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  • U.S. stock index futures rebounded Thursday amid growing hopes for stimulus from the Federal Reserve on the heels of several weak economic reports, but ongoing uncertainties in the euro zone kept a lid on gains.

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    Take a look at some of Thursday’s morning movers:

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    Investors are seeking the safest investments and want to protect their portfolios from European exposure and unpredictability. These companies generate revenue entirely in the United States, and many of them pay a dividend that is substantially greater than the 10-year note.

  • Spain

    Whether or not policymakers assist Spain’s struggling economy will make a big difference on how stocks perform next week.

  • Apple

    Nothing short of $40 billion dollars is on the line when Apple reports earnings tonight. That’s how much options prices are implying Apple stock will move following the release of its results.

  • The unemployed look for job opportunities at the South Florida Workforce center in Miami, Florida.

    This was an unusual day for this year: stocks started selling off right at the open and never recovered. Is that unusual? Yes, for this year. The usual pattern has been to bottom within an hour after the open, or at most by the European close, then rally. That didn't happen today.

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    Consumer-staples retailers are undergoing abrupt changes to their industry. The latest example is the battle over Americans' grocery purchases being waged by traditional supermarkets, dollar-discount stores, big-box department stores and wholesale clubs.

  • BERLIN - JULY 31: Cuts of beef and pork lie in a display counter at a supermarket July 30, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. According to media reports July 31, 2007 Gerd Sonnleitner, head of the German Farmers' Association, has called for a nationwide rise in prices of meat, especially beef and pork, and is predicting an overall rise in the price of groceries in Germany. Milk and dairy products prices in Germany have already risen in recent days by as much as 50 percent. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Imag

    “Pink slime” — officially called “lean finely textured beef” — is getting a bum rap, Gov. Sam Brownback said Friday. And he wants consumers and purveyors to know that it’s a “safe, wholesome product.”

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    Two supermarket chains said Thursday they will join the growing list of stores that will no longer sell beef that includes an additive with the unappetizing moniker "pink slime."

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    Take a look at some of Thursday morning's early movers:

  • Why the "Mad Money" host is monitoring these companies in particular on Thursday.

  • The “Mad Money” host is watching earnings reports from Priceline.com, Foot Locker, Domino’s Pizza and others.

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    Take a look at some of Friday morning's early movers:

  • Private antitrust litigation pitting some five million retailers against several large banks has slipped under the radar of many analysts and investors who follow those companies, but the case may deliver a multibillion-dollar shock to bank bulls in the coming months, TheStreet.com reports.

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    With excess cash on hand from years of cautious spending and slower store growth, retailers in 2012 will focus on returning capital to investors via share buybacks and dividends, according to a Credit Suisse report out today.

  • The bulls are shopping for a rally in Kroger.

  • While others are fearful ahead of the EU summit, the Fast Money pros suggest being greedy. Here’s what’s on their shopping list.

  • Stocks finished narrowly mixed in a quiet session Thursday as investors took a breather following a sharp rally in the previous session and ahead of the crucial government non-farm payroll figure due Friday morning.

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    Car sales, chain store sales and manufacturing data — all things that make the economy run — could lift stocks in Thursday's session, following on the Dow's biggest one-day rally since the bull market began.

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    A strike deadline came and went Sunday night for Southern California grocery workers, but no one was walking off the job just yet as negotiations with supermarket chains continued and looked like they could last into the night.