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  • Stocks pulled back Thursday after a higher open as Cisco dragged on the Dow.

  • Stock index futures pointed to a mixed opening Thursday, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq futures faring the worst after Cisco's chief executive was cautious on calling a bottom.

  • Traders buy and sell crude oil futures contracts at the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    Weekly jobless claims and retailers' monthly sales reports combine to challenge stocks Thursday and will likely paint a picture of a consumer still very much under pressure.

  • After hours investors poured over Cisco results, trying to determine if the stock has more room to run.

  • Stocks ended lower Wednesday, despite a late attempt at a recovery, as disappointing readings on the service sector and employment situation, as well as a cautious outlook from Dow component P&G, fueled concerns about the economic recovery.

  • Cisco Earnings

    Cisco shares jumped 19 percent on the quarter, mostly on the heels of CEO John Chambers' comments at the conclusion of the company's third quarter report that trends were suggesting something positive, or at least stable, in global IT spending.

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    As we have head into Cisco's earnings print tonight, the implied move int he options market has ticked up a bit from ~2.5% last last week to almost 5% which is a bit rich to the avgerage over the last 8qtrs of about 4%.

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    If Cisco meets analyst expectations for its fiscal fourth quarter, it'll report a nearly 20 percent plunge in sales and a 30 percent decline in profits. And that's the good news.

  • New concerns about the strength of the recovery stopped the bulls in their tracks on Wednesday. How should you protect profits, now?

  • Stocks tumbled Wednesday following disappointing readings on the service sector and employment situation, as well as a cautious outlook from Dow component P&G.

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    Stocks were lukewarm Wednesday following a disappointing jobs report from ADP and cautious outlook from Dow component P&G. Also: a Senate vote on extending the "Cash for Clunkers" program could happen as early as today. Read and listen to what the experts had to say...

  • Stocks tumbled Wednesday following disappointing readings on the service sector and employment situation, as well as a cautious outlook from Dow component P&G.

  • This market is hanging in there nicely and investors should go back to the "buy the dips" strategy, said Alan Valdes, vice president of Hilliard Lyons.

  • Stock index futures pointed to a slight rise Wednesday, despite a drop in shares for Dow component Procter & Gamble and a sharp rise in planned layoffs for July.

  • NYSE Traders

    Stocks are at a pivotal point that has some traders looking for a pullback but others afraid to be caught short.

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    As we first told you last week, investors are eager to hear from Cisco on Wednesday, a firm widely considered a barometer for corporate tech spending. What must you know?

  • Both the S&P and Dow edged higher on Tuesday after better-than-expected economic data further suggested a recovery was underway...

  • Jeff Layman, of BKD Wealth Advisors, and William Lefkowitz, of V-Finance, shared their best stock and sector plays for the dog days of summer.

  • The U.S. Dollar continues its slide, with the Dollar Index falling to its lowest levels since the end of September.  Capitalizing on this dollar weakness are commodities.

  • Nothing feels worse than having to leave a party, race home as fast as you can, only to miss snippets of that cable sensation "Options Action" (known within the industry as "The O/A").