A greater-than-usual number of companies have reported disappointing revenue results and tepid guidance this quarter, leading strategists to expect a more volatile time for stocks.
It's make-or-break time for the first-quarter earnings season, and it comes just as the stock market is showing signs of strain.
Stocks reversed a two-day slump to close out the week on a positive note, with the S&P 500 rebounding after finishing below it 50-day moving average for the first time this year, but all three major averages still logged their worst weekly drop this year.
U.S. Treasurys prices edged down on Friday after a two-day rally left yields near four-month lows and investors turned to battered stocks.
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Chris Bertelsen, Chief Investment Officer of Global Financial Private Capital tells CNBC's Cash Flow which stocks he likes going into the US earnings season.
Google's earnings appear positive for the company's stock, Martin Pyykkonen says.
Microsoft announced that its CFO was stepping down. The software giant's latest earnings beat expectations. Shares rose after-hours.
The company has been in crisis since its CEO announced last year that he would retire at the 2013 annual meeting, scheduled for May 16. TheStreet.com reports.
Google reported quarterly earnings that topped market expectations, supported by strong growth in its core advertising business. Shares gained on the announcement.
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IBM into quarterly earnings should provide an important tell, Jon Najarian says.
If you are one of the first owners of Google Glass don't even think about trying to sell the device.
CNBC's Jon Fortt offers a preview of Google, IBM and Microsoft earnings.
Mark Mahaney, RBC Capital Markets analyst, shares his plays on the tech giant, ahead of its numbers, due after the closing bell.
After months of reports and speculation, Twitter finally launched its music discovery app, Twitter Music, on Thursday.
Weekly jobless claims will be more important than usual for markets Thursday, after an uneven series of claims reports this month and a surprisingly weak March employment report.
Apple's June quarter could affect the company's stock, BGC Partners Analyst Colin Gillis says.
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