A Short but Busy Week Could Mean More Volatility

Investors may be most thankful that this week will be short. The market is closed for Thanksgiving and will log just a half-day on Black Friday, but from today through Wednesday, traders will contend with a heavy slate of economic data and earnings news.

Repurchase Mania: The Top 10 Buyback Stocks

When IBM raised its stock buyback authorization by $10 billion on Oct. 26, it became the 259th company to announce repurchase plans in October alone. Citi Investment Research says the long-term trend of rising share repurchases has only just begun.

Deere Triples Analysts' Earnings Estimates

Deere shattered analysts' 19-cent per share first-quarter earnings estimate, earning 57 cents per share, largely through rigorous cost-containment and lower raw material costs. Deere also raised its revenue guidance for 2010.

Look to Deere for Farm Sector Insights

Agriculture bellwether Deere & Co. will give investors another clue about the economic recovery when it reports quarterly earnings results Wednesday. Deere's sales numbers, and its 2010 outlook for sales in emerging markets, will say much about the global economy's health.