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  • Stocks had their best three-day run in 10 months Wednesday as Spain got the market off to a good start, promising tough austerity measures, and tech stocks rallied after some encouraging reports from Intel and IBM. Gold soared.

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    The company beat, and beat handily Wall Street expectations with its third quarter earnings, coming in at 42 cents when the Street was looking for something closer to 39 cents.

  • What follows is a look at stocks in the S&P 500 displaying unusual volume in today's trading session.

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    Yeah, you read that headline right: IBM is offering up a 5-year earnings plan, and for a company in tech — really any company — to offer such visibility is substantial, and intriguing. Oh, and the 5-year plan has IBM reporting $20 a share in operating earnings by 2015.

  • Shares of Intel rose after CEO Paul Otellini said Tuesday that the company anticipates a double digit percentage rise in revenue and net income over the next few years.

  • Tech landed on the Fast Money trader radar with a slew of names including Apple jumping on Monday. What's the trade?

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    I guess what I'm trying to say is that when you look at growth prospects and solid financial performers; tech ought to be the new destination when investors are looking to fly to some quality locale.

  • In a wild trading week that prompted major US exchanges to cancel trades amid fears of trader errors and computer system malfunction, the three major equity indices fell 5.7% or greater for the week. 

  • Sometimes a sharp sell-off like the one we saw on Thursday is the best time to go bargain hunting.

  • Stocks closed sharply lower on Tuesday with investors fearing the debt crisis in Europe could spread and derail the global recovery. Is this the time to be greedy?

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    Anybody who’s worked in a big company knows how hard it can be to find “the right someone” on short notice to help you solve a pressing business-innovation problem...But three big companies have begun to figure out how to build these large-scale pull platforms to create value for customers...and in the process, they’ve driven sustainable long-term results.

  • Dividend increases are back on the rise, as companies have more cash on the their balance sheets and seek to reward shareholders for taking their capital risk. So far this year, over 88 S&P companies have increased dividend payments.

  • The financial regulation debate will begin today in the US Senate, with lawmakers still divided on issues including derivatives regulation and consumer protection. Some experts say the bill’s reach may go beyond the big banks — and could hit companies that investors may not expect.

  • Dividend increases keep coming. ExxonMobil the latest, this time increasing their annual dividend to $1.76 from $1.68. According to Standard & Poor's, 98 companies in the S&P 500 (20 percent!) have increased, with 2 decreasing.

  • On the heels of the Federal Reserve's decision to maintain low interest rates for an "extended period," two experts, Ken Heebner and Bob Doll, shared thoughts on the economy and their individual stock picks.

  • The Dow dropped over 200 points Tuesday, its worst loss in months, after the debt ratings on Greece and Portugal were downgraded.  Goldman Sachs ended higher. The VIX jumped more than 30 percent, it's biggest one-day surge since October 2008.

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    Better corporate profits and economic news could keep the market humming, as long as the slow fuse on the Greek debt situation doesn't end with a bang.

  • The NASDAQ Composite and Dow rose for the eighth consecutive week, with the Dow marking its longest winning streak since January 2004. Energy and consumer discretionary stocks led the gains in the S&P 500 this week. 

  • The bulls may have a battle on their hands Friday, after Microsoft and Amazon shares slipped in extended trade after earnings. What must you know?

  • While the company is serving up its “Happy Meals” to eager customers, its profits are providing many “Happy Returns” for its shareholders.