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  • Tech stocks were believed to be immune to the troubles vexing this market. But RIMM, Google and other Street-hearts sold-off this week. How should you trade it?

  • Bill Gates

    Today's the day. Well sort of. Bill Gates will retire from Microsoft, kind of. He's leaving the day-to-day responsibilities to others. But not really.

  • Stocks could continue to let off steam at the open Friday.

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    Who needs theme park thrill rides when you’ve got Wall Street. The Dow tumbled by 358 points after oil climbed to $140 for the first time ever. What's the "Word on the Street?"

  • The Dow closed at its lowest level in nearly two years after a downgrade on brokerage stocks and a slew of weak earnings and economic reports.  Several Dow components and several financial stocks hit multiyear lows, with the biggest shock coming from GM, which fell to its lowest in more than 50 years.

  • There is a change in sentiment as traders are trying to get their hands around the extent of the slowdown in global growth. New issues for the market: --global growth slowing.

  • The Dow dropped to its lowest level in nearly two years after a downgrade on brokerage stocks and a slew of weak earnings and economic reports.  Several Dow components and several financial stocks hit multiyear lows, with the biggest shock coming from GM, which fell to its lowest in more than 50 years.

  • And still we wait for a bottom, scanning the horizon like sailors lost at sea. We look for the classic signs, including a capitulation bottom, which is not evident. On the Street, bitter complaints we are Oversold and due for a bounce, but are we Oversold, or Underbought.

  • The Dow dropped to its lowest level in nearly two years after a downgrade on brokerage stocks and a slew of weak earnings and economic reports.  Several Dow components and several financial stocks hit multiyear lows, with the biggest shock coming from GM, which fell to its lowest in more than 50 years.

  • So let's see, we have problems: 1) it's another beat-up-the-brokers day, let's take the estimates down (see below); 2) With the Fed out of the way, it is now all about second half earnings and guidance. Several important companies have been notably downbeat on their outlooks today:

  • Stocks tumbled out of the gate Thursday after a downgrade on brokerage stocks and disappointing earnings from two tech giants.

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    Two of Wall Street's technology darlings that had been looked to as beacons to guide the sector out of hard times instead will be leading the market lower Thursday.

  • Now that the Fed's June meeting is out of the way, the focus on economic data will intensify as investors try to find a road map for the markets.

  • Oracle's headquarters in Redwood City, California.

    Easy come, easy go, I suppose, when it comes to Oracle.  The company barely had enough time to finish that first glass of champagne, celebrating a great fourth quarter when gloomy guidance cut the party short.

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    Oracle the world's third-largest software maker, reported a higher quarterly profit, beating Wall Street estimates, but it sees software license revenue growth weakening.

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    The Dow closed modestly higher on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve held its key interest rate steady. What's the "Word on the Street?"

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    You look at Oracle, you see a company at nearly a 7-year-high, and you wonder whether the company was over-bought, and whether investors were getting a little ahead of themselves. Nope.

  • The Dow ended with a modest gain after a pop from the Federal Reserve's rate decision fizzled.

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    How reliable are options as a way of predicting stock movement? Here’s what the options markets said about Oracle and Research In Motion ahead of earnings. Were they right?

  • Oracle's headquarters in Redwood City, California.

    This could be a big one. Oracle will give us an early read of how American business did in the second quarter. As the largest seller of business software, Oracle has a unique view of the economy.