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  • Dividend increases are back on the rise, as companies have more cash on the their balance sheets and seek to reward shareholders for taking their capital risk. So far this year, over 88 S&P companies have increased dividend payments.

  • Stocks pulled off a gain Thursday as comments from a European official offered some relief on the Greece front. Consumer-discretionary stocks were the day's best performer, along with materials and industrials.

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    What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Thursday, April 22.

  • For everyone who thinks Greece is not a factor in the market's weakness today, consider this: U.S. stocks rallied about 1pm ET as the EU's Olli Rehn, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, said Greece was a special case—and that Spain, Portugal and Italy would avoid a debt crisis. Why Greece again?

  • Stocks opened lower Thursday as investors shrugged off a drop in jobless claims, focusing instead on some weak corporate outlooks. Nokia and eBay tumbled.

  • The 2 year Greek bond is over 11 percent; seems like IMF bailout is inevitable. Stocks in Greece are down 3 percent; Portugal and Spain are down 3 percent. The U.S. dollar is stronger, commodities are lower. Qualcomm and eBay are both down nearly 10 percent. Then there's the IPOs...

  • U.S. stock index futures were lower ahead of the open Thursday as investors looked to the next batch of corporate earnings to give direction to the trading day.

  • Cramer unlocks the value in this under-the-radar stock.

  • The Nike ad featuring Tiger Woods, seen here, will premiere tonight.

    Nike has confirmed to CNBC that it will run a new ad tonight featuring Tiger Woods on two networks—on ESPN between 6 and 7:30 pm New York time and on the Golf Channel between 6 and 7 pm.

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    No matter the size of your company or the product or service it offers, this author offfers 7 pricing strategies will increase profits and generate growth.

  • Plus, get his top stocks for playing the Middle East markets.

  • An option trader is making a long-term bet that Coca-Cola will rally by early next year. OptionMonster's real-time tracking systems detected upside activity at the January 57.50 strike... There is no open interest at the strike, so this buying was done to open a new position.

  • But it’s the source of the money that matters to stocks, Cramer says.

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    Although it's tough to back-up this assumption with hard statistics, the beverage of choice in 2009 was likely good old fashioned tap water.

  • Soda

    Sales of carbonated soft drinks in the U.S. fell for the fifth year in a row last year, although the pace of decline has slowed from 2008, according to a report from industry trade magazine Beverage Digest.

  • Markets around the world are ahead of the economy, said Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, economic advisor at MasterCard Worldwide. He shared his market strategies.

  • The House gave final approval to a sweeping health care overhaul on Sunday, expanding insurance coverage to nearly all Americans. How will markets trade from here? Jamie Cox, managing partner at Harris Financial Group and Uri Landesman, head of global growth at ING Investment Management shared their market insights.

  • Lulu Chiang at Yankee Stadium.

    A truly special edition of the Closing Bell w/Maria Bartiromo this afternoon. We are LIVE from Yankee Stadium from 3-5PM ET. Pepsico is holding its two day analysts meeting there.

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    PepsiCo maintained its forecast for long-term earnings growth as it looks to increase overseas revenue.

  • Two companies, KLA-Tencor and Dr Pepper Snapple, are seeing their shares moving at levels not reached in years — apparently, for different reasons.  Analysts Patrick Ho of Stifel Nicolaus and David Silver of Wall Street Strategies offered their market intelligence.