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  • Banking stocks looked set to continue their sharp jump higher at the open Thursday as investors wait for the official results of the government’s stress test.

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

  • Stocks turned lower Thursday as bank stocks backed off their early rally and techs dragged on the Nasdaq.

  • Stocks turned lower Thursday as bank stocks backed off their early rally and techs dragged on the Nasdaq.

  • Shoppers look at home theater televisions at the Best Buy store Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 in Richfield, Minn. Best Buy Co. Inc., the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer, said its second-quarter earnings rose 22 percent on a 13 percent increase in revenue. The results beat Wall Street expectations, but Best Buy left its full-year guidance unchanged. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Consumers enticed by warmer weather and glimmers of hope for the economy bought a few more items in April, helping discounter Wal-Mart Stores and many mall clothing chains post better results for the month than expected.

  • The worst economic scenario is now off the table, said Jeffrey Kleintop, chief market strategist at LPL Financial.

  • A "good GPS indicator" for investors might be looking at stocks that have raised their dividends, said Peter Andersen, portfolio manager at Congress Asset Management Company.

  • As the world grapples with headlines about bailouts, bankruptcies and pirates, a lone dove has emerged on YouTube to save the global economy.

  • Some big names are in today's round of Pops & Drops, including GE, Dell, Toyota, Ambercrombie & Fitch, Saks and others. Find out which ones popped -- and which dropped.

  • Stocks rose sharply Thursday after an upbeat forecast from Wells Fargo, capping their fifth straight up week.

  • Stocks rose sharply Thursday as investors cheered a surprise earnings forecast from Wells Fargo.

  • Stocks shot out of the gate Thursday as investors cheered a surprise earnings forecast from Wells Fargo.

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    Wal-Mart  stores says U.S. same-store sales rose 1.4 percent in March as consumers continued to hunt for bargains and bought necessities, such as groceries. But the results are below Wall Street expectations.

  • Careful here: the market is showing signs of ignoring bad news (CEOs are consistently talking down expectations) and jumping all over any glimmer of good news.

  • US stock index futures rose ahead of the open Thursday as Wells Fargo surprised investors by pre-announcing its forecast-beating earnings results.

  • Stocks should trade quietly Thursday ahead of the three-day holiday weekend. Wednesday's activity was subdued, even after a minor sell off after the Fed downgraded its economic outlook yet again, in the release of its last meeting minutes mid-afternoon.

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    Revenue may be down and the pressure to slash costs intense, but some U.S. companies say job cuts are not an option.

  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Costco and Dow Chemical popped while Newmont Mining and Advance Auto Parts dropped.

  • Costco Wholesale announced plans to close two Costco Home stores Thursday as part of the discount retailer's cost-saving program to combat falling consumer spending.

  • Basketball

    The rise in prominence of the University of Memphis men's basketball team has meant more money in the bank for the school.