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Oct 19, 2012 10:35AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The slump is the worst since June and comes on the 25th anniversary of the 1987 crash. McDonald's and GE say the global economy is struggling. Microsoft, Google and Chipotle slide. Apple drops under $610. Oil and gold drop.

Oct 18, 2012 11:49AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The search giant's results -- released early -- disappoint and slam tech shares. Microsoft's earnings don't excite. Investors hate Chipotle's results. Travelers and Verizon earnings impress. Gold and oil slip.

Oct 17, 2012 11:09AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Housing starts hit a 4-year high, cheering investors. But the Dow and Nasdaq muster only small gains because of weakness in IBM and Intel. Apollo shares sag on earnings warning. Nike ends ties with Lance Armstrong. Oil, gold move up.

Oct 16, 2012 11:40AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

But IBM and Intel results disappoint. Goldman Sachs and Johnson & Johnson results cheer Wall Street. Citigroup's Vikram Pandit abruptly resigns as CEO after a board conflict. Consumer prices rise along with gas prices.

Oct 15, 2012 11:20AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Investors are cheered that September retail sales are stronger than expected. Apple's iPhone sales help. Citigroup's core business is getting stronger. Speculators bet Clearwire will be part of the Sprint-Softbank deal.

Oct 12, 2012 11:12AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow ends up slightly; the Nasdaq and S&P 500 slip. Wells Fargo and JPMorgan earnings beat estimates, but margins are squeezed. Apple moves higher. Google falls on antitrust worries. Oil and gold fall.

Oct 11, 2012 11:10AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow ends with its fourth straight loss as an early rally falls apart. Jobless claims hit their lowest level since 2008. Sprint Nextel is talking about a deal with Japan's Softbank. Apple slumps. Oil rises on Middle East worries.

Oct 10, 2012 11:12AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Investors are dismayed by weak outlooks from Chevron and Alcoa. Costco and Yum results cheer, and Wal-Mart cites strong back-to-school sales. 3rd-quarter PC sales slump. In a modestly improving economy, the Fed sees new housing activity.



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As geopolitical tensions threaten to spin out of control, investors are wondering how best to position their portfolios for the global turmoil.



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.