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    Low market volumes and stiff competition have led to a sharp fall in “high-frequency” trading as industry experts warn that the past two years of rapid growth may be coming to a halt, reports the Financial Times.

  • Stocks followed commodities sharply lower throughout Tuesday's session as oil slid and investors reacted to disappointing sales results from Alcoa. Alcoa and Chevron led the Dow lower, while Wal-Mart gained.

  • Stocks extended losses in the final hour of trading Tuesday as oil prices sank and after Alcoa's weaker-than-expected revenues disappointed investors. Alcoa and Chevron led decliners.

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    The $38 billion in spending cuts agreed to last week won't prevent this year's budget deficit from setting another record high, estimated at $1.5 trillion.

  • Stocks sank broadly, triggered by disappointing results from Alcoa, and as a report by Goldman Sachs calling for a drop in commodity prices sent oil prices on a nosedive.  Alcoa and Chevron fell, while Wal-Mart gained.

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    Stock index futures slightly pared losses, although remained down, after the government reported import prices rose in March, and the trade deficit fell.

  • Siemens' U.S. Investment

    Siemens Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, has announced it intends to hire 3,000 people in the United States, and that a percentage of those jobs will be reserved for returning veterans. Eric Spiegel, CEO, Siemens Corporation, explains the company's plans.

  • Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on his re-nomination to the position.

    Kevin Logan,  chief US economist at HSBC  believes the Federal Reserve created the conditions for investors to party hard.  The big gains in equities, commodities and risky assets showed this policy certainly got the party going, but there are rumors that someone wants to start making coffees and pour away the rest of the punch.

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    Nokia’s board expects the mobile phone company to suffer more losses in smartphone market share before it enjoys gains from its radical change in ­strategy, said Jorma Ollila, chairman, the Financial Times reports.

  • Stocks closed narrowly mixed in thin trading Monday despite a flurry of M&A activity as investors cautiously awaited the start of earnings season. Travelers gained, while Chevron fell.

  • Stocks traded lower in thin trading Monday amid a lack of economic news and as investors cautiously awaited the start of earnings season.  Travelers rose, while Chevron fell.

  • Stocks gained modestly as investors braced for the start of earnings season amid M&A activity. 3M rises, while Caterpillar falls.  

  • Stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Wall Street ahead of earnings season, which kicks off after the bell when Alcoa releases results.

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    The amount of debt held on the world’s balance sheets, whether they are governments, individuals, businesses or banks has people worried.

  • Stocks saw a selloff ahead of the weekend and amid disagreements over spending cuts, hindering lawmakers from reaching a deal to temporarily avert a government shutdown.

  • Stocks saw a selloff ahead of the weekend and amid disagreements over spending cuts, hindering lawmakers from reaching a deal to temporarily avert a government shutdown.

  • Stocks added to modest losses Friday after news that Congressional leaders have not come to a budget agreement, which could lead to a government shutdown at midnight tonight. Cisco fell, while Merck rose.

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    Interstate rivalry has grown fierce on a new battlefield — business — as the two states stage cross-border raids and entice companies with generous incentives to move a few miles and resettle on the other side. A  growing chorus of leaders on both sides are wondering about the point of it all, warning that the efforts serve only to help private companies at taxpayer expense, the New York Times reports.

  • Stock index futures rose ahead of the open Friday in what is expected to be another low volume session before earnings season kicks off in earnest with Alcoa's release after the market closes on Monday.

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    "The outlandish scenario of a US debt downgrade is no longer the stuff of finance fiction," says the head researcher at at SocGen.