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Stocks climbed on Thursday with technology the star of the day largely due to optimistic comments from Nokia.
Google will report its first-quarter earnings after the bell today (Thursday). How should stock investors play it? Richard Fetyko, internet analyst at Merriman Curhan Ford, gave CNBC his recommendation.
The Dow advanced Wednesday, boosted by an encouraging "beige-book" report from the Federal Reserve, a better-than-expected manufacturing report from the New York Fed and as Procter & Gamble raised its dividend. Techs remained underwater as Intel's lack of guidance rattled the sector.
In the final hour of trading Wednesday the DJIA wowed the bulls by jumping 100 points closing above the psychologically important 8000 level.
Wall Street's belief that bank stress-testing would be a non-event for the stock market has changed, and investors may not like the results.
Around lunchtime Wednesday the Dow traded higher with JPMorgan among the strongest names in the blue chip index.
Stocks opened lower Wednesday as Intel's after-hours earnings report the day before dragged down tech stocks and a warning from Wal-Mart hit the broader indexes.
Art Cashin, floor manager for UBS Financial Services, offered CNBC his insights into what traders expect for Wednesday.
Second-day comments on the numbers from Goldman Sachs were significantly less enthusiastic, with fresh questions about the integrity of the stress tests, new worries about runs on banks that scored low on the stress tests. One pro added a new letter to the recession alphabet; others were more optimistic, but still wary about the financials, and suspicious that the market is overbought and ready for some profit-taking.
"Fits and starts," less bad"...all the phrases traders are using to describe the murky state we are in. In the past few weeks, traders have clearly focused on the "starts," on the positives.
Investors with so many reasons to take profits (busiest week for earnings reports ahead, the release of bank stress tests, poor economic data) are clearly biased toward owning stocks.
Intel: are PC sales really bottoming? After the close intel reported earnings that beat expectations, and while they gave cautious revenue guidance trading desks are focused on Otellini's comment that PC sales had bottomed out in the first quarter.
Stock futures indicated a mixed open Wednesday as Intel's after-hours earnings report the day before dragged down tech stocks.
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Will quarterly results from Intel, released after the bell, drag down the Dow at Wednesday's open?
Stocks ended near their session lows Tuesday after a report showed retail sales unexpectedly dropped in March and as worries about banks simmered ahead of some key earnings.
It's not often the CEO's comments can overshadow an entire earnings report, but that's what might be happening with Intel and the company's first quarter report.
Stocks recovered late yesterday in anticipation of Goldman's blowout numbers and now are off their lows today ahead of Intel's report after the bell.