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  • Stocks ended mixed after a volatile session as investors cautiously anticipated  monthly jobs data and third-quarter earnings reports. Alcoa and Verizon fell, while GE and DuPont rose.

  • Stocks were modestly lower ahead of the closing bell, ending a volatile session marked by a handful of encouraging economic reports, a rising dollar, and investor caution ahead of quarterly earnings reports and monthly jobs data. Verizon and Alcoa fell, while GE rose.

  • Stocks ended higher Friday, continuing a September rally despite trading with uncertainty most of the week.  Caterpill and United Technologies rose, HP and JP Morgan fell.

  • Stocks were mixed Friday after a report on consumer sentiment dampened recent signs of economic growth. Art Hogan, global equity product director at Jefferies, discussed his insights.

  • Stocks edged higher before the close Friday, putting the market on pace to continue a September rally despite trading with uncertainty most of the week.  Dupont and Caterpillar rose, JP Morgan and HP fell.

  • Stocks are slightly higher after a burst at the open following news that a measure of consumer sentiment unexpectedly hit the lowest level in more than a year.  Dupont and Disney rose, HP fell.

  • Stocks began September by soaring more than 2.5 percent after strong U.S. and Chinese manufacturing reports relieved some of the mounting worries over the global economy.  Bank of America and Caterpillar rose. 

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  • Stocks ended higher Tuesday, led by energy and financials. But IBM and Goldman Sachs declined.

  • The Dow erased its early gains Tuesday as IBM and Goldman Sachs fell despite solid earnings reports from both companies.

  • U.S. stock index futures gained ground after Goldman Sachs reported quarterly earnings that easily beat estimates even as the company comes under intensified fire for its trading practices.

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    Tough economic times haven't lessened Texas Roadhouse's appetite for expansion. The fast-growing casual dining chain is planning to expand its business outside the U.S.

  • European banks trading higher as a deal to help Greece has crystallized: coordinate bilateral news from euro countries, with the partial help of the IMF. Regardless: traders (who don't normally talk politics) are passing around articles about elections in Germany, France and Italy...

  • Fast foods' oldest and most famous names are facing off against more upscale chains that are slashing prices to hold onto the tight-fisted consumers. So which stocks are the better buy? Jeffrey Bernstein, senior restaurant analyst at Barclays Capital, shared his insights.

  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro hit a 52-week high yesterday and attracted some bullish option trading ahead of its earnings report next week.

  • Predictably, HMOs are trading up slightly on the Scott Brown victory in Massachusetts, but for the rest of the market its pretty much back to "sell on the earnings news."

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    After the bell, Chipotle Mexican Grill annihilated street expectations with third quarter earnings of $1.08 a share, up 83 percent from a year ago, compared to the expected $.88 from analysts.

  • Great earnings from three big banks, but futures haven't moved. What's up? Traders note that good earnings are being sold because stocks have rallied so much going into earnings season (the S&P 500 is up almost 4 percent this month alone).

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    Despite the rising concerns about childhood obesity, restaurant menus for children have not changed in recent years. Mintel Menu Insights has been tracking kids menus from 2005 until present, and are seeing the same foods repeated year after year.

  • Brinker, parent of restaurant chain Chili's (down 17 percent on 5x normal volume), is a real shot across the bow for bulls who are hoping for an improvement in sales trends in the second half.