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Oct 4, 2012 10:05AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The S&P 500 is up for a 4th day in a row. Jobless claims aren't as bad as feared. Google hits a new intraday high; Apple comes back from early lows. Gold finishes at an 11-month high. Coal stocks jump.

Aug 30, 2012 11:07AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The Dow holds at 13,000, but the S&P 500 drops below 1,400. Will Fed Chairman Bernanke signal new stimulus plans? Retailers see strong back-to-school sales in August. Sears is leaving the S&P 500. Crude oil and gold slip.

Feb 23, 2012 11:11AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The blue chips just miss a close of 13,000 in a rally sparked by a decent report on jobless claims. Salesforce.com, AIG results cheer. Apple ponders what to do with $98 billion in cash. Speculators briefly push oil above $108.

Jan 12, 2012 11:32AM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

A late surge pushes the Dow up 22 on the day. December retail sales rose just 0.1%. Jobless claims jump to 399,000. Delta Air may be looking at buying AMR. Chevron drops on an earnings warning. Apple will test mini-stores at Target.

Jan 6, 2012 6:39PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The aluminum giant's earnings, due Monday and expected to be weak, may cause investors to forget about signs of a strengthening economy. JPMorgan Chase and Lennar also report. Worries about Europe and Iran won't go away.

Nov 16, 2011 8:22AM on Latest DispatchesBy TheStreet Staff

Dell reports weaker-than-expected revenue, and Abercrombie & Fitch's earnings fall short of forecasts.

Nov 11, 2011 8:57PM on Latest DispatchesBy Charley Blaine

The third-quarter earnings season ends this week with results from Wal-Mart, Home Depot and others. But as has happened so often recently, Europe will move markets, too. Can Italy form a new government?

Sep 13, 2011 2:21PM on Latest DispatchesBy Kim Peterson

The largest electronics retailer says that same-store sales and profit have dropped from a year earlier. What does this mean for the holidays?

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