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Stocks staged a late rally Tuesday as energy stocks made a comeback. But tech stocks fell after several downgrades.
Stocks ended the week in correction territory after a sharp selloff Friday as a disappointing jobs report and another possible debt crisis in Hungary intensified fears about the stability of the recovery.
Trading has been bullish in WellPoint Health Networks and Health Net since early Friday morning, as the rumor mill goes into overdrive. Both health insurers are up in an ugly tape, though the option activity is much greater in WellPoint.
Stock-index futures pointed to a somewhat positive open on Wednesday, with global stocks rallying on Tuesday late-session rally on Wall Street.
About one-third of employers subject to major requirements of the new health care law may face tax penalties because they offer health insurance that could be considered unaffordable to some employees, the New York Times reports.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway sold a lot of stock during the first three months of the year, including a reduction of over 31 million shares for its stake in Kraft Foods spacer. That sale follows his outspoken criticism of Kraft and its management for acquiring Cadbury's. Berkshire has also been raising money to pay for its now-completed $26 billion acquisition of the freight railroad Berkshire Hathaway Santa Fe.
Stocks rallied Thursday, led by the financials, after fears of contagion from the European debt crisis eased and U.S. jobless claims fell.
On the heels of the Federal Reserve's decision to maintain low interest rates for an "extended period," two experts, Ken Heebner and Bob Doll, shared thoughts on the economy and their individual stock picks.
The Dow erased nearly all of its gains Monday, dragged down by the financial sector amid worries about financial reform. Caterpillar led the Dow's gainers, up more than 4 percent.
The Dow remained higher in mid-afternoon Monday amid a flurry of new M&A activity and an earnings beat from Caterpillar. But there was some weakness in the energy, banking and health-care sectors, which dragged on the S&P and Nasdaq.
Stocks ended higher Tuesday, led by energy and financials. But IBM and Goldman Sachs declined.
What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Tuesday, April 20.
The traders spent Tuesday sifting through a slew of highly anticipated earnings reports from Goldman, Coke, IBM and more. How should you put money to work, now?
We opened positive on generally good corporate earnings, positive economic data in Europe and opening above the psychologically important 1200 level for the S&P 500. Even thought the Dow is relatively flat, there are THREE stocks advancing for every ONE declining...
The Dow erased its early gains Tuesday as IBM and Goldman Sachs fell despite solid earnings reports from both companies.
European stocks are up. And US earnings season is in full swing.
U.S. stock index futures gained ground after Goldman Sachs reported quarterly earnings that easily beat estimates even as the company comes under intensified fire for its trading practices.
Banks mostly flat, with modest weakness in the larger regional banks. It's a good sign: the Bank Index (BKX) rallied almost 25 percent from the February low to the high last Thursday, and declined only 3 percent on Friday. There are three clear risks...
Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.
If investors want to return value to shareholders, Cramer says, they should increase their dividends.