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    Stocks ended higher Tuesday, snapping a three-day losing streak, after strong earnings from Merck and a better-than-expected housing report lifted sentiment on the Street.

  • Several events came together midday to help stocks rally including a drop in the dollar about 2 PM ET, which has helped the market several times in the last couple days.

  • Stocks ended higher Tuesday, snapping a three-day losing streak, as an earnings beat from Merck and better-than-expected housing report gave the market a boost.

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    Dividend-paying stocks, seen as a safer bet as the market worsens, are a trickier play as companies cut or eliminate dividends to shore up balance sheets.

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    Another day, another round of corporate layoffs.  Liz Claiborne and PNC Financial Services became the latest companies to announce job cuts on Tuesday

  • Stocks had a topsy-turvy morning as investors digested a revival in pending-home sales and an earnings beat from Merck against some gloomy news out of the tech sector.

  • David Dietze of Point View Financial Services sees light at the end of the tunnel. He's cautiously optimistic about financial stocks.

  • One month into the year, the average dividend yield of the Dow 30 has gone up a bit since 2009 began, but is still down from where it was at the end of November.  See how the 30 companies in the Dow compare.

  • Stocks started off February mixed as banks took a hit from worries about the so-called "bad bank" plan, while techs got a boost from anticipation that they will benefit from government spending on tech and telecom infrastructure.

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    A major US retailer announced job cuts Monday amid worries about the fate of the stimulus plan, while a big Wall Street firm has further job cuts in store, according to reports.

  • Stocks started February in the red amid worries about the fate of the stimulus plan and the economy but pared their losses after a better-than-expected reading on the manufacturing sector.

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    The Obama administration indicated that it will not unveil new measures to aid the financial industry until next week but will move first on the issue of Wall Street bonuses and executive compensation.

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    A major US retailer announced job cuts Monday amid worries about the fate of the stimulus plan and the economy.

  • Stocks started February in the red amid worries about the fate of the stimulus plan and the economy but pared their losses after a better-than-expected reading on the manufacturing sector.

  • While investors hoped that a new year would bring better results, a plethora of downbeat earnings reports, poor corporate outlooks, gloomy economic data, and heightened concerns over the health of many large financial firms plagued the markets in January.

  • US stock index futures pointed to a further slump at the open Monday as investors braced for another round of dire economic indicators along with the next batch of corporate earnings. 

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    The Obama administration will not unveil new measures to aid the financial services industry this week as had been expected. Instead the issue of Wall Street bonuses and executive compensation will be addressed, an industry source says.

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    The Obama administration and financial industry representatives are discussing  new terms on lending transparency and executive compensation for companies receiving financial aid with an announcement likely this week.

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    The Obama administration and financial industry representatives Saturday discussed a wide range of measures to ease the credit crunch for homeowners and business, including a so-called 'bad bank' component to buy toxic assets.

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    Talks continue between the Obama administration and financial industry representatives over a so-called 'bad bank' plan to buy toxic assets.  An announcement is likely late next week.