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  • Initial and continuing jobless claims both came in a bit lighter than expected. China's hot economic growth — Q4 GDP grew 9.8 percent, higher than expected — has put pressure on global markets, already concerned about inflation and higher rates.

  • We updated this post with even more plays from the Fast Money traders!

  • A top banking analyst and the "Fast" traders discuss which of the 10 banks reporting next week are worth buying now.

  • Stocks bounced off the lows of the session but ended lower as disappointing economic news halted the market's rally and as Merck dragged down the Dow amid problems with a key blood-clotting drug. Merck and Alcoa slumped, as Home Depot rose.

  • Stocks slumped more in the final hour of trading as disappointing economic news halted the market's rally and a disappointing drug trial for Merck dragged down the Dow. Merck and Alcoa fell, while Home Depot rose.

  • Where’s the fast money finding opportunity? In this regular feature Anthony Scaramucci aka The Hedge reveals his latest greatest pick!

  • Investors should place their bets in equities as the stock market is likely to see another double-digit total return in 2011, said Robert Doll, chief equity strategist at BlackRock.

  • Stocks continued to advance Wednesday following good news on the private sector jobs front and a better-than-expected manufacturing data from China. How should investors be positioned going forward? Timothy Harder, CIO of Peak Capital and Ted Parrish, co-portfolio manager at Henssler Equity Fund shared their insights.

  • Stocks declined, but ended significantly off session lows, as financials gained and the dollar slipped, although investors remained concerned about the effectiveness of Europe's attempt to contain sovereign debt troubles.  HP and Home Depot fell, while AmEx and BofA rose.

  • Stocks came back from session lows as financials gained, although the market remained lower amid continuing fears about Europe's ability to harness a credit crisis despite a weekend bailout agreement for Ireland. HP and Home Depot fell, while AmEx and BofA rose.

  • Stocks sank Monday as a strong start to the December holiday shopping season failed to counter investor concerns about the wider implications of debt burdens throughout Europe even as a final agreement was reached on Ireland's bailout fund. HP and Boeing slumped, while Bank of America rose.

  • Due those reports of a 'sweeping insider trading probe' have the potential to rock Wall Street? Should you assume bank stocks are seriously challenged now?

  • Stocks were mixed Monday as news of a financial bailout for Ireland failed to calm investors worried about debt troubles spreading to other euro zone countries. Robert Doll, chief equity strategist at BlackRock, shared his best plays.

  • Stocks pared losses in the last few minutes of the session to end higher capping a stellar week for the markets marked by Republican gains in Congress, the Fed's decision to pump more money into the economy, and a surprising strong jobs report.  Alcoa and JPMorgan rose.

  • Stocks pared losses but remained mixed in the last minutes of Friday's session as stronger-than-expected U.S. job gains in October failed to continue a rally that led stocks to two-year highs on Thursday. Kraft and Merck fell, Alcoa rose.

  • Stocks were mixed and the dollar rose a day after the markets surged to two-year highs, as investors absorbed the meaning of a surprising surge in payrolls in the wake of the Federal Reserve plans to pump more money into the economy. Kraft fell, BofA surged.

  • U.S. Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner

    Voters swept Democrats from power in the House and strengthened the ranks of Senate Republicans on Tuesday in an election rout that dealt a sharp rebuke to President Obama.

  • Plus, get calls on GM’s IPO, the health-care stocks and more.

  • While some think gridlock could be good for the markets, one analyst said Republican control could hurt some stocks.

  • Stocks rose Thursday after a handful of positive earnings and a surprise drop in jobless claims. Where should investors look to make money? Ted Parrish, co-portfolio manager at Henssler Equity Fund and John Merrill, founder and COO at Tanglewood Wealth Management shared their insights.