shares. The 10-year Spanish bond yields 7%-plus on reports of deepening bank problems. Homebuilders move up on rising confidence.

Apr 13, 2012 6:42PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Concern that Spain could default on its debt may negate what should be a decent week for earnings. Companies reporting include Coca-Cola, Citigroup, IBM, Intel, Kimberly-Clark, Microsoft and GE. Also due is the March report on housing starts.

Jan 30, 2012 12:29PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Good economic news on bank lending and business in Texas helps investors get past fears that Greece won't cut a debt deal. Gold and oil dip. Pep Boys will go private. US Airways rises on takeover chatter.

Jan 26, 2012 12:20PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Stocks open to levels last seen in the spring of 2008, but the Dow falls 22 on profit-taking and worries about the economy. Caterpillar and Netflix are the leaders. Apple briefly hits a new high. Starbucks results disappoint.

Jan 19, 2012 12:55PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The search giant misses estimates, but investors like earnings from IBM, Intel and Microsoft. The Dow gains 45. Bank of America's earnings cheer Wall Street. Jobless claims fall nearly to a 4-year low. F5 Networks earnings send shares soaring.

Jan 16, 2012 1:17PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Traders are cheered European markets were steady after Friday's downgrades of France and 8 other countries. Carnival shares hit on cruise-ship disaster. China's 4th-quarter growth slips. Citigroup and Wells Fargo report before the open.



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No more Dispatches; here's where to find market news

The Market Dispatches column has been discontinued. Here's where to find the latest stock and business news on MSN Money, and the latest from market writer Charley Blaine.