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Dow Closes at Another High, Eyes Turn to U.S. Payrolls

U.S. stocks closed modestly higher on Thursday, with the Dow ending at a record for a third straight day as jobless claims data pointed to a pick-up in the labor market's recovery a day before the closely watched payrolls report.

Investors, Rivals Complicate Dell's Going Private

Several potential bidders may be preparing offers to counter the effort by Dell founder Michael Dell to take the company private, from shareholder Southeastern Asset Management to rival computer maker Hewlett-Packard to famed investor Carl Icahn.

What Was Wall Street Thinking Last Week?

There's never a shortage of silliness when it comes to Wall Street. Some of last week's biggest surprises and head-shaking blunders included a farcical mistake on the AP's list of same-store sales for September, Apple's failure to deliver the iPhone 5, Comcast's plan to charge $60 for a movie, and Best Buy's music streaming surrender.

What to Watch Next Week on Wall St.

Netflix's massively controversial rate hike will finally go into effect, and new waves of earnings will wash ashore, including fashion brands, retail outlets, Barnes and Noble, and a curious company whose fortune might well represent the health of the gaming industry.