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    Many see the S&P 500 scoring double-digit gains next year, finishing at 1400 or higher, because of a better economy, better earnings, better tone from Washington, and a better case for equities versus bonds.

  • Whether it's restaurants, software, retail or autos, these are the quarters to watch.

  • Chatter on the Street was all about tech Friday after stellar earnings out of Oracle and RIM provided bulls with the tailwind needed to push the Nasdaq to a new 52 week high.

  • Stocks closed narrowly mixed, as technology and bank stocks gained strength and drug stocks fell, amid more evidence of a recovering economy in the U.S. and passage of a bill extending Bush-era tax cuts. American Express fell, while Boeing rose.

  • Following are moves you might have missed. Find out why shares of Corning and Sprint popped while Dreamworks and Adobe dropped.

  • Google

    Google is making the leap from digital librarian to merchant in a challenge to Amazon.com Inc. and its Kindle electronic reader.

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    Want to bake some cookies, but need the help of Martha Stewart? Now there's an app for that.

  • Silicone Chip

    Now that the election is over, it's time to focus on sectors that will likely do well post-election. One which was outlined in my previous post is the technology sector. And driving growth in this sector is the continuing trend towards consolidation.

  • Stocks ended slightly higher, but remained at about the same place where they started Tuesday as investors held steady under a raft of earnings in anticipation of next week's elections and likely announcement of a new economic stimulus program from the Federal Reserve.

  • Stocks rose ahead of the market close Tuesday, led by consumer cyclical stocks. Stocks were pressured for most of the afternoon as investors held steady under a raft of earnings in anticipation of next week's elections and likely announcement of a new economic stimulus program from the Fed.

  • Apple's $51 billion cash stockpile has led many investors to ponder a possible takeover move. But this company makes the most sense.

  • Steve Jobs

    Speculation stories are fun, especially when they involve a high-profile company. We have a stellar example this week.

  • Stocks struggled to remain in positive territory Tuesday after a rise in consumer confidence offset disappointing reports on home prices and earnings.

  • U.S. stock index futures weakened Tuesday as investors digested a handful of mixed earnings reports and as the dollar made gains against the euro and yen.

  • The stock is up 43 percent year to date, but it has a 20 percent weighting in the Nasdaq 100...far and away the largest weighting of any stock. More importantly, it accounts for two-thirds of the gains in the Nasdaq 100 this year.

  • The Dow closed above 11,000 for the first time since early May on hopes the Federal Reserve would step in to spur economic growth. Alcoa and Caterpillar rose, while Bank of America and Kraft  fell.

  • Stocks added to gains as the close neared, with the Dow rising above the 11,000 mark, as investors anticipated the weak jobs report would prompt the Federal Reserve to step in and spur economic growth.  Alcoa and Caterpillar rose, while Bank of America and Kraft  fell.

  • Before Friday's trading even starts, the "Fast" traders offered their best plays for the end of the week.

  • The traders spent Thursday gaming a slew of stocks likely to make sharp moves in the days ahead. What must you know?

  • Adobe's headquarters in San Jose, California.

    Steven Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, recently showed up with a small entourage of deputies at Adobe’s corporate offices in San Francisco to hold a secret meeting with Adobe’s chief executive, Shantanu Narayen, the NYT reports.