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  • Stocks Trade Off Highs Before Close Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 3:59 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks traded off the highs of the day before the close amid a still uncertain global environment rocked by uncertainty in the Middle East and Japan, although bank stocks got a lift as institutions began announcing dividend increases.  JPMorgan and Caterpillar rose, while Travelers fell.

  • Stocks Pare Gains; Banks Rise, Retail Falls Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 12:17 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks pared gains as news that fighting in Libya was continuing despite Libya's pronouncement that it was ceasing military operations, although bank stocks got a lift as institutions began announcing dividend increases.  JPMorgan and Caterpillar led the gainers.

  • Futures Gain After Libya Declares Ceasefire Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 9:21 AM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    U.S. stock index futures rose sharply ahead of the open Friday after Libya announced it was ceasing military operations to protect civilians in the wake of United Nation's decision to create a no-fly zone over the country.

  • Stocks Climb Back From Lows to End Higher Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 5:01 PM ET
    CNBC - Disaster in Japan - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

    Stocks climbed back from the lows of the year as investors shrugged off continuing uncertainty in Japan to send stocks broadly higher. HP and Pfizer rose, while Kraft fell.

  • Did Raj Rajaratnam Cross the Line to Get an Edge? Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 4:23 PM ET
    Raj Rajaratnam

    After one week of testimony in the insider trading trial of Galleon Group co-founder Raj Rajaratnam, one thing is clearer than ever: In the brutally competitive world of hedge funds, information is everything. A jury will ultimately decide whether the information Rajaratnam got—and made millions trading with—was illegal inside information. But there is no disputing that he went to great lengths to get it.

  • Stocks Climb Before Close; Banks Gain Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 3:54 PM ET
    CNBC - Disaster in Japan - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

    Stocks climbed to near the highs of the day ahead of the close as investors stepped back into the market to send it broadly higher after all the major indices fell to their lows for the year on Wednesday. HP and Chevron rose, while Kraft fell.

  • General Mills to Buy Majority Stake in Yoplait: Report Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 1:02 PM ET
    General Mills

    General Mills is near a deal to purchase a majority stake in French dairy company Yoplait, according to a report from Dow Jones.

  • Stocks Climb Back as Energy, Materials Rise Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 11:55 AM ET
    CNBC - Disaster in Japan - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

    Stocks climbed back from the lows of the year on Thursday amid largely strong economic reports and after sharp drops in all the major indices on Wednesday. HP and Chevron led Dow gainers.

  • Futures Rise After Jobless Claims, CPI Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 9:22 AM ET
    CNBC - Disaster in Japan - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

    U.S. stock index futures gained after news that jobless claims dropped to 385,000 and consumer inflation was in line with expectations.

  • 'Business-Friendly Bahrain' Disappears; Ex-Pats Exit Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 8:38 AM ET
    Passengers line up for flights out of Bahrain at the country's airport March 17.

    "A sense of calm with an undercurrent of mild panic," is how one Bahraini described the scene at Bahrain International Airport Thursday morning,after the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) cleared the country's Pearl Roundabout area of anti-government protestors, killing at least three people.

  • Stocks to Claw Back Some Lost Ground Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 6:35 AM ET

    US stock index futures pointed to sharp gains for Wall Street Thursday as the market clawed back from a steep selloff Wednesday when the S&P 500 erased all its year-to-date gains amid concerns over the impact of Japan’s nuclear crisis.

  • Stocks Plunge to 2011 Lows on Japan Crisis Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 4:56 PM ET
    CNBC - Disaster in Japan - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

    Stocks fell to the lows of the year on Wednesday in a volatile session driven by fears stemming from Japan's nuclear crisis. IBM and GE led the blue-chip index lower.

  • Stocks Tumble Ahead of Close in Choppy Trade Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 3:57 PM ET
    CNBC - Disaster in Japan - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

    Stocks traded off the lows of the day, but remained sharply down in a volatile session after news reports that Tokyo Electric Power almost completed a power line that could restore electricity to the stricken nuclear power plant and potentially solve the immediate crisis.  IBM and GE led the Dow lower.

  • Stocks Trim Losses; Energy Rises, IBM Falls Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 11:57 AM ET

    Stocks trimmed losses after investors learned a European energy chief didn't have material information about the situation in Japan before saying the crisis was "out of control."

  • Futures Mixed Amid Global Worries, Inflation Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 9:28 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures slumped after news that inflation at the producer level rose more than expected, while housing start plunged, and as investors continued to digest the implications of a nuclear crisis in Japan and heightened tensions in the Middle East.

  • Blog: Kicking and Screaming, EU Will Move to Solidarity Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 2:31 AM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    Jean Monnet, the father of European integration, once remarked that “Europe will be forged in crises, and will be the sum of the solutions adopted in crises.”

  • Stocks Tumble; Dow, S&P 500 Hit 6-Week Low Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 5:15 PM ET

    Stocks closed off the lows of the day, although still 1 percent lower, as buyers stepped into the market in afternoon trading even as investors remained unnerved by the escalating nuclear crisis in Japan. Intel and Cisco fell, while Chevron gained. .

  • Stocks Pare Losses Before Close; Utilities Skid Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:59 PM ET

    Stocks significantly pared losses, although continued to trade lower, after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed intentions to continue stimulating the economy through bond purchases even as investors remained unnerved by the escalating nuclear crisis in Japan. Intel and Cisco fell, while Chevron gained.

  • Stocks Slide Amid Nuclear Fears; Tech Sinks Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 11:57 AM ET

    Stocks pared the worst losses of the day, although remain sharply lower, as the worsening nuclear crisis in Japan prompted investors to sell stocks across the globe and move into safer investments. GE and Intel led the blue-chip index lower.

  • Many Culprits in Fall of a Family Film Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 9:55 AM ET
    Mars Needs Moms Movie

    “Mars Needs Moms” is shaping up as a miss so disastrous that it will send signals to broad swaths of Hollywood, the New York Times reports.

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