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  • Stock futures retreated Tuesday after a report showed retail sales unexpectedly dropped -- and dropped sharply in March.

  • Richard Bove, financial strategist at Rochdale Securities, is bullish on the US banking sector as he sees an improvement in banks' overall operating businesses.

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    The US economy is not out of the woods yet, but the worst of the downturn will probably pass this year, as various components of the stimulus thrown at it will start to show results, White House adviser Christina Romer told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Goldman Sachs better-than-expected earnings isn't completely unexpected.

  • Asian markets were mixed Tuesday after Goldman Sachs' stronger-than-expected profit signaled the worst could be behind for U.S. banks, emboldening investors to chase after riskier assets.

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  • Goldman reported early, coming in with earnings of $3.39 a share, well above the $1.64 expected.

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    The S&P 500 closed modestly higher on Monday with investors betting that big banks will post at least decent quarterly results. And after hours Goldman did far more than that...

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    As big banks start reporting their first-quarter earnings this week, investors will be looking to see if the recent good news suggests a turnaround is for real.

  • Stocks ended mixed in a dramatic finish Monday as the market was buzzing about President Obama's press conference on the economy tomorrow.

  • The pros showed lots of caution as the markets move deeper into earnings season, suspecting pullbacks after several strong weeks.  Financials earnings will be of particular interest this week, but surprises are less likely.  When the U. S. economy recovers, it is likely to do so before those of either Japan or Europe, because the U.S. has acted much more swiftly, forcefully, and, one hopes, appropriately.

  • Stocks retreated Monday after a five-week rally as investors braced for this week's round of earnings and a potential bankruptcy filing by General Motors.

  • Stocks, which had already been coming off their mid-morning lows, rallied further about 1:18 ET when it was announced that President Obama would make a major address on the U.S. economy tomorrow.

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  • As Earnings Season gets further underway, analysts continue to revise their estimates for the First Quarter downward.  Data from Thomson Reuters shows that year over year EPS growth numbers from last April are now expected to fall 37.8% compared to an expected drop of 12.5% at the start of the year.

  • Stocks retreated Monday after a five-week rally as investors braced for this week's round of earnings and a potential bankruptcy filing by General Motors.

  • Abby Joseph Cohen, Goldman Sachs Global Markets Institute president, offered CNBC her onsights on the economy and the markets.

  • Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Citigroup and our parent General Electric report earnings this week. Goldman Sachs rumors of a secondary are rampant ahead of the earnings report tomorrow

  • Stocks looked set to fall at the start of trading Monday, with the Treasury Department instructing Dow component General Motors to prepare a contingency plan for bankruptcy.

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