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Oct 18, 2012 11:49AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The search giant's results -- released early -- disappoint and slam tech shares. Microsoft's earnings don't excite. Investors hate Chipotle's results. Travelers and Verizon earnings impress. Gold and oil slip.

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.

Oct 1, 2012 11:29AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow enjoys a 78-point gain, but the Nasdaq goes negative as Apple and slide. The Institute for Supply Management says manufacturing gained some momentum in September. Google's market capitalization moves past Microsoft's.

Sep 5, 2012 11:37AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow sees a 60-point gain fade to just 12 points, despite hopes a solution for Europe's debt crisis is coming into focus. FedEx shares are lower on a profit warning. Dollar General boosts guidance. Crude oil recovers early losses.

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.

Jul 3, 2012 10:35AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Worries that the Strait of Hormuz may get blocked push oil prices up some 4%. Brent crude tops $100. US factory orders grow in May. June auto sales are strong; SUVs do well. Barclay's CEO quits. Microsoft takes a $6.2 billion writedown.

Feb 3, 2012 9:54AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

A 157-point gain puts the Dow at pre-2008 crash levels after the economy adds 243,000 jobs in January, the most since April. The services economy also sees growth. Crude oil and interest rates rise; gold slips. Apple hits a new high.

Jan 20, 2012 11:58AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

IBM, Intel and Microsoft power the blue chips and the S&P 500 Index higher. Google's earnings miss holds the Nasdaq back. Existing-home sales rose in December. Crude oil drops below $100; gold rallies.



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