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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.

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.

Jul 26, 2012 10:49AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Facebook shares slump as earnings disappoint. Stocks gain as the European Central Bank's president pledges to do 'whatever it takes.' Starbucks misses Street estimates. Visa and 3M results beat forecasts. Jobless claims drop.

Jan 27, 2012 11:38AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The blue chips fall 74 after the government says fourth-quarter growth is 2.8%; Wall Street was expecting 3%. Facebook may file for its IPO next week. Ford, Chevron and Starbucks drop on earnings letdowns.

Jan 11, 2012 12:15PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The blue chips fall 13, but the S&P 500 pushes ahead at the close. Europe, large oil supplies and slumping natural gas keep markets in check. Lennar sees a 20% gain in orders; shares rise 7%. Crocs shares jump on a bullish sales estimate.

Dec 14, 2011 12:12PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Gold falls below $1,600 an ounce as fears build that Europe's problems are getting worse. The Dow falls 131 points. Stocks of companies with big non-US sales are hit hard. Michael Kors IPO prices at $20; Zynga on deck.

Oct 28, 2011 11:53AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The blue chips end up 23 points as a great October continues. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq rise for a fourth week. Gold and crude oil drift lower. Higher prices boost Chevron profits. Weak sales force Whirlpool to lay off 5,000. Merck earnings rise.

Oct 24, 2011 1:13PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Subscribers give up on the video-rental company. The Dow rises 105 points as Caterpillar batters estimates. Europe inches toward a deal on its debt-and-banking crisis. Oil jumps above $91.



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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.