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Feb 2, 2012 12:00PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Investors want to see if Friday's unemployment numbers show a growing economy -- or not. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' results cheer the Street. Jobless claims drop. Macy's boosts 2012 guidance. Zynga shares jump on Facebook excitement.

Jan 23, 2012 4:00AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

But the economy that Obama will talk about Tuesday night is struggling. Job growth is still a problem, and the housing collapse is weighing on business.

Jan 6, 2012 10:10AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

US unemployment falls to 8.5% in December, suggesting a strengthening economy. But the Dow drops 56, and the S&P falls 3. Tech gains boost the Nasdaq. Gold and oil drop. A report says Apple may put mini-stores in Target.

Dec 22, 2011 12:18PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow rises 62 points; the S&P 500 nears break-even for 2011. The market is poised for a third weekly gain in the last four as new reports suggest the economy is firming. Wall Street loves an Akamai deal. Oil flirts with $100.

Dec 9, 2011 7:03PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The package carrier is a leading indicator as investor focus returns to the domestic economy in the week ahead. Europe won't go away. The Fed will acknowledge a stronger economy. Best Buy, Joy Global, and Research In Motion report quarterly results.

Nov 4, 2011 10:32AM on Latest DispatchesBy TheStreet Staff

Prices settle lower as the US reports lackluster job growth in October.

Aug 7, 2011 9:15PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow is looking at opening down more than 230 points. Gold tops $1,700 an ounce. Asian stocks slump. The European Central Bank will support Italian and Spanish bonds.

Aug 5, 2011 11:33AM on Latest DispatchesBy TheStreet Staff

Prices close lower as Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi agrees to speed up austerity measures, easing fears about sovereign debt in the EU and igniting a late-day rally in stocks.



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