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  • Stocks continued to trade mixed despite further evidence of a recovering economy and passage of a bill extending Bush-era tax cuts, as strong earnings by tech leaders nudged the Nasdaq slightly higher.  Merck fell, while Boeing rose.

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    Fourth-quarter earnings per share could be artificially boosted by stock buybacks for the first time since 2007, Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at Standard & Poor’s told CNBC.com.

  • Stocks closed off session highs, yet the Dow still hit its highest level since before Lehman Brothers collapsed as Treasury yields soared in the wake of the Federal Reserve's reaffirmation of its decision to buy bonds to stimulate the economy. AT&T and Kraft rose, while JPMorgan fell.

  • Stocks trimmed some gains but remained mostly higher Tuesday after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed its decision to buy bonds to stimulate the economy and left short-term interest rates unchanged. Kraft and Microsoft rose, while JPMorgan fell.

  • Stocks continued to trade higher Tuesday after a handful of mostly strong economic reports, and despite weak earnings from leading electronics retailer Best Buy, as investors await news from the Federal Reserve's meeting this afternoon. Boeing and Cisco rose, while JPMorgan fell.

  • Stock index futures rose slightly after news that retail sales were stronger than expected in November, and inflation was in line with expectations. Earlier futures had slipped after  disappointing news from leading electronics retailer Best Buy dampened enthusiasm for the holiday shopping season.

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    Yahoo plans to lay off more than 600 employees as soon as Tuesday, CNBC learnt late Monday.

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    Shares of Google and Apple edged higher in pre-market trading after a federal court judge dismissed a patent lawsuit against the tech giants brought by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

  • Activist investor Carl Icahn and Lions Gate Vice Chair Michael Burns had harsh words for one another on Tuesday's "Fast Money."

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  • Stocks ended mixed after trading in a narrow range most of the session amid light volume Monday, as investors considered Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's comments about additional Fed stimulus and regrouped after strong gains in the market last week. Cisco and Pfizer rose, while BofA fell.

  • Stocks moved in a narrow range amid light volume Monday, and were ending the session mixed as investors considered Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's comments about additional Fed stimulus and regrouped after strong gains in the market last week.  BofA and Cocoa-Cola fell, while Cisco rose.

  • Stocks declined as investors continued to consider future troubles in the euro zone and comments over the weekend by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicating the central bank was willing to pump even more money into the economy.  BofA and DuPont fell, which Cisco rose.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open Monday as investors pulled back from strong gains in the previous week and weighed up the impact of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's willingness to launch further quantitative easing.

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    Oracle goes hardware shopping, Carol Bartz tames Yahoo and the Android overtakes the iPhone in sales

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    Google is near a deal to acquire Groupon, the pioneering online discounter, for as much as $6 billion, people with direct knowledge of the matter told DealBook on Monday.