Stocks soared for a second day to finish near session highs Wednesday, with the Dow within less than 100 points of an all-time closing high, boosted by upbeat earnings and economic reports and as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke reaffirmed his support of the central bank's stimulus policy.
Take a look at some of Wednesday's midday movers:
There is a big potential upside in one group of stocks, which have been beaten down as of late Cramer said.
CNBC's Courtney Reagan takes a closer look at Target's Q4 numbers, and checks out TJX Companies' earnings.
U.S. stock index futures edged higher Wednesday following the durable goods orders report and ahead of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's second round of testimony, but ongoing worries over political deadlock in Italy kept a lid on gains.
Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell Wednesday:
Patrick McKeever, MKM Partners analyst, breaks down the big box retailer's fourth quarter numbers of $1.65 ex-items EPS vs. $1.48 estimates, on revenues of $22.73 billion.
The discount retail chain reported quarterly earnings and revenue that topped Wall Street's expectations for the holiday quarter, despite heavy discounting and consumer caution.
Volatility calmed down Tuesday but brace yourself: Pros say bigger gyrations could be the norm for the next few weeks as investors watch what's going on in Washington and Europe.
CNBC's Josh Lipton looks at three stocks investors should keep their eye on tomorrow. Today, it's Priceline.com, Apple ahead of tomorrow's shareholder meeting, and retail giant Target.
Retail earnings due out Wednesday will give the market a sense of what's going on among discount shoppers. Wall Street will get the fourth-quarter earnings reports from discounters Target, Dollar Tree and TJX as well as department store JCPenney.
Two banks owned by tycoons associated with Myanmar's former military regime will start to do business with U.S. companies and investors in the latest reward for the country's rapid political transformation.
Washington's budget debate could stir up new anxieties as markets head into March, even with expected reassurances about Fed policy from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke in the week ahead. Europe could also come back into play in the coming week, as currency traders are focused on the outcome of the Italian election.
Next week is the biggest one of the earnings season for the retailers. While each will have different nuances, and wrap up the key holiday quarter, Wall Street will be focused on the sales forecast for the current quarter.
Charge a fee to use your credit card? It's legal for merchants to do that, unless barred by state law. Ten states already ban such surcharges and more may join the list. The legislatures in 11 other states are currently considering bills that would prevent these so-called "check out" fees.
Stocks pared their losses in the final hour of trading Thursday to close off their lows, with the S&P 500 clawing back above the widely-watched 1,500 level.
Best Buy shares are up nearly 47 percent so far this year, making the stock the second best performer in the S&P 500 behind Netflix shares' 110-percent gain, but analyst upgrades Tuesday suggest the stock may have even more room to run.
Can the markets keep advancing? This was the big issue on my emails over the long weekend.
British fashion mogul Sir Philip Green plans to open 10 more Topshop stores in the U.S. within 2.5 years after launching its first Californian branch last week.
Stocks recovered from their lows Friday to close narrowly mixed, but the S&P 500 managed to pull off its seventh-straight week higher.