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Jan 10, 2012 12:06PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Investors shrug off Alcoa's loss and focus on its bullish outlook for global aluminum demand. Materials and financial stocks lead the rally. Tiffany warns on 4th-quarter results; shares slump. Oil and gold rise.

Sep 28, 2011 1:09PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Investors are freaked when copper tumbles, boosting worries about the global economy's health. Fears about Europe's debt persist. Jabil Circuit's a winner; Darden Restaurants is not.

Jun 28, 2011 12:48PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Stocks rally for a second day on growing confidence Greece will enact new austerity measures. Nike's results push shares higher. Home prices in April were off 4% from a year ago -- but up from March.

Jun 6, 2011 12:57PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Despite Steve Jobs' appearance, Apple falls 1.6%. Banks slide after analyst Dick Bove downgrades Wells Fargo. Harley Davidson gets an upgrade. Crude oil slips; gold and silver rise. Temple-Inland shares soar on International Paper's $3.4 billion bid.

Apr 6, 2011 1:06PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow finishes up 33 as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft rally. Apple sags. Bed Bath & Beyond shares jump on strong 4th-quarter results. Gold briefly tops $1,460. But metals and chemical stocks fall back.

Jan 6, 2011 1:27PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow falls 26 ahead of Friday's jobs report. Target's and Macy's December sales are disappointing. AT&T and Verizon pull the Dow lower. Nvidia soars. A rising dollar hits oil.

Dec 9, 2010 2:58PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit multiyear highs, but DuPont and IBM pull the Dow lower. Jobless claims decline. Ford will expand a Louisville, Ky., plant. Tenet Healthcare soars on a takeover bid.

Oct 21, 2010 2:08PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow hits a 2-year high before falling back to a 39-point gain when a rising dollar stalls the rally. Gold and crude oil tumble. Bank of America slides on mortgage fears.



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How to invest when the world is in chaos

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.