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  • The S&P 500 is up 4 percent this week, it's best gain in a long time, and it's a simple story: Alcoa and a number of retailers are all signaling that the economy is slowly improving, and for the moment "slowly" is good enough for the stock market.

  • As the economy teeters on the verge of recovery, Bob Phillips of Spectrum Management Group and Peter Costa of Empire Executions shared their stock picks for the upcoming week.

  • Stocks recovered from a quick dip at the open. Chevron led the Dow pack after saying it expects profits to improve in the third quarter. Tech stocks gained, fueled by chips.

  • Following a strong day for new 52-week highs on Thursday, with a total of 71 S&P companies reaching this level, U.S. stocks are showing modest gains in early trading. Here is a look at today's new 52-week highs.

  • Stocks rebounded Thursday after jobless claims beat and Alcoa kicked off the earnings season with exactly what analysts wanted to see: revenue growth.

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    The Obama Posse is hellbent-for-leather on a misguided crusade to rein in the one clear growth engine of the American manufacturing economy: high-tech.

  • Stocks rebounded Thursday after jobless claims beat and Alcoa kicked off the earnings season with exactly what analysts wanted to see: revenue growth.

  • Stocks rebounded Thursday after jobless claims beat and Alcoa kicked off the earnings season with exactly what analysts wanted to see: revenue growth.

  • Following a strong day for new 52-week highs on Thursday, with a total of 71 S&P companies reaching this level, U.S. stocks are showing modest gains in early trading. Here is a look at today's new 52-week highs.

  • Stocks appear set to resume this week's rally, after a Wednesday pause that saw the major averages move barely at all. The fresh round of optimism is being sparked by the unexpected profit from Dow component Alcoa, which kicked off third quarter earnings season on an upbeat note.

  • Investors are eager for signs that the economic recovery is underway - and after hours it seems Alcoa delivered.

  • IBM Corp. says it has won a $200 million contract to handle some technology chores for a company called Datacom Solutions as it rolls out telecommunications services in India.

  • Stocks rebounded Monday as investors' waning enthusiasm got a jolt from a report that showed the services sector has begun to expand. Plus, there was some bargain hunting after the market's two-week decline.

  • Stocks rebounded Monday as investors' waning enthusiasm got a jolt from a report that showed the services sector has begun to expand. Plus, there was some bargain hunting after the market's two-week decline.

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    Plus, calls on the banks, tech, machinery stocks and more.

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    IBM is trying to stymie Google's expansion into the business software market. The weapon: a bare-bones e-mail service IBM is selling to companies for $36/year per worker, undercutting a package of software applications that Google sells for $50 per user annually.

  • All major U.S. Indexes declined 1.8% or more for the week, logging weekly losses for a 2-straight week. A pullback in Industrials, a worse than expected ISM Manufacturing September reading, and continued weakness in the U.S. jobs data also pushed the CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) up by 11.8% for the week.

  • Stocks opened lower Friday after a report showed job losses were far worse than expected in September. Is this the beginning of a market correction? David Spika, VP and investment strategist at WHG Funds and Michael Yoshikami, president and chief investment strategist at YCMNET Advisors and CNBC contributor shared their insights.

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    Cisco's play for Tandberg is a real sign of the times for cash rich tech companies. Here's a company trading at or near its 52-week high, and yet dips into its swollen coffers and pays for the $3 billion deal all in cash. And why not, with $35 billion in cash on the balance sheet, Cisco can certainly afford it.

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    Cisco has agreed to buy Norwegian videoconferencing company Tandberg for $3 billion in cash, its latest bet that video will drive demand for its data transmission gear. The acquisition fills the gap between Cisco's high-end video meeting service and its WebEx tool.