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  • 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.

  • Reason for Optimism on Japan? Not Yet Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 3:05 PM ET

    We don't know if there has been any positive effect from dropping water, and even if power is restored tomorrow it's not clear that the water pumps will operate: they too may have been damaged.

  • CalPERS Goes Global in Search of Higher Returns: CIO Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 2:53 PM ET

    Over the last ten years, the California Public Employees' Retirement System, CalPERS, has yearly averaged a 4.5 percent return,  yet the pension fund is trying to achieve a 7.75 rate of return over the long-term, the CIO of CalPERS, told CNBC on Thursday.

  • Global Tumult Sends Many Investors Back to Sidelines Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 2:25 PM ET
    A local investor watches the share-prices index display at a stock brokerage in Shanghai.

    "Until investors know the extent of the damage and nuclear fallout in Japan, the only certainty in the capital markets is that uncertainty will prevail," one strategist says.

  • Greenberg: Will Sales Taxes Hurt Amazon? Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 1:12 PM ET
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    What will happen to Amazon if it’s forced to collect taxes on all of its sales?

  • 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.

  • Farr: Luck of the Irish? Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 11:10 AM ET
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    This week's market action has left a lot to be desired. But given everything that is going on, we should probably be thankful. After falling some 4-5% from its recent highs, the S&P 500 remains in positive territory for the year.

  • Japanese Big Caps Rise on Careful Optimism Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 10:29 AM ET

    As the Tokyo Electric Power began throwing everything at the reactor problem, Japanese big cap stocks like Sony (SNE) and Panasonic (PC) have been rising (Sony is down nearly 20 percent in the past week), as have big miners like BHP Billiton (BBL) and Rio Tinto (RIO), which are up 3 or 4 percent.

  • Greenberg: The Next Chinese Stock ‘Story’ (Updated) Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 10:25 AM ET

    Announcements of proposed deals appear to be designed more as a way to spark interest in a deal.

  • Greenberg: New Netflix Rival Flooded with Customers Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 10:09 AM ET

    After reading David Pogue’s excellent piece this morning in the New York Times on Zediva, a new rival to Netflix, I went to the website to check out who is behind the company.

  • 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.

  • What's On: Global Markets, Earnings and Outperformers Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 8:35 AM ET

    See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Thursday's Squawk on the Street.

  • 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.

  • Five Things We're Watching: March 17, 2011 Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 4:05 AM ET
    An official in a full radiation protection suit scans an evacuated elderly woman with a geiger counter to check radiation levels in Koriyama city in Fukushima prefecture.

    Here's what you should be watching Thursday, March 17.

  • 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.

  • Dow Rallies 100 Points on Japan Power Line Report Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 3:26 PM ET
    CNBC - Disaster in Japan - Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

    AP is reporting that Tokyo Electric Power has almost completed a new power line that could restore electricity to the crippled nuclear power plants.

  • Fear Bull Market, Or Fear Bubble? Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 3:23 PM ET
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    Fear is in a bull market. The VIX, which measures prices for puts and is often called the "fear index," jumped 26% today and hit the the same it did the day Lehman filed for bankruptcy.

  • Stop Trading! Listen to Cramer   Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 2:27 PM ET
    Stop Trading! Listen to Cramer

    Mad Money host Jim Cramer shares his views on the markets.