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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.

Aug 23, 2012 11:08AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

A soft jobs market is not the only reason for the sell-off in stocks and oil. Add in weak Hewlett-Packard results and economic weakening in Europe and China. Gold manages to end higher. New-home sales grind higher; housing stocks slip.

Aug 22, 2012 11:44AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

An 83-point loss for the Dow shrinks to 31 points as minutes show the Federal Reserve inching toward a new economic stimulus plan. Hewlett-Packard earnings beat estimates, despite soft PC sales. Dell sags. Housing shows some strength.

Feb 23, 2012 11:11AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The blue chips just miss a close of 13,000 in a rally sparked by a decent report on jobless claims., AIG results cheer. Apple ponders what to do with $98 billion in cash. Speculators briefly push oil above $108.

Feb 23, 2012 8:30AM on Latest DispatchesBy TheStreet Staff

Target's quarterly results fail to impress investors, while Sears announces plans to sell stores to raise cash.

Feb 20, 2012 3:31PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Earnings from the big retailers and Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Target will signal if the big rally since October can continue. European financial ministers and Greece agree on terms of a rescue package. Rising oil prices are a threat.

Nov 22, 2011 12:01PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The blue chips sag after an IMF offer to help nations caught up in Europe's woes proves limited. Hewlett-Packard sags on an earnings warning. Merck pays $950 million to settle Vioxx issues. Stocks look to open lower on Wednesday.

Nov 21, 2011 8:42AM on Latest DispatchesBy TheStreet Staff

The computer maker will report quarterly results after the market closes. Alleghany says it will buy Transatlantic Holdings for $3.4 billion.



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