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Oct 17, 2012 11:09AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

Housing starts hit a 4-year high, cheering investors. But the Dow and Nasdaq muster only small gains because of weakness in IBM and Intel. Apollo shares sag on earnings warning. Nike ends ties with Lance Armstrong. Oil, gold move up.

Jun 27, 2012 10:41AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The major averages rise for the second straight day on guidance from Lennar and a strong pending-home-sales report. Facebook slips on mixed analyst ratings. Arena Pharmaceuticals soars after its new weight-loss drug wins an FDA OK.

Jun 20, 2012 10:22AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

But the Dow crawls back nearly to break even as the Federal Reserve extends a small stimulus move because of job growth and European worries. It promises more action if conditions worsen. Asian stocks drop on a weak China manufacturing report.

Mar 16, 2012 9:11PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The week ahead starts with Apple's plans on what to do with its cash. It features earnings from Oracle, Nike, Lululemon, FedEx, Tiffany and General Mills. A host of housing reports may give stocks a push. Watch interest rates and oil prices.

Dec 16, 2011 2:30PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The software and athletic equipment giants report earnings this week. Existing-home sales data since 2007 will be trimmed. Boeing will fuel a strong report on durable goods orders. North Korea's Kim Il Jong's death roils Asian markets.

Oct 13, 2011 7:29PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The apparel retailer will shutter 189 stores by the end of 2013. While profits at home are getting squeezed, the company sees better opportunities abroad, especially in China.

Oct 5, 2011 3:28PM on Latest DispatchesBy TheStreet Staff

Analysts don't foresee home prices returning to their 2007 levels until 2020, and that's the optimistic view.

Oct 27, 2010 11:39AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

An ugly price-fixing fine and weakness in North America and Europe sales hit earnings. Results in Latin America and Asia are strong.



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