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As the U.S. moves closer to the so-called "Fiscal Cliff", big ticket government spending areas like defense programs are likely to be at the center of the debate.
The defense contractors will likely be the most affected sector if the U.S. government shuts down, according to Paul Hickey, co-founder of Bespoke Investment Group.
Stocks snapped a two-week losing streak to post gains after several days of quiet trading in which stocks steadily rose higher despite despite unrest in the Middle East and Libya, debt troubles in Europe, a continuing nuclear disaster in Japan and mixed economic news in the U.S. IBM and Chevron gained, while HP fell.
Stocks pared gains in the final hour of trading another session of quiet trading despite unrest in the Middle East and Libya, debt troubles in Europe, and mixed economic news in the U.S. Chevron and IBM gained, while HP fell.
See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Friday's Squawk on the Street.
Goldman Sachs named the following six industrial stocks to its 2011 Conviction Buy List, with one as a short recommendation. Below, they are ordered by predicted return, from plenty to most. ...A report from TheStreet.
"All the trading on Egypt happened last week," says Ben Willis of Sunrise Securities.
What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Thursday, Jan. 27.
Topping the list of budget cuts announced by Defense Secretary Robert Gates is a more than $10 billion Marine Corps amphibious project known as the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, manufactured by General Dynamics.
Stocks ended mixed as the Dow's rally skidded to a halt as retailers reported weaker-than-expected December sales. Verizon and Travelers slid, while Microsoft gained.
Stocks traded mixed Thursday as technology stocks rose and retailers skidded following weaker-than-expected December sales. Verizon skidded, while Microsoft gained.
See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Thursday's Squawk on the Street.
Look to invest in the highest-quality and high-yielding stocks, recommended Channing Smith, vice president and co-manager at Capital Advisors, and Oliver Pursche, president of Gary Goldberg Financial Services.
The Roberts court ruled for business interests 61 percent of the time, compared with 46 percent in the last five years of the court led by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. The New York Times reports.
Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.
Stocks advanced after a handful of upbeat economic reports Thursday. John Buckingham, chief portfolio manager at Al Frank Asset Management and Bill Smead, CEO and CIO of Smead Capital Management shared their best plays.
Plus, a trade off the Caterpillar-Bucyrus deal.
Intel announced on Friday a 15 percent dividend hike. Here is a look at other companies in the S&P 500 that have boosted their dividend payments.
Across Washington, lobbyists have been working behind the scenes now for months to prepare for the possible power shift after the November election. The NYT reports.
Stocks sold off in the final hour of trading but ended higher at the highest levels since late April, as the dollar slid. Worries about the foreclosure crisis continued to temper overall market gains. DuPont and Kraft rose, while BofA and JPMorgan fell.