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    After a five-week rally, stocks face one of their toughest challenges yet - a very nasty earnings season.

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

  • Shares of Varian Medical Systems are moving higher along with strong options activity amid takeover rumors. Who's the suitor?

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has lost its coveted top-level credit rating from Moody's Investors Service, but a well-known Buffett watcher says the move will have only a very small impact on the company.  Tonight Moody's downgraded Berkshire by two notches to Aa2 from Aaa.  The ratings agency says severe stock price declines and the U.S. recession have weakened an important Berkshire reinsurance subsidiary.

  • Stocks pulled off a gain Wednesday, helped  by a late rally, as investors bet on a recovery in some big-name techs.

  • Credit default swaps (CDS) are getting a long-overdue overhaul today. If all goes well, CDS will have greater transparency, better pricing, and be fully collateralized.

  • Stocks wobbled Wednesday as the Treasury denied a report that it might extend TARP funds to some insurers and as earnings worries cast a shadow over the market.

  • Stocks opened higher Wednesday following news that the U.S. may extend TARP funds to insurers.

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    The stock market has been on a bit of a roll lately. But with far less fanfare, the credit markets, where the financial crisis began, are also showing signs of a spring awakening.

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    As we are now into the 17th month of this recession, many investors are looking forward to the breather coming from a shortened trading week.  The markets will be closed for Good Friday and many others will be taking off on Thursday for the first day of Passover.  But will the markets continue their rally when everyone returns to work on Monday?

  • Consumers keep packing movie theaters: they're not looking for nuanced narrative or complex characters. They're looking for high-octane entertainment, and they found it in Universal's "Fast & Furious," which broke all sorts of records this weekend.

  • Options activity in Textron is crazy busy Monday, as shares surge in heavy volume amid takeover rumors. Shares of the aircraft maker bottomed at $4 or so in early March, but are up more than 9 percent on merger talk...

  • Following a 4-week rally the markets traded lower as of midday Monday, weighed by on-going concerns over the health of the financial sector.  Despite four weeks of steep gains, financials, industrials, and utilities companies remain deep in the red year-to-date, recording losses over 10%. Which are the worst/best performing companies?

  • US stock index futures pointed to a higher open Monday, following a bumper week for the major indexes, as investors looked to the next batch of corporate earnings results.

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  • The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 663,000 jobs in March and the unemployment rate climbed to 8.5%.  This is the highest unemployment rate since 1983.  The January numbers were revised to a loss of 741,000 but the February numbers were kept as previously reported.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Jeff Gaspin, the President of Universal Television Group, runs NBC Universal's most profitable property: USA network. In an exclusive interview with Media Money, Gaspin talked about how his business is holding up through the recession and stealing viewers from the broadcast networks.

  • US stocks looked set to continue their positive start to the quarter and jump higher at the open Thursday, as investors will look for reassurance from global leaders at the G20 summit in London. 

  • LED technology company Cree is up 6 percent Wednesday, with huge options activity. The average call activity in CREE for the month of March was 2,200 contracts a day, but today some 23,200 calls changed hands in the first hour of trading alone.

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    Investors who think the recent run-up in stocks is a sign that the market has turned a corner could be in for a rude awakening once first-quarter earnings start.