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  • Stocks shaved some of their earlier losses as financials gained.  Sony and BP shares rose.

  • Weakness in technology and consumer staples has triggered chatter that recent gains may be short-lived. Is the market trying to tell us something?

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    Nuance, the company that makes Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Windows, is in a pretty sweet position: It’s essentially a monopoly.

  • Over the past several weeks the traders as well as Fast Money friends have revealed their top trading ideas for the second half of 2010.

    Traders as well as Fast Money friends have revealed some of their top trading ideas for the second half of 2010.

  • The Dow pulled off its fourth-straight gain, led by DuPont after better-than-expected earnings from the chemicals maker. But the gain was more modest than in recent sessions as a drop in consumer confidence tempered investors' enthusiasm. Financials rose, while energy and consumer-discretionary stocks were among the weakest links.

  • Stocks seesawed on Tuesday after consumer confidence showed a drop in July—to its lowest level since February—on job market worries. Jim Meyer, CIO and co-founder at Tower Bridge Advisors, shared his market outlook.

  • Stocks struggled Tuesday as worries about a drop in consumer confidence offset better-than-expected result from DuPont. Energy and consumer discretionary were among the weakest sectors.

  • One word: Apple.

  • With markets higher for three straight trading sessions, is this a summer rally and should investors put their trust in it? Ned Riley, CEO of Riley Asset Management, and Jeffrey Saut, chief investment strategist at Raymond James, discussed their outlooks and best plays.

  • U.S. stock index futures edged lower ahead of the open Monday in the wake of a strong close for Wall Street Friday and ahead of fresh data on the housing sector.

  • A couple of takeaways from Friday’s solid gains: 1) No sell-off materialized following Thursday’s strong rally. 2) Another encouraging result of Friday’s gains that traders noted: higher highs for the markets for the first time in a number of months.

  • Stocks pushed higher on Monday, following encouraging reports from new home sales and a positive outlook from FedEx. Will stocks continue the trend through the week? Uri Landesman, president of Platinum Partners discussed his insights.

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    With the European bank stress tests out of the way, investors may shift their focus to what's got the stock market perking up in the last couple of days.

  • US stocks posted their second best weekly performance of the year, led by the NASDAQ Composite with a gain of 4.15%.  Within the S&P 500 sectors, industrial and material companies rose the most.

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    Oracle President Charles Phillips said we're still in the "early innings" of tech consolidation, and that Oracle will probably spend twice as much over the next five years as it did over the last five.

  • Will upbeat forecasts from Corporate America be the catalyst that finally pushes the S&P above 1100, a point of big resistance?

  • With a slew of companies reporting earnings after hours, the traders are sifting through the results in an attempt get you a step ahead. What's the latest?

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    Apple merits a home in any portfolio, even if buying it is anathema to all your instincts as an investor. But for those who are transfixed by nominal stock prices and don't want to shell out the cash (classic retail mistake), there are derivative plays off Apple that are less capital-intensive.

  • Market drops on Bernanke comments; a failure of expectations. The S&P 500 dropped about 12 points as Mr. Bernanke's written testimony came out. There were several statements in the written testimony that caught traders' attention...

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    Apple proved once more its iProducts make for a powerful earnings machine, but that may not add much juice to tech shares Wednesday.