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    Are we on the verge of a new era for Microsoft? The short answer is, "very likely," as long as investors aren't looking for explosive growth and will be happy with steady, predictable growth.

  • With the Dow breaking above 9000, should you position for the next leg higher or the end of the line?

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    The Dow jumped above 9,000 Thursday as investors shook off a rise in jobless claims and focused instead on encouraging earnings from Ford Motor and 3M. Additionally, existing-home sales rose for a third straight month, climbing 0.3 percent to a seasonally-adjusted rate of 4.89 million in June. Inventories fell 0.7 percent. Watch and listen to what the experts had to say...

  • Stocks rallied Thursday as investors shrugged off a rise in jobless claims and focused on encouraging earnings from Ford and 3M. A third straight rise in existing-home sales also buoyed the market.

  • Futures indicated a slightly higher open for Wall Street Thursday ahead of another vast amount of earnings reports.

  • With shares up 31% over the past 3 months, what should you expect from Microsoft when they report earnings Thursday after the close?

  • With the Nasdaq up for 11 straight days, investors are sifting through the latest earnings reports from eBay and Qualcomm trying to determine if it can make it 12.

  • Microsoft says it is now sending computer makers the final programming code for Windows 7, its new operating system.

  • Plus, get calls on the investment banks, homebuilders, tobacco and more.

  • After today's disappointing results from Morgan Stanley and other banks, should you prepare for a pullback.

  • Yahoo

    Carol Bartz is worth every penny. In a very short period of time, she has re-engineered a sagging shell of its former self into something compelling for Yahoo investors again. And as the company prepares to release its earnings tonight after the bell, I'm not ready to proclaim "game-over," but I am willing to bet "Yahoo's finally in the game again."

  • In the short term, probably nothing could give Yahoo stock a bigger jolt than if CEO Carol Bartz forged a partnership with Microsoft. Is a deal secretly in the works?

  • That cool wind blowing through hell? That'd be Toshiba's confirmation over the weekend that it would be building Blu-ray, next-generation DVD players before the end of the year. Tantamount to an Apple spokesman announcing that the Windows platform has somehow become "compelling."

  • One of the few shining stars in the recession has been tech ETFs. The Nasdaq 100 index is up 26 percent year-to-date, and was the first major index to turn positive this year. But we’re now in the thick of the real test for technology: earnings season...

  • This is nothing but a relief rally in a secular bear market and we’ll be in a secular bear market for another 10 to 15 years, said David Hefty, principal of Cornerstone Wealth Management.

  • Stocks opened higher Monday as investors were cheered by news of a deal that will avoid bankruptcy for commercial lender CIT Group and a better-than-expected start the earnings season.

  • Though the S&P 500 and Dow ended Friday little changed, the move for the week was anything but small with both indexes holding onto enormous rallies.

  • On a week where earnings dominated headlines with a strong performance by tech, the US markets rallied for the week, led by the Nasdaq Composite, up 7.44%.  The NASDAQ pulled out 8-straight days of gains, for a gain of 8.04% in the past eight trading sessions.

  • A copy of the hot selling video game, Grand Theft Auto-San Andreas, is shown with other video games at the home of Coleman Garrett in Palo Alto, Calif., Wednesday, July 20, 2005. The video game industry bowed to pressure from politicians Wednesday and changed the rating for the sex-infused game Grand Theft Auto-San Andreas. The company says it's working on a version of the game with enhanced security to prevent modifications that allow access to sexual content. Rockstar Games says it's stopped m

    Video game sales in June posted the biggest year-over-year decline in nine years, rounding out a very weak first half for the industry.

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    How are the Fast Money traders gaming this market into the close? Following are the “Fast & Furious” trades - hot ways to play today's market moving events.