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  • Stocks closed modestly higher after a see-saw session as the dollar rose, and investors absorbed the meaning of a large batch of earnings reports and economic news. Home Depot and United Technologies rose, while Bank of America and Alcoa fell.

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    What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Thursday, Oct. 21.

  • Stocks rose out of negative territory after rallying earlier in the sessions as the dollar rose, and investors absorbed the meaning of a large batch of earnings reports and economic news. Home Depot and United Technologies rose, while Bank of America and Caterpillar fell.

  • Stocks pared gains, although remained higher, after several positive earnings reports gave investors a reason to believe the U.S. economy is improving, even as they digested a mixed batch of economic reports. Home Depot and McDonald's rose, while Bank of America fell.

  • The  United Airlines-Continental merger is good for the industry and also for Southwest, its CEO and chairman Gary Kelly, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Stock index futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street with another set of earnings in the spotlight and as investors digested data showing China's growth cooled in the third quarter even as inflation edged higher.

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    Headlines on jobless claims and the Philadelphia Fed survey compete with a rush of earnings news Thursday.

  • Alaska Air CEO William Ayer is being investigated by the SEC for insider trading, according to reports.

  • The bulls were giddy on Tuesday amid growing expectations that central banks around the world were ready to do even more to boost the struggling recovery.

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

  • Think you’ve got a hot tip on a buyout rumor? Think again. None of the rampant deal speculation in the market this month has come true.

  • Investors were chattering about the sharp move higher in stocks this September and what to make of weakness on Monday. Should you position for further gains?

  • Stocks lost ground in the last half hour of trading and closed near the lows of the session Monday amid light volume and a flurry of merger and acquisition activity.  AT&T and American Express rose, Bank of America fell.

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

  • Stocks added to modest losses ahead of the close Monday amid light volume and a flurry of merger and acquisition activity.  AT&T and American Express rose, Bank of America fell.

  • Plus, get calls on the Southwest-AirTran deal, retail and more.

  • Both the Dow and S&P traded lower Monday despite a flurry of M&A valued at $10.5 billion. What gives?

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    The acquisition of AirTran by Southwest Airlines, two discount carriers, means that Southwest expects robust demand for flights, its CEO told CNBC Monday.

  • The Federal Reserve is on the investor’s side and therefore, stocks will ultimately see a boost, said Rod Smyth, chief investment strategist at Riverfront Investment Group.

  • Stocks were slightly lower Monday amid a flurry of merger and acquisition activity and in the absence of significant economic news.  Alcoa fell, HP gained.