The market ends with small gains at best but finishes higher for a second straight week. A number of measures of investor confidence are positive. Big banks dominate next week's earnings.
Shares are up nearly 80% from September lows as analysts and investors see better results and flashier products ahead. Are the shares overbought?
The embattled company likens itself to the Girl Scouts, which offers cookies through direct sales. 'Nobody attacks them,' the CEO laments.
He says the banking system is 'in the best shape in recent memory.' Still, the 'Oracle of Omaha' can afford to be more patient than most investors.
Blue chips rise after 2 days of losses. Boeing's 3% gain comes despite three 787 problems in as many days.
Activist investor Dan Loeb buys a major stake and locks horns with Bill Ackman, who says the company is a scam.
The aluminum giant starts the fourth-quarter earnings season seeing growth in China. US business hopes depend on ending budget fights. Earnings reports ramp up in the next 2 weeks, starting with Wells Fargo. Google, Apple report the week of Jan. 21.
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