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Which is why most investors had no clue about what was going on today. But Cramer knew.
Wall Street has set its sights beyond a relatively low-impact earnings season and is now looking for bigger and better things.
On a mostly negative week for the markets, where tech outperformed and the NASDAQ 100 was the only major index positive for the week, the Dow finishes in the red to close below the 10,000-mark on Friday.
With Microsoft's earnings report this morning, two thirds of the Dow 30 have now reported. Here is a summary of how things stand in terms of EPS and revenues.
Stocks opened lower on Wednesday as a slew of firms beating earnings estimates failed to generate much market momentum. Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, shared his insights.
Stocks could trade a bit choppy Wednesday, as investors react to a tidal wave of earnings news and watch fluctuations in the dollar and other risk assets.
Shares of Yahoo! jumped as much as 3% in post-market trade, after the Internet search firm reported a profit that zoomed past expectations.
Stocks retreated Tuesday after several earnings reports beat expectations but economic numbers missed their targets. The Dow shed more than 50 points, or 0.5 percent, but still held above 10,000. The S&P and Nasdaq each lost about 0.6 percent.
Currencies may play a role in the global economic recovery down the road, but in the short-term, the relationships among major currencies won't impede a rebound, said John Lipsky, first deputy managing editor of the International Monetary Fund.
Stocks retreated Tuesday after several earnings reports beat expectations but economic numbers missed their targets. Apple and Caterpillar surged after their earnings blew past forecasts.
The market's rally has been similar to the geyser after the waterfall, and while it isn't yet time to "be in the bunker," it's time to start playing a little more conservatively, said Barry James, co-manager of the five-star rated James Balanced Golden Rainbow Fund.
Topline beats take back seat to positive 2010 commentary. Six big names beat earnings estimates: Apple, Coke, Pfizer, United Technologies and Caterpillar all beat on the bottom line.
Futures were poised for a modestly higher open on the strength of more earnings surprises from some of Wall Street's leading companies.
In today's trading session, a total of 99 stocks in the S&P 500 reached new 52-week highs. Here is a look at those companies.
With Apple, Yahoo!, eBay and so many other tech earnings coming this week, what are the Fast Money traders watching?
One thing I've learned through the years is that there will always be growth opportunities and places to invest wisely for the long term. As the U.S. wrestles with the aftershocks of the financial crisis, many investors I talk to are scouring the earth for some of the best opportunities.
Plus, highlights of the most important earnings reports.
U.S. stocks managed to close the week in positive territory, up about 1% or greater. The Dow Jones industrial average settled above the 10,000-level twice this week, reaching its highest close in a year.
Following my post earlier this week on the highest yielding stocks in the Dow, here is a deeper look at the dividends of the S&P 500.
The markets are higher today, with the Dow reaching within 68 points of 10,000 in this morning's trading. The Dow, which closed on Friday at a new high for 2009 at 9864.94 is currently trading near October 2008 levels, as it also managed to reach a new intraday peak for 2009 today at 9931.82.