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Jan 19, 2012 12:55PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The search giant misses estimates, but investors like earnings from IBM, Intel and Microsoft. The Dow gains 45. Bank of America's earnings cheer Wall Street. Jobless claims fall nearly to a 4-year low. F5 Networks earnings send shares soaring.

Jan 19, 2012 11:22AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Google, IBM, Intel and Microsoft will post after the close. All face challenges in 2012.

Jan 18, 2012 11:41AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The S&P 500 closes above 1,300 for the first time since July on gains in tech, bank and housing stocks. Goldman Sachs rises on an earnings beat. The Keystone XL pipeline route appears doomed. EBay, F5 Networks results impress.

Jan 9, 2012 12:43PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The aluminum giant says a 27% decline in prices hurt fourth-quarter earnings, but revenue is better than expected. Tim Cook earns $378 million as Apple CEO. Gold and oil slip. Bristol-Myers inks a $2.5 billion deal.

Jul 15, 2011 2:58AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

In a big week for earnings, IBM, Apple, Bank of America and Caterpillar are among the headliners. Reports are due on housing starts, existing-home sales and mid-Atlantic manufacturing. The debt ceiling fight will continue. Will gold top $1,600?

May 26, 2011 12:37PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Jobless claims are larger than expected; economic growth is tepid. But stocks recover from early losses. Oil and gold move lower. Techs move higher on NetApp. A top hedge-fund manager says Microsoft's Ballmer should go.

May 25, 2011 1:16PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Crude oil tops $101, and gold and silver push higher. Netflix leads the Nasdaq. Rising costs hit shares of Polo Ralph Lauren and Costco. Whlle home prices fall, a government report says, Pittsburgh prices hold their own.

Apr 28, 2011 8:58PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The software giant's third-quarter earnings grow 31%, but investors are more concerned that consumer PC sales are sliding. With video on Microsoft's earnings.

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