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If the jobs report and other data confirm the past week's decent numbers and if oil doesn't throw a wrench in the works, stocks could start June on a strong note.
Oil dominated the news again during the week, though crude prices fell back for a change. Economic data also moved the markets, which finished up for the week.
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For the week ending Friday, May 30, 2008, the markets finished up, with all major indices increasing ~1.3% or higher for the week. Only the Dow declined for the month, shedding 1.42%. The NASDAQ reached its third consecutive monthly gain , up 4.55% for the month. The markets were encouraged by better than expected earnings from retailers and strong results from Dell. U.S. GDP for 1Q also helped lift stocks up, as it rose 0.9% at an annual rate , better than the previous estimate. Crude Oil also retreated to lower levels.
Stocks closed higher, led by technology shares, ending the a holiday-shortened week in the positive.
To give investors an edge, CNBC asked the market experts where investors should be placing their bets ahead of the weekend.
Stocks moved higher on positive earnings in technology and a report that inflation appeared to be moderating.
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Dell shares were trading higher before the market's open on strong earnings and an upgrade to buy from Merrill Lynch.
Dell up 8 percent pre-open on a stronger than expected report. But oil is up, bonds are reversing their recent decline, and other metals like gold and copper are up slightly today, though a modest dollar rally continues.
Stocks were set for a positive open, as Dell boosted tech futures and the market awaited numers that would help clear up the inflation picture.
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Stocks could close out the month of May with a tailwind, particularly if the commodities sell off continues.
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Dell reported a profit and sales that outstripped analysts' forecasts, vaulting its shares higher in after-hours trading.
Just a few weeks ago, Dell shares sank to a six-year low. Since then, the stock has popped up 19%. Will this afternoon's earnings report add more momentum to Dell's rally?
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