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    Take a look at some of Thursday's midday movers:

  • Facebook

    In the wake of Facebook’s botched initial public offering and subsequent stock decline, pressure is building for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to post solid results when the social giant reports second quarter earnings on Thursday.

  • Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

    The Federal Reserve is moving closer to announcing additional steps to stimulate the economy, but it can’t do much to curb the threat of another recession.

  • Sarah Jessica Parker

    Though research says women spend more impulsively than men, the data also shows that women are more practical investors.

  • U.S. stock index futures added to sharp gains Thursday following a batch of better-than-expected economic news and after encouraging remarks by the ECB President.

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    Take a look at some of Thursday's morning movers:

  • Gold bars

    Option volume lit up yesterday in the SPDR Gold Shares Trust exchange-traded fund, which tracks the price of bullion.

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    If you've never heard of Ulan Bator, that's about to change.The Christian Science Monitor reports.

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    With growth slowing across most major markets, one well-known stock market bear is predicting big losses for stocks in the third quarter, despite the chance of further central bank action to help shore up confidence.

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    "Europe will drive the bus, but if we get a nasty surprise in initial claims that could have a big effect," veteran trader Art Cashin said.

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    You never know for sure what moves a stock, but increasingly social media, especially Twitter and its cousin, Stocktwits, is playing a bigger role in daily market moves. The most recent: J.C. Penney.

  • Bigger Mess Ahead for Foreclosures?

    RealtyTrac's latest survey shows foreclosures are going to get a lot worse before they get better, with Brandon Moore, RealtyTrac CEO.

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    Check out which companies are making headlines after the bell Wednesday:

  • Stocks finished mixed in a choppy trading session Wednesday, as Apple weighed on the tech sector following the iPhone maker's rare earnings miss. But the Dow finished higher, snapping a three-day losing streak.

  • Zurich, Switzerland

    Mild mannered Switzerland is putting downward pressure on the common currency.

  • **FILE** Rows of heavy Caterpillar equipment sits ready for shipment at the Caterpillar plant in Decatur, Ill.,in this April 20, 2007 file photo. For American companies with operations that stretch overseas, the slumping dollar has become a fiscal life preserver amid slower domestic economic growth and waning sales. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, file)

    Caterpillar posted quarterly profit that beat expectations. With an overweight rating on the stock and a $108 price target, Ann Duigan, JPMorgan machinery analyst, called Caterpillar “a global economic play.” But the stock is down 20 percent over the last 12 months. What should investors make of these mixed messages?

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    Oil prices staged a sharp turnaround ahead of the close in floor trading at the NYMEX Wednesday, as traders speculated about the prospects for more Fed easing.

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    Shares of Apple traded down as much 5.1 percent on Wednesday — their worst day in 2012 — and one hedge fund manager predicts its stock price will continue to drop before summer’s end.

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    West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil futures fell to the lowest price in more than a week, sliding more than $1 to below $88 a barrel, and RBOB gasoline futures plunged more than two percent to a two-week low, trading below $2.75 a gallon, after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a huge increase in domestic oil and gasoline supplies over the past week.

  • VirnetX

    Earlier this week I wrote about the hidden risk in Nevada-based VirnetX, a profitless battleground stock trading at a nearly $2 billion stock market valuation on hope about its mobile phone patents. Here's more.