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    More than 150 companies with market caps above $500 million that claim they have free cash flow—really don't!

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    For some handsomely paid seasonal employees, now truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Those Christmas carolers in the mall might really be professional singers earning up to $100 an hour.  That woman hustling past them laden with shopping bags could even be a personal gift shopper taking home $200 an hour.

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    Several transportation experts say that full screening of all air cargo would cause the system of express air delivery to grind to a halt, reports The New York Times

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Monday's Squawk on the Street.

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    Security fears triggered by the air freight bomb plot could increase the costs of global trade and fuel debate over the technology needed to screen packages and who should pay for it, transport officials said on Sunday.

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    The mail bomb plot stretching from Yemen to Chicago may have been aimed at blowing up planes in flight and was only narrowly averted, officials said Sunday, acknowledging that one device almost slipped through Britain and another seized in Dubai was unwittingly flown on two passenger jets.

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    A Qatar Airways spokesman says a parcel carrying the mail bomb found in Dubai traveled on two separate passenger planes.

  • Stocks closed modestly higher after a see-saw session as the dollar rose, and investors absorbed the meaning of a large batch of earnings reports and economic news. Home Depot and United Technologies rose, while Bank of America and Alcoa fell.

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    What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Thursday, Oct. 21.

  • Stocks rose out of negative territory after rallying earlier in the sessions as the dollar rose, and investors absorbed the meaning of a large batch of earnings reports and economic news. Home Depot and United Technologies rose, while Bank of America and Caterpillar fell.

  • Stocks are advancing modestly as earnings are handily beating expectations, but some stocks that have had fabulous price runups-recently are down.

  • Stocks pared gains, although remained higher, after several positive earnings reports gave investors a reason to believe the U.S. economy is improving, even as they digested a mixed batch of economic reports. Home Depot and McDonald's rose, while Bank of America fell.

  • Stocks have been on the rise, but value can still be found in U.S. companies that are tapping the growth in emerging markets, Sean Kraus, senior vice president and chief investment officer of CitizensTrust, told CNBC Thursday.

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    Headlines on jobless claims and the Philadelphia Fed survey compete with a rush of earnings news Thursday.

  • Stocks closed sharply higher Wednesday, nearly wiping out losses from the previous session,  after the Federal Reserve reported it has seen "modest signs of growth" in the economy and as investors focused on strong earnings reports and a slide in the dollar. Boeing and DuPont rose, BofA fell.

  • Stocks lost a little ground in the final minutes of trading, but were still significantly higher,  after the Federal Reserve reported it has seen "modest signs of growth" in the economy and as investors focused on strong earnings reports and a slide in the dollar. Boeing and Intel rose.

  • It's back to basics for stocks in the coming week, as a tidal wave of earnings overwhelms economic reports and shifts investor focus temporarily to the health of corporate balance sheets.

  • The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.

  • Trucks on roadway.

    According to several trade groups in the trucking industry, there could be a shortage of drivers next year, and the estimates range from 200,000 to as many as 500,000.

  • CEO Jeff Lunsford tells Cramer all about it.