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  • Specialist Gregory Zenna, right, directs trading in shares of Verizon on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday Feb. 14, 2005.  Stocks were narrowly mixed Monday in quiet trading as Wall Street greeted Verizon Communications' $6.7 billion takeover of MCI Corp. with indifference. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Stocks are casting a wary eye on oil and, lacking any dramatic events, earnings news could steer the market.

  • Stocks finished the day mixed, as disappointing earnings from Microsoft and Google dragged down techs, but gained 3.6 percent for the week, helped by a rally in bank stocks and a sharp drop in oil prices.  Oil ended the week down 11 percent at $128.88 a barrel.

  • After Microsoft and Google earnings knocked the Nasdaq can Apple profits prop up tech?

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    The Dow closed with fresh gains Friday due to a smaller-than-expected loss from Citigroup and the biggest weekly dollar drop ever in oil prices. What's the "Word on the Street?"

  • Stocks turned mixed Friday as banks rebounded and Google and Microsoft slammed techs.

  • Stocks turned mixed Friday as banks rebounded and Google and Microsoft slammed techs.

  • Stocks turned lower Friday as an early bank rally fizzled and Google and Microsoft slammed techs.

  • Is there any doubt that big-cap financials are the key to this market? What's worked for two months? Sell the rally in financials. This is crunch time for the two-day rally...and not surprisingly, they are pushing the old trade hard today.

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    Yahoo is unlikely to get into a bidding war over AOL with Microsoft because if Microsoft gets in the way, Yahoo could instead renew talks over News Corp's Web properties, a person with knowledge of the plans said Thursday.

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    Citigroup, the largest U.S. bank, posted a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss Friday despite $11.7 billion of write-downs and credit losses tied to deteriorating capital markets and the slumping economy.

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    Earnings reports from Google and Microsoft are casting doubts on the assumption that these tech giants are immune to the recent economic downturn.

  • This is crunch time for this little mini-rally--since the earnings news is mixed, it will be critical for the market to move sideways or up today, and avoid retracing any of the last two days gains. Options expiration today.

  • European shares are expected to be mixed at the start of trade on Friday as investors weigh up gains on Wall Street, helped by lower oil prices, against disappointing after-the-bell results from Merrill Lynch , Google  and Microsoft.

  • Citigroup's better-than-expected earnings report turned the tide ahead of the open.

  • Regulators continue to crack down, high-end homes go to auction and Microsoft misses its earnings forecast. Following are today's top videos:

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    The Dow and broader stock market jumped on Thursday as oil prices dropped sharply for a third day. What's the "Word on the Street?"

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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?