Stocks finished flat Wednesday as investors largely shrugged off the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting that showed policymakers wanted further evidence of a sustainable jobs recovery before scaling back its bond purchases.
Investors should be looking at how to hold on to gains from the first half of 2013, S&P Capital IQ Erin Gibbs says.
Check out which companies are making headlines after the bell Wednesday:
Volatile trading in stocks and bonds could continue as investors sort out what's going on with the Fed and whether markets have come to some sort of inflection point.
Bullish momentum should drive stocks higher into the week ahead, with all eyes on a speech by Fed Chairman Bernanke.
If earnings are driving the rally, then next week is going to be very telling. "I want to be careful of some stocks," Cramer said.
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Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Despite economic headwinds and uncertainty in Washington, US consumers are rocketing ahead, leading analysts to revisit their GDP forecasts for the first quarter.
The past five years haven't been the brightest for the economy or consumers, but that hasn't held back retail stocks. It's been the consumer that has led the way for the Dow Jones Industrial Average since the Oct. 9, 2007, closing peak for the blue chip index, with two retailers landing among the top five performers since that time.
Although consumers' paychecks got a bit lighter this year when the 2 percent payroll tax cut expired, Wall Street analysts see reason to remain bullish on defensive retailers.
The American paycheck's not the only thing that's shrinking as big business thinks of creative ways — from smaller packages to deep price cuts — to capture the hesitant consumer's dollar amid signs of weak sales.
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Stocks soared for a second day to finish near session highs Wednesday, with the Dow within less than 100 points of an all-time closing high, boosted by upbeat earnings and economic reports and as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke reaffirmed his support of the central bank's stimulus policy.
Take a look at some of Wednesday's midday movers:
Dollar Tree, known for selling a large selection of products for $1 or less, had produced higher than predicted quarterly profits this year.
There is a big potential upside in one group of stocks, which have been beaten down as of late Cramer said.
U.S. stock index futures edged higher Wednesday following the durable goods orders report and ahead of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's second round of testimony, but ongoing worries over political deadlock in Italy kept a lid on gains.