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  • HP Drags on Dow; Yahoo Buoys Nasdaq

    Stocks declined Tuesday as investors expressed their disappointment in Wal-Mart's outlook, HP's deal and a slew of other news. Surprising resilience in retail sales, excluding autos, helped curb losses. The Nasdaq eked out a gain, led by Yahoo.

  • A Good Day For Stocks--Considering...

    I don’t want to make too much of this, but it was a pretty good day for stocks, considering all the negative stuff the markets had to deal with. Consider:

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    HP's One-Two "Punch" With Earnings And EDS

    Talk about a busy couple of days for HP: yesterday, news begins trickling out that a $13 billion deal between HP and Electronic Data Systems. Shares are halted, speculation begins, a statement from HP confirms the talks, the deal is announced this morning, investors wonder whether IBM will face competition in its bread-and-butter business, and oh yeah, HP also pre-releases earnings.

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    HP And EDS: Why The Deal? Look To India And IBM

    There's been lots of speculation about why HP is willing to shell out nearly $14 billion for EDS when that company's shares have flat-lined recently. Why spend a 30 percent premium on an also-ran player in services and technology outsourcing?

  • HP Drags on Dow; Icahn Buzz Boosts Yahoo

    Stocks declined Tuesday as investors juggled a mixed bag of news: Retail sales outside of the hard-hit auto sector showed suprising resilience, while a well-known analyst cut her outlook for big banks. Wal-Mart skidded after the discount giant posted decent results but issued a tepid outlook.

  • Want to know how frustrated Hewlett-Packard spacer shareholders are today? Here's a couple stats: Market cap yesterday: $123 b Today: $107 b Loss: $16 b.

  • HP, EDS and IBM on the Move

    The news on HP's acquisition of EDS has the stocks trading at enormous volumes.

  • Banks Hurt by Europe; EDS/HP No Threat to IBM

    Three points about today’s trading: 1) financials again down on weak earnings from European banks; 2) Bulls hoping that strengthening dollar would lead to a decline in commodity prices are again having a hard time; and 3) All those people arguing that the EDS/Hewlett deal would be a big challenge to IBM are missing the point.

  • H-P, Financials Drag on Dow; Oil Nears $127

    Stocks declined Tuesday as investors juggled a mixed bag of news: Retail sales outside of the hard-hit auto sector showed suprising resilience, while a well-known analyst cut her outlook for big banks. Wal-Mart skidded after the discount giant posted decent results but issued a tepid outlook.

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    HP to Buy EDS for $12.6 Billion, Sees Strong 2008

    Hewlett-Packard has struck a deal to buy Electronic Data Systems for $12.6 billion, seeking to boost its technology services business to better compete against market leader IBM.

  • Stronger retail sales than expected (ex-auto up 0.5 percent, the best showing since November) has caused an 8-point pop in futures. Elsewhere: 1) Hewlett-Packard's $12.6 b deal for Electronic Data systems ($25.00 a share) is a direct challenge to IBM.

  • Market Insider/Tuesday Look Ahead

    Whether consumers are willing to open their wallets is a big theme for Tuesday's markets. First, Wal-mart's quarterly earnings will be reported in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

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    Stocks Rebound From Last Week's Drop

    Stocks got off to a good start Monday with the Dow making triple digit gains for the week. What's the "Word on the Street?"

  • Techs, Financials Lead Rally; HP Skids

    Stocks started the week off higher, led by financials and technology stocks. RIMM and MBIA rose, while HP declined.

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    Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest personal-computer maker, is close to a deal to buy technology outsourcing company Electronic Data Systems for $12 billion to $13 billion, a source told Reuters.

  • BT May Sell Data Centers to H-P: Report

    BT Group is in talks to sell its British data centers to the U.S. computer firm Hewlett-Packardfor 1.5 billion pounds ($2.93 billion), the Sunday Times reported.

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    Your First Move For Monday May 12th

    Here's our Fast Money Final Trade. Our gang gives you Monday's best trades, right now!

  • Week Ahead: Will Stocks be Boiled in Oil?

    Wall Street is increasingly worried that bubbling over oil prices will scald the economy and the stock market. That's just one concern for traders in the week ahead which also has inflation data, retail sales and housing numbers. There are also earnings reports, TV networks' upfronts for advertisers, and plenty of Fed, Fed, Fed.

  • The Home Stretch

    Earnings season draws to a close next week with Wal-Mart and Hewlett-Packard the remaining Dow Components still left to report. Is there a last minute earnings trade here?

  • Game Plan: Trading the Week Ahead

    Earnings from McDermott, Wal-Mart, Deere and Hewlett-Packard should present some unique buying opportunities, Cramer says.