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  • U.S. stock index futures rose Wednesday, after stocks fell for four-consecutive sessions, as investors looked ahead to the minutes of the latest Fed meeting to find out how close the central bank was to delivering a third round of quantitative easing in addition to extending Operation Twist through to the end of 2012.

  • Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

    As investors become increasingly uneasy about the second-quarter earnings period, expectations for more action from the Fed are on the rise. But with record low rates and the weak global economy, analysts are anticipating a disappointing season all around.

  • An F-16C Fighting Falcon flies by during a U.S. Air Force firepower demonstration at the Nevada Test and Training Range September 14, 2007 near Indian Springs, Nevada.

    Hotels are expanding their loyalty programs and making it easier to use points not only for rooms, but also on a wide array of experiences, merchandise and entertainment. Fighter jet ride, anyone?

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    As costs to offer free Wi-Fi increase and demand for bandwidth surges, more hotels are considering adding charges to satisfy guest expectations.

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    Take a look at some of Friday's midday movers:

  • Stocks closed lower Thursday with all three major averages logging their worst May since 2010, driven by mounting concerns over the euro zone debt crisis in addition to worries over a slowing U.S. economy.

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    Take a look at some of Thursday's midday movers:

  • Hotel room keycard on table

    If you like the comfort of booking your stay on a hotel-owned website and dealing directly with the property, consider a new option, RoomKey.com, which is designed to compete with online travel agencies.

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    Hotels have found a new business opportunity in today's mobile, technology-driven world: selling small, tech-equipped meeting rooms for private business gatherings.

  • People stand in front of a Walmart store before the doors open at 5am on 'Black Friday' in Miami, Florida.

    Concerned about Wal-Mart’s reported cover-up of bribery in its Mexico operations, leaders of New York City’s pension funds said Monday they would vote their 4.7 million company shares against five directors standing for re-election to the retailer’s board at its annual shareholder meeting next month, the New York Times reports.

  • American Airlines

    The annual "Freddie" awards honored the world's top airline and hotel loyalty programs on Thursday evening. More than 1 million travelers voted for their favorite programs in what's considered the industry's most coveted award.

  • Wyndham Hotel, San Diego

    Wyndham Worldwide first-quarter net income tumbled 56 percent as the hotel company incurred huge charges to extinguish debt early, but topped Wall Street expectations easily when those one-time costs are removed.

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    Track companies making headlines after-the-bell Wednesday:

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    China’s slowing economy isn’t deterring CEOs of the world’s biggest international hotel chains, who describe the Chinese market as the “most important in the world” and are keeping their aggressive expansion plans for the country in tact.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

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    Check out some of the companies making headlines after-the-bell Friday:

  • Don Draper Madmen

    In today’s environment, whether you’re trying to convince someone to hand over their hard-earned money, adopt your ideas, or follow your advice, Don Draper’s arm-twisting approach simply won’t fly.

  • Priceline

    Online travel sales are rising rapidly, with their growing pace being two or three times that of hotels, according to a Lazard Capital Markets analyst.

  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Orlando, FL

    Just how strong is the U.S. economy right now? Good question.  Tough answer. We picked four specific segments of the consumer economy and are taking a look inside the stocks to find some answers. Hotels. Restaurants. Theme parks. Appliances.

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