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  • Stocks were mixed as the closing bell neared, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq slumping, as the prospect of the Federal Reserve resuming Treasury purchases to boost the economy countered a disappointing report on private sector hiring. GE and Alcoa rose, while AT&T fell.

  • Stocks were mixed as the prospect of the Federal Reserve resuming Treasury purchases to boost the economy countered a disappointing report on private sector hiring, sending the Dow higher.  GE and Alcoa rose, while  AT&T and Travelers fell.

  • The NYSE Consolidated Tape (trading in all NYSE listed stocks on all venues) rose to 4.9 billion shares yesterday, the highest level since July.

  • What follows is a look at stocks in the S&P 500 displaying unusual volume in today's trading session.

  • Stocks closed modestly higher Wednesday but off the session's highs as investors continued to show wariness about the health of the U.S. economy.  JP Morgan and AIG rose, HP and Intel fell.

  • Stocks trimmed gains but remained higher Wednesday after the government released data on consumer credit and investors learned the economy is growing but at a slower rate nationwide. Alcoa and AIG rose, HP fell.

  • What follows is a look at stocks in the S&P 500 displaying unusual volume in today's trading session.

  • Why are semiconductor stocks performing well when PC demand is weak? Is it a signal that tech wants to lead the market higher?

  • Stocks rose Wednesday ahead of news on the U.S. economy to be released Wednesday from the Federal Reserve.  Alcoa rose, HP and Intel fell.

  • Portugal successfully floated debt in two auctions, but at a very high yield. In one auction, $839 million of notes due in 2013 were sold at a yield of 4.086 percent; the previous auction of the same maturity was sold at a yield of 3.597 percent. At these yields, why not issue debt?

  • Stock futures futures turned higher following Europe as fears of a renewed sovereign debt crisis eased somewhat and as investors wait for news on the state of the U.S. economy from the Federal Reserve.

  • A long position in Xilinx and Altera looked like it was going to be a hot trade but all it did was burn. So how is Pete Najarian playing these stock now.

  • Will upbeat forecasts from Corporate America be the catalyst that finally pushes the S&P above 1100, a point of big resistance?

  • With a slew of companies reporting earnings after hours, the traders are sifting through the results in an attempt get you a step ahead. What's the latest?

  • Shares of Apple popped in extended trade Tuesday as investors cheered the company’s latest results. How should you trade in Apple's wake?

  • Considering the S&P broke a 6-day winning streak despite a strong start to earnings season, has the market topped out?

  • Prepare for a deluge of earnings reports next week. Some of the most widely followed companies will all release results one after another. How should you position?

  • Corporations hold large amounts of cash for a variety of reasons, including speculation on the price of assets, corporate acquisitions, future investments or even as a precaution against market uncertainty. If a company holds more cash or highly liquid assets as a large proportion of their total assets and relative to their peers, investors can draw insight into the size and scope of a company’s future investments. Keep in mind that some industries by their nature will have much more hard assets

    Corporations hold large amounts of cash for a variety of reasons. So, which S&P 500 companies are the most cash-rich? Click to find out!

  • Xilinx has been on a tear recently, and the bulls apparently think that it has further to run.

  • The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.