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Wall Street Watch Friday: Autodesk Crashes

Are architects, engineers and animators in trouble? It's worth asking because Autodesk -- the longtime provider of 3D design, engineering, and architecture software -- posted disappointing quarterly results on Thursday afternoon.

Do Super Bowl Ads Score for Their Companies' Stocks?

The Patriots and Giants will interrupt the entertainment to run some football plays, but everyone knows the Super Bowl is all about the commercials, and at $3.5 million for 30 seconds, sponsors must think they'll get their money's worth. But will their shareholders feel the same way?

Three Tech Trends to Watch in 2011

What are some things in the tech world to look forward to in 2011? Here are a few things in my crystal ball worth keeping an eye on in the tech sector: Consolidation in enterprise computing, a check-in shakeout and a surge in crowd-sourcing businesses.

Cloud Computing Is Growing Up, and VCs Are Feeding It

Last week, on-demand-software giant Salesforce.com acquired a cloud software startup called Heroku for $212 million in cash. That's par for the course these days as cloud computing goes from buzzword to reality. And venture capitalists are flocking to put money into the next Heroku.

Guess Which Stocks Have Led the S&P 500 So Far This Year

As year-end nears, investors are in for a surprise about which stocks in the S&P 500 spearheaded the unexpectedly robust upswing in 2010. Hint: Cummins is the only economy-driven name in the bunch. Plus: Hints from Goldman Sachs on how 2011 could turn out.

Short-Term Trading: Is It a Wise Strategy?

On his Mad Money show last week, Jim Cramer encouraged viewers to add short-term trading to their portfolios. But how can an investor determine with certainty when a stock has "flown too high" and when to buy it back?

Cloud Computing Stocks Take a Breather

Cloud-computing stocks got hammered Wednesday when hosting services provider Equinix lowered its guidance. While the dips may be stomach churning, look at them as opportunities to invest in a field that is likely to grow for the long haul.

Three Reasons Why Google's Valuation Could Vault

The conventional wisdom gaining strength these days is that Google is past its hot-growth prime. But unnoticed by many investors are at least three businesses that could give Google's stock the kick it's looking for.

FedEx Joins a Growing List of Disappointments

Wall Street analysts still predict a record $97 in profits for the S&P 500 next year despite a lackluster economy. Expectations of massive corporate profits have propped up the stock market. That could change quickly.

With Sun, Oracle Bets on a New Strategy

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's Jan. 27 webcast announcing the completion of the Sun acquisition got overwhelmed by iPad-mania the same day. So much so, that it appeared as if Oracle had made a rare publicity blunder. But maybe not.

Ten Tech Predictions for 2010

Beyond incessant Twittering and texting, what's 2010 likely to bring? To find out, we're combining the insights and crystal-ball gazing of DailyFinance tech writers Alex Salkever and Sam Gustin, from Silicon Valley and New York City, respectively. Here's what they see coming in the year ahead. Hint: Apple and Google figure to loom large over the tech landscape in 2010.