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    This flood of reports will make Thursday's after-market close deadline -- when the government is supposed to release formally the stress test results -- rather anti-climatic.

  • The financials were up on Wednesday after Washington seemed to take the market's worst-case scenario off the table.

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    The bank stress tests may not only be misguided policy, critics say, but may actually conflict with two other key government initiatives to stabilize the financial system.

  • Stocks opened higher following two reports that showed the pace of layoffs is beginning to slow but soon turned mixed as investors pulled the reins on the rally.

  • Word that Bank of America may need to raise an additional $34 billion couldn’t drag down banks stocks. Even on terrible news they're still climbing!

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    The Fed does not mind if private equity firms have a minority interest in banks — the Obama administration even wants them to invest. But the Fed will not let them take control, a stance the firms are lobbying regulators mightily to change, especially given that stress test results to be released Thursday are expected to show a glaring need for capital in the banking system.

  • There will be a “surprising rebound” in the U.S. economy in the second half of 2009, Larry Kantor, head of research at Barclays Capital, told CNBC.

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    While Wall Street obsesses over stress tests, Congress is moving on to the next hot-bottom issue—new authority over big financial firms.

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    Both the Dow and S&P 500 dipped on Tuesday as cautious investors cashed out ahead of bank stress test results.

  • Stocks slipped Tuesday as investors parsed remarks from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and as the pending results for the government's bank stress test left the market a bit jittery.

  • Was Monday's rally a rebound — or merely shorts covering themselves? Art Cashin, UBS Financial Services director of floor operations, offered CNBC his stock market insights.

  • Bold comments from Chairman Bernanke suggest a recovery is at hand. What will it look like and how should you trade?

  • Stocks slipped Tuesday as investors parsed remarks from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and as the pending results for the government's bank stress test left the market a bit jittery.

  • April was such a great month, with major averages up strongly and a bunch of economic statistics that show the downturn in the economy is easing.....I have been of the mind for some time that we are in a bottoming process.

  • If Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke continues to see those "green shoots" in the economy, stocks could push higher again Tuesday.

  • Cramer refutes the negativity that is affecting this market.

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    The bears just won’t quit. On Monday stocks rallied again sending the S&P 500 above the psychologically important 900 level and into positive territory for the year.

  • Futures indicated a positive open for U.S. stocks on Monday helped by strong gains in Asia and anticipation that this week's bank stress test results will be relatively benign.

  • There are a lot of elements in place that suggest that the market rally is for real, said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer of Harris Private Bank. But play carefully.

  • With the S&P 500 less than 1 percent away from turning positive for the year, how should you be trading?