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  • S&P 500 futures lost about 4 points on the disappointing weekly initial jobless claims number. Sovereign debt issues, which popped up again yesterday, are back down in a big way today: Portugal down 3.2 percent, Spain down 2.6 percent, Greece down 1.7 percent. European banks are weak.

  • Futures fell sharply Thursday after a surprise jump in jobless claims, a disappointing signal on the employment front ahead of Friday's jobs report.

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    What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Thursday, Feb. 4.

  • The Visa train keeps on track. Visa up 3 percent after the close as they reported GAAP earnings of $1.02 vs. consensus of $0.91, revenues in line with expectations.

  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Manpower and Barnes & Noble popped while TD Ameritrade dropped.

  • Cramer looks beyond the bloodletting.

  • With the economy on the mend, the next few earnings seasons are set to give investors a good perspective on the trajectory of the overall economy, and individual company reports can do the same for specific segments of the market.  As earnings season comes to its midway point, Cramer has put together a list of 20 February 2010 earnings reports to watch; suggesting that if you pay close attention to these companies, you'll get a good handle on both the sector they represent and the overall health

    As earnings season comes to its midway point, Cramer put together a list of 20 February 2010 earnings reports. So, what are the most important earnings reports to watch?

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    American Express, the largest U.S. credit card company by purchases, is scheduled to report fourth-quarter results after the closing bell on Thursday, January 21. Here is a look at how AmEx shares traded during the most recent earnings reports.

  • Crisis in Haiti

    One week after the earthquake in Haiti, donations to the relief effort have surged past $210 million, according to the latest tally by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. That puts the pace of giving well ahead of the effort following the 2004 Asian Tsunami, but behind the $457 million raised in the week following Hurricane Katrina.

  • Find out what top analysts are saying about Mastercard, Merck and more. How should you be positioned, now?

  • Should you hold you nose and buy? Or is there much more to lose on the downside than there is to gain on the upside?

  • Wells Fargo downgraded Mastercard on Thursday citing valuations. Considering shares are up 66% over the past year, is the run, done?

  • Credit Card swipe

    Every day, millions of Americans stand at store checkout counters and make a seemingly random decision: after swiping their debit card, they choose whether to punch in a code, or to sign their name.  It is a pointless distinction to most consumers, since the price is the same either way. But behind the scenes, billions of dollars are at stake.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks struggled to hold gains Tuesday as the recent rally appeared to lose steam on day seven but investors continued to raise their bets on consumer-discretionary stocks. The VIX held below 20.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks struggled to hold gains Tuesday as the recent rally appeared to lose steam on day seven but investors continued to raise their bets on consumer-discretionary stocks. The VIX held below 20.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks eked out a gain Monday, their sixth straight win, after a report showed the holiday-shopping season wasn't as bad as predicted.  Airlines skidded after a botched terrorism attempt.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks advanced Monday, with retailers ringing up gains after a report showed the holiday-shopping season was better than expected. But airline stocks skidded amid worries about security after an incident during the height of holiday travel last week.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    U.S. stock index futures indicated a flat to higher open Monday with investors wary of taking bets that could erode gains heading into year-end.

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    “When a job comes open now, our members fill it with a temp, or they extend a part-timer’s hours...and then they wait to see what will happen next,”  one small-business group told the NY Times.

  • In today's trading session, a total of 59 stocks in the S&P 500 reached new 52-week highs. Here is a look at those companies.