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    The Dow advanced Wednesday as factory and home sales data raised hopes the economic downturn is moderating, at least somewhat.

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    The S&P 500 closed higher Tuesday, with stocks recording their best month since 2002.

  • It seems the recent rally in tech has some pretty impressive coat tails. Even Microsoft is higher!

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    U.S. stocks surged around 7 percent on Monday after the Obama administration detailed a plan to purge toxic assets from bank balance sheets...

  • Cramer sees a host of good trends that should take this market higher.

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    One company that we highlighted on Friday was NetApp, which was formerly known as Network Appliance. The company primarily offers data storage services to businesses and, according to our Stacey Gilbert of Susquehanna, is a perennial takeover candidate.

  • Following are the week’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Home Depot and Darden Restaurants popped while Capital One and Morgan Stanley dropped.

  • Bulls, bears, and the biggest surprise from the Fed in recent memory.  The week encompassed them all.  With memories still fresh about big companies cutting their dividends, a tech giant started one.  It was all fodder for the fund managers and analysts, who had plenty of suggestions about where to put money in the stock market.

  • Stocks ended a strong two-week run with a thud Friday as financial stocks took a beating and weakness seeped into other sectors.

  • In a week dominated by outrage over Wall Street bonuses, TALF funding, and the Fed buying government debt, the markets managed to maintain a positive weekly gain for the second consecutive week, running with all indexes up about 1% or greater. 

  • Does IBM's reported deal to buy Sun Microsystems for $8 billion signal the start of consolidation in the Tech space?

  • The strength of these three sectors is benefiting companies across the board.

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

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    The Dow fell on Thursday largely due to concerns that the Federal Reserve's latest efforts to battle the recession are too costly and untested...

  • Stocks slid in the final hour of trading Thursday as investors were initially encouraged by efforts by Citigroup to boost capital but started cashing in some profits, particularly in sectors that have seen big runups like financials.

  • Stocks skidded Thursday as investors were encouraged by efforts by Citigroup to boost capital but started cashing in some profits, particularly in sectors that have seen big runups like financials.

  • Software analyst John DiFucci notes a startling development at Oracle.  "What we've seen all across the S&P is, people cutting their dividends, cutting them significantly; Oracle's instituting a new dividend," he told CNBC. "What that says is, Oracle's management team is confident in its free cash flow."

  • Stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower opening Thursday, a characteristic pattern following the previous session's rally.

  • Oracle's headquarters in Redwood City, California.

    Oracle reported a profit and sales that surpassed Wall Street's expectations, and shares of the business software company popped more than 7 percent after hours. Oracle also declared its first-ever dividend.

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    Stocks leapt higher on Wednesday after the Fed surprised Wall Street and said it will buy long-term Treasury bonds for the first time in four decades...