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  • U.S. stocks managed to close the week in positive territory, up about 1% or greater.  The Dow Jones industrial average settled above the 10,000-level twice this week, reaching its highest close in a year.

  • At this moment in time, it is the best earnings season ever on record. You heard that right.

  • Stocks pared some of their earlier losses but were still lower as disappointing results from Bank of America and General Electric eclipsed strong results from big techs.

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    The Dow finished above 10,000 for two straight days. But Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, explained why he still remains skeptical on the markets.

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    Last year, procrastinators were rewarded when they finally got around to booking flights for holiday travel. Back then, airlines were not prepared for the sharp falloff in travel and offered last-minute deals to fill up empty planes. This year? Dilly-dallying, even waiting just a few days, could carry a steep price.

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    The company's third quarter report Thursday was a blockbuster, and its guidance — yes, I know there wasn't any, but if you listen to CEO Eric Schmidt's comments, it certainly seems like he's talking about the future — was pretty stellar.

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  • The Dow pulled off a nearly 50-point  gain Thursday after a topsy-turvy session as the boost from oil's rally ultimately beat out disappointment in earnings from Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.

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    Google handily beat analysts' expectations for both profit and revenue on Thursday, sending its shares up in after-hours trading.

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    The company soundly beat on the top and bottom lines, with $2.40 a share on $23.6 billion. And most importantly, IBM did indeed raise its full year EPS guidance, from $9.70 to $9.85 a share.

  • U.S. stocks finished the trading session slightly higher on Thursday, as a lift in oil prices gave a boost to energy shares. Companies in the Energy and Consumer Discretionary sectors dominated the list. 

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    The amazing thing about Google ahead of its earnings tonight is the lack of humility.

  • While the demographic for video games and action movies is basically the same, the track record for films based on games has been a pretty dismal one. For every “Tomb Raider”-sized hit, there are a handful of flops like “BloodRayne.”

  • On Wednesday, the Dow broke above the 10,000 level for the first time in a year with bulls driving stocks higher on stronger-than-expected earnings.

  • The Dow crossed above 10,000 today for the first time in over a year.  The first time the Dow crossed the 5-digit market was back in March 1999.  See how the who's who in market cap leaders has changed since then.

  • Financials are leading stocks higher as the Dow marches toward the critical 10,000 milestone. So how high can we go this year? Dan Genter, president, CEO and CIO of RNC Genter Capital Management and Dan Fitzpatrick, president at Stockmarket Mentor, discussed their market outlooks.

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    Intel’s quarterly outlook and results shattered expectations on Tuesday afternoon, boosting its shares to a 52-week high and fueling optimism over a tech sector recovery before the crucial holiday season. Craig Berger, senior technology, media and telecom analyst with FBR Capital Markets shared his insights on the microprocessor giant.

  • Not all earnings are created equal. Find out which numbers matter most to the Fast Money traders!

  • With the Dow Jones Industrial Average crossing the 10,000 point mark for the first time since 2008, we wanted to take a peek back in time to compare what America was like the very first time the Dow crossed 10,000 mark (March 29th, 1999) to today.What were some of the most cutting-edge products, who was the highest paid athlete, and what were the hottest topics buzzing around the internet? For these and more comparisons, check out the following slideshow!

    The first time the Dow hit 10,000 it was 1999. What did the world look like then? What were the hottest gadgets? The hottest stars?See what the world looked like — then and now.

  • Following my post earlier this week on the highest yielding stocks in the Dow, here is a deeper look at the dividends of the S&P 500.