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  • Stocks eked out a gain Thursday, led by technology and consumer staples, after struggling all day as data on regional factory activity and jobless claims underscored worries about the pace of the economic recovery.

  • Stocks opened higher Thursday as a successful bond auction in Spain helped assuage debt fears but quickly erased their gains after a one-two punch of disappointing data: Jobless claims jumped last week and the Philly Fed gauge of manufacturing activity tumbled.

  • Stock index futures rose Thursday after a successful bond auction in Spain helped quell fears about European debt contagion.

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    Stocks will navigate choppy waters in the week ahead, but could sail a bit more smoothly—barring any nasty, new surprises from Europe.

  • On a week that saw Apple surpass Microsoft in market cap, the BP oil spill continue to impact the ecosystem and drillers, Spain lose its AAA rating, and the worst May performance for the Dow since 1940, and the S&P since 1962, the major indexes managed to end the week on a positive note, except for the Dow which closed down slightly.

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

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    Wal-Mart's aggressive price cuts on soft drinks are a good deal for consumers shopping for their Memorial Day barbecue, but it might not be so sweet for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group — not to mention Wal-Mart — in the long run.

  • Plus, get calls on health care, tech and more.

  • How should investors be trading amidst the slew of corporate news? Craig Peckham, equity trading strategist at Jefferies & Co. discussed his investment strategies.

  • Wal-Mart is lacing up the gloves in the fight to win the modern day price war in food retail in 2010, according to one industry analyst.

  • Here’s our Fast Money Final Trade. Our gang gives you Monday’s best trades, right now.

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    What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Tuesday, March 9.

  • Traders at the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks are nearly 70 percent higher than when they hit their trough this time last year, and the street is as divided as ever about whether the rally will endure.

  • Here are the reports to watch this week.

  • Markets rebounded on Thursday as jobless claims came in better than expected and some Dow components received analyst upgrades. How should investors position their portfolios? Ron Sloan, senior portfolio manager at Invesco AIM, shared his stock plays.

  • Tough end to the week. For the first time in months, the last two days has seen some notable call buying in the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) — in other words, traders are buying volatility. Also a notable uptick in the put/call ratio (the ratio of put buying to call option buying). Why?

  • Call volume surged in the supermarket stock, which rallied 5.44 percent yesterday despite a 1 percent decline for the broader market. The January 2011 25 calls and the February 22.50 calls were the two most active strikes, according to OptionMonster's proprietary tracking systems.

  • As we approach 2010, which stocks should you be considering into your portfolio? Eric Cinnamond, portfolio manager at Intrepid Capital Funds and Alan Lancz, president of Alan B. Lancz & Associates shared their best picks.

  • On Monday airline shares dragged down investor sentiment amid new concerns of terrorism. However airlines may not be the only drag on stocks this week.

  • Following are the week’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of US Steel and Sprint popped while Kroger and Eli Lilly dropped.