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  • Futures Fall After Jobless Claims, Inflation News Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | 9:11 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures slumped after the government reported jobless claims rose to 462,000 last week, and producer prices rose 0.4 percent in September.

  • Stocks End Off Session Highs; Apple Hits $300 Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | 4:46 PM ET

    Stocks pared gains but remained significantly higher Wednesday as the dollar slumped, commodities soared, and a series of better-than-expected earnings reports gave investors confidence in the economy's health.  Cisco and American Express rose, while Intel and JPMorgan fell.

  • Stocks Off Session Highs; Apple Above $300 Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | 3:56 PM ET

    Stocks pared gains but remained significantly higher Wednesday as the dollar slumped, commodities soared, and a series of better-than-expected earnings reports gave investors confidence in the economy's health.  Cisco and American Express rose, while Intel and JPMorgan fell.

  • Stocks Add to Gains; Dow Up More Than 1% Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | 11:54 AM ET

    Stocks rose at the open after a series of strong earnings reports and expectations that the Federal Reserve will act to stimulate the economy.  Apple rose above $300 a share. Chevron and JPMorgan fell.

  • Futures Rise After Earnings, Ex-Im Report Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | 9:15 AM ET

    Stocks looked set to jump higher at the open Wednesday after better-than-expected profit from JPMorgan Chase added to the positive market sentiment.

  • Half a Million Americans Denied Health Coverage Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | 6:30 AM ET
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    The four largest health insurance companies in the US denied coverage to more than half a million individuals because of their pre-existing conditions from 2007 to 2009, according to a congressional investigation.

  • States Set to Unveil Joint Probe into Foreclosures Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | 5:26 AM ET
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    Up to 40 state attorneys general are preparing to launch a joint investigation into the mortgage industry over the foreclosure-document mess.

  • Stocks Close With Modest Gains on Fed News Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 4:56 PM ET

    Stocks closed higher after losing ground in the last few minutes of the session following the release of the Federal Reserve's minutes indicating the central bank would step in to stimulate the economy "before long."  Bank of America and Alcoa rose, while Verizon fell.

  • Stocks Pare Gains Ahead of Close Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 3:58 PM ET

    Stocks lost ground in the last few minutes of the session, although remained higher, following the release of the Federal Reserve's minutes indicating the central bank would step in to stimulate the economy "before long."

  • Stocks Pare Losses, as Tech Rises; Verizon Falls Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 11:39 AM ET

    Stocks pared losses and turned mixed, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq moving slightly higher, as traders awaited minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting as well earnings from Intel. Verizon and Wal-Mart fell, while AmEx rose.

  • $1 Million Streaker Prize Up to White House Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 9:54 AM ET
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    A man who ran naked at President Barack Obama's rally in Philadelphia in the weekend has likely won $1 million - but only if someone in the Obama camp confirms the man was close enough to the commander in chief.

  • Pfizer Buying King Pharmaceuticals for $3.6 Billion Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 9:36 AM ET
    Pfizer headquarters in New York City.

    Pfizer says it has agreed to buy King Pharmaceuticals for $3.6 billion in cash.

  • Futures Decline Ahead of Fed Minutes Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 9:11 AM ET

    U.S. stocks looked set for a weak open Tuesday as investors braced for minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting to gain clues on potential quantitative easing.

  • FDIC's Bad Bank Plan Criticized Before Being Unveiled Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 5:55 AM ET
    FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair on CNBC'c Power Lunch

    Regulators are struggling to create a global mechanism that could wind down a big financial institution without the disruption caused by Lehman Brothers’ collapse in 2008, reports the Financial Times.

  • Stocks Close Higher as Dow Ekes out Gain Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | 5:34 PM ET

    Stocks edged higher at the close, with the Dow climbing back above 11,000 after a late session drop, amid thin holiday trading and ahead of a big week of earnings announcements. Boeing and JPMorgan rose, while DuPont and 3M fell.

  • Stocks Turn Mixed; Dow Pares Losses Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | 3:53 PM ET

    Stocks turned mixed Monday amid quiet holiday trading as investors considered the next steps from the Federal Reserve and the release of several major earnings reports this week. DuPont and 3M fell, while Boeing and JPMorgan rose.

  • Stocks Struggle for Direction; 3M Falls Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | 11:53 AM ET

    Stocks struggled for direction amid quiet holiday trading as investors considered the next steps from the Federal Reserve in the wake of a disappointing jobs report on Friday. 3M and Caterpillar fall, while JP Morgan rose.

  • Futures Rise Slightly on Hopes of Fed Easing Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | 8:57 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open Monday as prospects for further monetary easing from the Federal Reserve rose in the wake of a disappointing jobs report Friday.

  • Dow Ends Above 11,000; 1st Time Since May Friday, 8 Oct 2010 | 5:14 PM ET

    The Dow closed above 11,000 for the first time since early May on hopes the Federal Reserve would step in to spur economic growth. Alcoa and Caterpillar rose, while Bank of America and Kraft  fell.

  • Stocks Rise; Dow on Pace to Close Above 11,000 Friday, 8 Oct 2010 | 3:52 PM ET

    Stocks added to gains as the close neared, with the Dow rising above the 11,000 mark, as investors anticipated the weak jobs report would prompt the Federal Reserve to step in and spur economic growth.  Alcoa and Caterpillar rose, while Bank of America and Kraft  fell.