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Jul 31, 2012 10:58AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow drops 64 but ends July up 1%. Traders are waiting for the Fed and European Central Bank to act. Cirrus Logic shares soar on growth projections. Will Apple split its stock? Facebook gets smashed.

Jul 30, 2012 10:46AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow's 53-point gain slips away as traders hope for stimulus moves from the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank. Apple surges on reports the new iPhone will debut in mid-September. Natural gas and corn prices jump.

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 11, 2012 11:00AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The blue chips are briefly down as many as 119 points as Federal Reserve officials see the current slowdown as transitory. They will act if conditions deteriorate. Marriott warns about growth in Asia. Supervalu suspends its dividend.

Jun 20, 2012 10:22AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

But the Dow crawls back nearly to break even as the Federal Reserve extends a small stimulus move because of job growth and European worries. It promises more action if conditions worsen. Asian stocks drop on a weak China manufacturing report.

Jun 14, 2012 10:31AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Central bankers are planning how to keep global markets running if Sunday's Greek election results in a leftist win. Microsoft will buy Yammer for $1 billion-plus. Jobless claims rise. Oil and natural gas rally as OPEC leaves quotas alone.

Mar 30, 2012 3:27PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Friday's jobs report will be the week's big event, along with auto sales reports on Tuesday. Bed Bath & Beyond, Carmax and Monsanto report results. Apple had the biggest impact on the market in the quarter, but Sears was the top S&P 500 stock.

Mar 12, 2012 10:49AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow struggles to a 38-point gain as China shows more signs of softening. Investors await results of Tuesday's Fed meeting. Apple shares hit new highs on iPad demand. Harley-Davidson first-quarter sales are strong. Gold and crude oil fall.



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