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  • Farrell: Earnings Surprises (MER/MSFT vs. JPM/IBM) Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | 5:24 PM ET
    Vince Farrell

    Just when it looked safe to get back into the water, sharks were sighted. Merrill Lynch showed a bigger loss than expected (a much bigger loss), Microsoft was indeed soft and Google could have done better. On the other hand, JP Morgan surprised us as did United Technologies and IBM. So maybe you pay your money and you take your chances.

  • IBM "Feels Goods" - The Rest of the Techs Do Not Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | 5:15 PM ET

    As for techs, traders note that there has been less focus on that sector, because everyone is still in the process of unwinding the Long Energy/Short Financials trade. These numbers will reinforce the bear position that we are in a poor market for tech.

  • IBM Earnings Beat Street--Big Time Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | 5:12 PM ET

    Minutes after reporting this news, the company offered up a revision to its full year earnings per share and the bump up is significant. Remember, IBM did this at the conclusion of its first quarter, taking EPS estimates up from $8.25 to $8.50.

  • Microsoft Earnings: Why They Were A Bad Surprise Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | 5:00 PM ET

    The company missed the Street expectations by a penny, so in the big scheme of things not such a devastating issue. But the miss comes on far better than expected top line growth: $15.8 billion instead of the $15 billion analysts expected. What's the problem here?

  • Microsoft reported fourth-quarter earnings of 46 cents per share on revenue of $15.84 billion -- falling short of analyst estimates.

  • Yahoo Says Icahn's Agenda Presents Significant Risk Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | 1:14 PM ET
    Carl Icahn

    Yahoo said on Thursday billionaire Carl Icahn's agenda presents a "significant risk" to the value of Yahoo stock, and that it would only sell itself to Microsoft under the right terms.

  • Gaming Giants Go Soft -- Karaoke Anyone? Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | 12:23 PM ET

    Move over guns and grenades. Make room for karaoke microphones and Frisbees.  The gaming world is going soft. Having been the home of fairly violent games like the Xbox 360's "Halo 3" and PlayStation 3's "Resistance: Fall of Man," the video game industry is looking to to grab more of  the mass market consumer.

  • Microsoft will report its fourth fiscal earnings quarter after the bell today, and investors will be keenly watching guidance to make sure the company wasn't too aggressive in its forecasts the last time around.

  • Earnings Preview: Google Gets Ready to Impress Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | 11:00 AM ET

    Google shares might not reflect the level of optimism swirling around this company right now, but this could be a break-out earnings report from Google after the bell later today.

  • What Options are Saying about Microsoft Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | 7:34 AM ET

    It looks like traders think the stock will move "ever so slightly" to the upside, says analyst.

  • Market Insider: Thursday Look Ahead Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 7:23 PM ET

    Earnings from J.P. Morgan and some other big companies could sway the market's early direction, but traders are closely watching oil to see if it will make or break the upswing in stocks.

  • Your First Move For Thursday July 17th Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 6:55 PM ET

    Here's our Fast Money Final Trade. Our gang gives you tomorrow's best trades, right now!

  • Biggest Earnings Day Ever Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 6:18 PM ET

    Three Dow companies and thirteen members of the S&P 500 report quarterly results tomorrow making Thursday the biggest single day of the earnings season. Who will be the big winner?

  • AOL Talks with Microsoft, Yahoo Heat Up: Sources Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 6:18 AM ET

    Time Warner discussions to merge or sell its AOL internet division with Microsoft or Yahoo have taken on new urgency ahead of Yahoo's Aug 1 shareholders meeting, a source familiar with the discussions told Reuters on Tuesday.1st paragraph of story should go here

  • Dow Closes Below 11,000 as Banks Slide Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 4:28 PM ET

    Stocks closed lower following a zig-zag day marked by a plunge in oil and a barrage of statements and news from economic policy makers, and a resurgence for the beaten-down financial sector.

  • Intel On Earnings Deck: It's Laptops, Laptops, Laptops Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 11:49 AM ET
    Intel

    Dow component Intel reports earnings after the bell later today, and while I touched on expectations yesterday, I want to go a little deeper today, especially with a market like this one.

  • Yahoo and Fate of CEO Yang Topic No. 1 at Conference Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 9:54 AM ET
    Jerry Yang

    Yahoo - and Mr. Yang’s fate - were Topic A at the annual billionaires’ summer camp, as rival moguls gossiped about whether Yahoo would end up in the hands of Microsoft.

  • CNBC Top Videos of The Day: InBev, IndyMac & More Monday, 14 Jul 2008 | 6:12 PM ET

    InBev buys an American icon and IndyMac falls. Today's top videos recap the highlights.

  • Stocks Skid as Bailout Fails to Sway Investors Monday, 14 Jul 2008 | 5:35 PM ET

    Stocks finished lower, led by financials, as investors worried that the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might not be enough to prevent further turmoil in financial markets.

  • It's that time again: the Electronics Entertainment Expo here in Los Angeles, at the LA Convention Center. Still a far more subdued expo than its heyday years, but bigger than last year's airplane hangar event in nearby Santa Monica.