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  • Dow Poised for 7th Straight Gain; Energy Slips Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 2:08 PM ET

    Stocks climbed Tuesday, putting the Dow on track for its seventh-consecutive gain, after investors shrugged off China's interest rate hike for the second time in just over a month and a handful of disappointing earnings reports.

  • Stocks Climb, Led by Banks; Energy Slides Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:08 PM ET

    Stocks rose Tuesday, led by financials, after investors shrugged off China's interest rate hike for the second time in just over a month and a handful of disappointing earnings reports.

  • Futures Point to Weak Open Amid China Rates Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 9:15 AM ET

    Stock index futures pointed to a weaker open Tuesday after China's central bank raised key rates for the second time in just over a month and as a handful of earnings reports disappointed.

  • Dow and S&P End Near 2-1/2 Year Highs Monday, 7 Feb 2011 | 4:23 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks ended higher Monday with the Dow and S&P 500 hitting their highest levels since June 2008 amid a flurry of M&A activity and several positive earnings news.

  • Stocks Gain, Posting Best Week in 2 Months Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 5:47 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks extended gains in the last minutes of trading to end the week on a high note, posting the best week in two months, as traders shrugged off a tepid jobs report to keep the major indices above key benchmarks reached earlier this week.

  • Stocks on Track For Best Week in 2 Months Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 3:59 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks gained slightly Friday as retailers and tech sectors gained strength and traders shrugged off a tepid jobs report to keep the major indices above key benchmarks reached earlier this week. Kraft rose, while JPMorgan fell.

  • Stocks Trade Mixed; Energy Falls; Tech Rises Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 11:50 AM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks fluctuated within a narrow range Friday morning as investors considered a surprisingly small jobs gain in January amid a slew of stronger economic reports out earlier this week.  JPMorgan and Bank of America fell, while Home Depot rose.

  • Futures Rise Despite Small Payrolls Gain Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 9:22 AM ET

    US stock index futures rose after the government reported a much smaller-than-expected gain in jobs in January after the Dow recorded its highest closing level since June 19, 2008.

  • What New Homebuyers Need to Know Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 5:19 PM ET
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    First-time home buying is well documented as an arduous process, and much of that can be attributed to the sheer number of new and unexpected issues. Therefore, the more you know, the better you’re likely to fare. Here, briefly, are some aspects buyers should consider when shoring up finances to buy a house.

  • Stocks End Slightly Up; Dow Hits New High Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 5:11 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks ended slightly higher after trading lower most of the session as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated the central bank would continue to stimulate the economy, even amid signs of growing strength in the U.S. economy, evident in news out early in the session. Cisco and BofA rose, while Merck fell.

  • Stocks Turn Up Ahead of Close; Retail Gains Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 3:59 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks turned higher after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated the central bank would continue to stimulate the economy, even amid signs of growing strength in the U.S. economy. Cicsco and Bank of America rose, while Merck fell.

  • Stocks Pare Losses; Retailers Up, Merck Falls Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 11:46 AM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks fell Thursday as investors weighed strong signs of an economy on the mend against increasing worries over Egypt and signs pointing to an end to the recent rally.  Merck and Alcoa fell, while Bank of America gained.

  • Futures Point to Lower Open as Rally Fades Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 9:25 AM ET

    U.S. stocks were set for a lower open on Thursday as investors weighed hints of an improving economy against increasing disorder in Egypt and signs pointing to an end to the recent rally.

  • Stocks Close Narrowly Mixed, Near New Highs Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 6:18 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks closed narrowly mixed with the major indices ending above key thresholds as investors focused on troubles in Egypt, shrugged off good job news, and took a breather after the market posted new multi-year highs on Tuesday. Disney rose, while Home Depot fell.

  • Stocks Trade Mixed Before Close; Banks Fall Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 3:54 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks were narrowly mixed ahead of the close, but still remained within a narrow trading range, as investors focused on unrest in Egypt and took a breather after the market posted new multi-year highs on Tuesday. Disney rose, while Home Depot fell.

  • Stocks Slump After Hitting Highs; Tech Rises Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 12:13 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks struggled for direction on Wednesday as clashes between government supporters and protesters in Egypt weighed on the market amid news of a better-than-expected gain in private-sector hiring last month. Merck and BofA fell, while Disney rose.

  • Futures Slip After Job News, Egypt Clashes Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 9:12 AM ET

    Stock index futures slid lower after initially trading flat despite a better-than-expected rise in private-sector hiring last month, but as clashes took place between governrment supporters and protesters in Egypt.

  • Bet on Foreclosure Boom Turns Sour for Investors Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 5:13 AM ET
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    In recent years, numerous private equity firms have taken large stakes in the back-office operations of law firms specializing in foreclosure, often called foreclosure mills. The private equity firms then make money by providing those services back to the law firm for a fee. The NYT reports.

  • Dow Closes Above 12,000, S&P Above 1,300 Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 4:42 PM ET

    Stocks ended sharply higher as the Dow and the S&P 500 hit new multi-year highs, easily erasing losses from Friday's sharp sell-off on turmoil in Egypt as investors focused on upbeat earnings and economic news.

  • Stocks Rise Above Thresholds Before Close Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 3:54 PM ET

    Stocks added to solid gains on Tuesday, pushing the Dow and S&P 500 to multi-year highs, as the market easily erased losses from Friday's sharp sell-off in the wake of turmoil in Egypt as investors focused on upbeat earnings and economic news. Pfizer and Alcoa rose, while P&G fell.