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    As part of a growing trend among hedge funds and Wall Street firms, Cold War-style satellite surveillance is being used to gather market-moving information.

  • Stocks opened lower Monday then pared losses, following last week’s sharp decline, as investors braced for the next batch of earnings and economic data. Bob Doll, vice chairman and chief equity strategist at BlackRock, shared his outlook.

  • Stocks slipped Friday in quiet summer trading as the closing bell neared after several reports on the economy did little to improve the mood of investors and the market continued on track to record its worst week since the week ending July 2.

  • Here's what analysts and others say they're watching before the bell Monday.

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    Schools across the US are beginning the new school year with shrinking budgets and outsize demands for basic supplies. The New York Times reports.

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    A smattering of secondary economic reports and several big retailers' earnings fill what could otherwise be a quiet week, in which markets sort out big moves in interest rates and currencies.

  • Stocks ended the week down sharply, with the major indexes down as much as 4 percent in the worst week for the markets since July 2.  Retail drops.

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    In the span of 3 days the S&P has broken below the 200-day, 100-day and 55-day moving average. The last time we saw this it was in June.

  • U.S. stocks were lower Friday after several reports on the economy did little to change the overall picture for investors.

  • Stocks closed lower Thursday, continuing a losing streak amid light volume and continued worries over the state of the economy. Cisco skidded, Verizon rose.

  • Stocks continued a losing streak Thursday heading into the close, amid light volume and continued worries over the state of the economy triggered by the latest batch of economic data and comments from Cisco that customers are hestitant about a recovery. Cisco skidded, Verizon rose.

  • Stocks were lower Thursday after an unexpected rise in weekly jobless claims added to worries over the economy, although losses were stemmed as some investors stepped in to buy.

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    Thousands of acres of farmland here in the San Joaquin Valley have been removed from agricultural production, largely because the once fertile land is contaminated by salt buildup from years of irrigation.  But large swaths of those dry fields could have a valuable new use in their future — making electricity. The NYT reports.

  • Stocks ended lower after the Federal Reserve said it would reinvest proceeds from maturing mortgage securities into the Treasury market.

  • Stocks pared losses after the Federal Reserve said it would reinvest proceeds from maturing mortgage-backed securities into the Treasury market.

  • Stocks declined Tuesday as the market was rattled by disappointing economic data out of China ahead of the Federal Reserve's statement on monetary policy.

  • How should investors be positioned in this volatile market? Ryan Detrick, chief technical strategist at Schaeffer’s Investment Research, and Kelly Campbell, founder, principal and CEO of Campbell Wealth Management, discussed their insights.

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    Companies hoarding cash since the start of the recession are beginning to pass on some of it to shareholders , but it's unlikely to match the boom of a decade ago.

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    Protect yourself from scandals and extenuating circumstances like those that ruined every (HPQ) holder's summer weekend. CEO's should never become bigger than the institutions they lead and we are seeing again why.

  • The practices that consumers have adopted in response to the economic crisis ultimately could...make them happier. New studies of consumption and happiness show, for instance, that people are happier when they spend money on experiences instead of material objects, when they relish what they plan to buy long before they buy it, and when they stop trying to outdo the Joneses.