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Oct 9, 2012 11:23AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow falls 110 points. The Nasdaq slumps for a 3rd day. Earnings boost Yum Brands shares after hours; Alcoa drifts. Apple weighs on techs again. A downgrade hits Intel; Cummins trims its revenue guidance. Oil rises on more Middle East tensions.

Oct 8, 2012 12:29PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Apple drops on worries about iPhone supplies and worker unrest in China. Netflix soars on an upgrade. Facebook falls on a 'sell' call. Alcoa rises ahead of Tuesday's earnings results. Gold and crude oil move lower.

Oct 5, 2012 10:13AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Stocks rally but retreat after the government says the unemployment rate falls to 7.8%, lowest since 2009. Apple, Zynga and Facebook lead a pullback. Crude oil falls below $90. Alcoa starts earnings season on Tuesday.

Oct 5, 2012 3:40AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Alcoa's report Tuesday kicks off what may be a difficult season. Results may fall from a year ago, with revenue flat. The best group may be homebuilders.

Oct 4, 2012 10:05AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The S&P 500 is up for a 4th day in a row. Jobless claims aren't as bad as feared. Google hits a new intraday high; Apple comes back from early lows. Gold finishes at an 11-month high. Coal stocks jump.

Oct 3, 2012 10:36AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Stocks end higher, but Hewlett-Packard falls to a 10-year low as CEO Whitman warns of a 'fix-and-rebuild' year ahead. ADP says the private sector added 162,000 jobs in September. Low rates spur mortgage applications. Oil falls under $89.

Oct 2, 2012 11:13AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow shows a small loss, but Apple shares reverse to end the day higher. Google slips. September auto sales are the best since 2008. Spanish premier Rajoy says a bailout request isn't 'imminent.' T-Mobile may buy MetroPCS.

Oct 1, 2012 11:29AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow enjoys a 78-point gain, but the Nasdaq goes negative as Apple and slide. The Institute for Supply Management says manufacturing gained some momentum in September. Google's market capitalization moves past Microsoft's.



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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.