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  • Stocks ended near their session lows Tuesday after a report showed retail sales unexpectedly dropped in March and as worries about banks simmered ahead of some key earnings.

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    Consumer weakness—as shown by Tuesday's retail sales numbers—serves as a reminder that the economy still poses a danger to the stock market.

  • So what do we know about bank earnings so far? We know that Wells Fargo said mortgage originations were strong, we know that Goldman saw big gains from fixed income.

  • Stocks recovered late yesterday in anticipation of Goldman's blowout numbers and now are off their lows today ahead of Intel's report after the bell.

  • Stocks opened lower Tuesday after a report showed retail sales unexpectedly dropped — and dropped sharply — in March. But Citigroup, Bank of America and General Motors advanced.

  • Banks soared in global markets Tuesday after Goldman Sachs reported a strong first-quarter profit. But investors remained cautious on concerns over the fate of General Motors and the impact the economic slowdown has had on companies.

  • Stock futures retreated Tuesday after a report showed retail sales unexpectedly dropped -- and dropped sharply in March.

  • Richard Bove, financial strategist at Rochdale Securities, is bullish on the US banking sector as he sees an improvement in banks' overall operating businesses.

  • Asian markets bounced back and forth in a narrow trading band Monday. Trading was quiet after most major overseas centers were closed on Friday due to the long Easter weekend.

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    The S&P 500 closed modestly higher on Monday with investors betting that big banks will post at least decent quarterly results. And after hours Goldman did far more than that...

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    As big banks start reporting their first-quarter earnings this week, investors will be looking to see if the recent good news suggests a turnaround is for real.

  • Stocks ended mixed in a dramatic finish Monday as the market was buzzing about President Obama's press conference on the economy tomorrow.

  • The pros showed lots of caution as the markets move deeper into earnings season, suspecting pullbacks after several strong weeks.  Financials earnings will be of particular interest this week, but surprises are less likely.  When the U. S. economy recovers, it is likely to do so before those of either Japan or Europe, because the U.S. has acted much more swiftly, forcefully, and, one hopes, appropriately.

  • Stocks retreated Monday after a five-week rally as investors braced for this week's round of earnings and a potential bankruptcy filing by General Motors.

  • Stocks, which had already been coming off their mid-morning lows, rallied further about 1:18 ET when it was announced that President Obama would make a major address on the U.S. economy tomorrow.

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    Get the latest plays from the Fast Money traders while the market is open. Guy Adami talks banks, Tim Seymour is watching the car companies and much, much, more!

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    Shares of Wells Fargo gave up some of their recent gains on Monday but are off morning lows, after analysts warned that the bank still could be facing mounting credit losses and need more capital.

  • Stocks retreated Monday after a five-week rally as investors braced for this week's round of earnings and a potential bankruptcy filing by General Motors.

  • Abby Joseph Cohen, Goldman Sachs Global Markets Institute president, offered CNBC her onsights on the economy and the markets.

  • Vince Farrell

    The Masters is full of religious overtones since the most famous three holes in golf make up the "Amen Corner." We're in a bit of a dream-like state with the market right now after Wells Fargo's announcement last Thursday that banks can indeed make money.