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The Dow Snaps Its
Two-Day Losing Streak

Stocks closed mixed Friday as better-than-expected earnings from General Electric helped the Dow and S&P 500 snap two-day losing streaks, but the Nasdaq closed lower after disappointing results from Advanced Micro Devices.

Why Fourth-Quarter Earnings Are Likely to Look Great

Once again, profit reports are expected to be a tale of strong profit growth, thanks more to cost cuts than revenue gains. And perhaps even more telling, fourth-quarter 2010 earnings are competing with downright dismal reports for the year-earlier period.

Bank Stocks and Jobs Data Weigh on Market

This week was all about jobs reports and after December's employment numbers fell short of expectations, stocks ended the first week of trading in 2011 on a down note. Kenny Polcari, managing director at ICAP Corporates explains from the New York Stock Exchange.

Some Good Signs From 2010 for Stocks in 2011

Stocks are closing out 2010 with a bang -- posting double-digit gains. Veteran NYSE trader Teddy Weisberg says that those gains should come as no surprise and says there are three important lessons from the market's behavior that will help guide investors in 2011.

Stocks End a Short Holiday Week with a Whimper

A holiday-shortened trading week came to a quiet end on the Thursday before Christmas as stocks closed mostly lower on especially light volume. A spate of economic reports was similarly mixed, with jobless claims and income improving a bit, but home sales and durable goods falling a little short.

Stocks Climb Back to Their Pre-Lehman Disaster Level

Stocks closed broadly higher Tuesday, helped by more deal activity in the financial sector and upbeat earnings from the tech sector. After more than two years, the market has regained all its losses following the implosion of Lehman Brothers in September 2008.

It Could Be a Happy New Year for Stocks

Improving economic conditions at home and abroad, strong corporate profits and the Fed's easy-money policies have some money managers bullish on equities going into 2011. Plus, companies are staring to deploy their cash hoards on M&A, dividends and share-buybacks.

Stocks Close Higher for the Week, Once Again

The last full trading week of 2010 has closed and stocks were modestly mixed trading on light volume. While pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Merck put a damper on the Dow, robust earnings from Oracle and Research In Motion helped lift tech stocks.