US markets muster a modest rally despite weak retail sales and a rise in jobless claims. Financials are strong, led by B of A.
Investors are bracing for income and spending data that are expected to show slight gains.
The S&P 500 breached a very important technical milepost this week. That could put a floor on any losses.
The BlackBerry maker faces increased competition from Apple and Palm.
Financial and health care stocks lead the rally. Research In Motion results disappoint, but shares revive and may boost Friday's open.
Earnings are strong, but subscriber growth and guidance are less robust than expected. But shares make a comeback after hours.
While health and tech stocks are strong, worries about Obama's regulation proposals pull financial stocks lower.
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