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  • 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.

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    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.

  • Stocks pared gains but remained higher Monday as the weak dollar boosted materials, but big banks slumped following the continued fallout of the foreclosure crisis, tempering overall market gains. DuPont and Alcoa rose, while Bank of America and JPMorgan fell.

  • Plus, get calls on the banks, chemicals and more.

  • Stocks gained as a slide in the dollar boosted materials stocks, but a drop in financial stocks due to the continued fallout of the foreclosure crisis tempered gains. Alcoa and DuPont rose, while Bank of America and JPMorgan fell.

  • What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Tuesday, Oct. 19.

  • Stocks plunged Tuesday on a report that a consortium that includes the New York Fed wants to force Bank of America to buy back $47 billion of mortgage bonds. BofA and Alcoa fell, while Coca-Cola rose.

  • Stocks continued to plunge Tuesday on a report that a consortium that includes the New York Fed wants to force Bank of America to buy back $47 billion of mortgage bonds. BofA and Alcoa fell, while Coca-Cola rose.

  • A number of companies reported stronger-than-expected earnings in the last quarter, but that’s not generating much enthusiasm from traders. Here's why.

  • Stocks traded lower Tuesday, led by a plunge in energy and technology stocks, as the dollar rose and traders shrugged off decent earnings results from several companies. IBM and Microsoft fell, while AmEx gained.

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    Big declines in Apple and IBM shares could sour stocks Tuesday, as traders watch for earnings from Bank of America and other big names, like Goldman Sachs, Coca-Cola and Johnson and Johnson.

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

  • Stocks closed higher for a fourth straight week Friday, extending a September rally with huge daily gains fueled by optimism over the future direction of the economy  Caterpillar and Alcoa rose, Oracle fell.

  • Stocks were on track to end significantly higher Friday and for the fourth straight week as traders began to gain more confidence in the future health of the economy.  Caterpillar and Alcoa rose, Oracle fell.

  • Stocks continued to surge Friday morning after a boost in durable goods orders and news that the rate of sales of new homes was unchanged from July.  Caterpillar and Alcoa rose.

  • Lockheed Martin's F-35

    The Arab states of the Gulf have embarked on one of the largest re-armament exercises in peacetime history, ordering US weapons worth some $123bn as they seek to counter Iran’s military power.

  • Here's what analysts and others say they're watching before the bell Wednesday.