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  • U.S. stock futures traded flat to slightly higher at the start of a week featuring dozens of major earnings reports, as well as a Federal Reserve statement and a slew of macroeconomic data.

  • J.C. Penney

    J.C. Penney plans to give board seats to the hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management and Vornado Realty Trust, months after the two investors purchased big stakes in the retailer, people with direct knowledge of the matter told DealBook on Sunday, the New York Times reports.

  • President Obama & President Hu Joint Press Conference

    President Obama warned President Hu Jintao that if China did not step up its pressure on North Korea, the U.S. would have to redeploy its forces in Asia to protect itself, a senior administration official said. The NYT reports.

  • Stocks closed mixed as strong results out of General Electric gave a lift to the broader market, while weakness among technology stocks, despite some stellar earnings reports, dragged down the Nasdaq.  GE and AmEx rose, while BofA fell.

  • Stocks continued to trade mixed as strong results out of General Electric gave a lift to the broader market, while weakness among technology stocks, despite some stellar earnings reports, dragged down the Nasdaq.  GE and Disney rose, while BofA fell.

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    Collectively, states have budget deficits of more than $130 billion, unfunded pension and healthcare plans of more than $1 trillion and billions of dollars of unpaid bills to public schools and universities, hospitals and social welfare programs...States are in crisis and floundering to find a solution.

  • Stocks turned mixed as losses in technology stocks dragged down the Nasdaq, although the broader market remained higher folllowing two days of losses after a handful of companies reported better-than-expected earnings.

  • Stock index futures pointed to a higher open after a handful of companies reported better-than-expected earnings.

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    Policy makers are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out from under crushing debts, including the pensions they have promised to retired public workers, the New York Times reports.

  • Stocks closed far off the lows of the session, with the broad market ending largely flat, as investors weighed mixed earnings and economic reports and tech stocks sank for a second day. 

  • Stocks held slight losses before the close, after a breif stint in positive territory, as investors weighed mixed earnings and economic reports and tech stocks sank for a second day. Caterpillar and DuPont fell, while Home Depot rose.

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    Let's face it. We're becoming a nation of beached whales. We also like to blame everyone but ourselves. So let's blame Wal-Mart.

  • US stock futures eased losses after an unexpectedly large jobless in weekly jobless claims.

  • Stocks closed lower Wednesday following a handful of weak earnings results in the financial sector and strong results from tech giants IBM and Apple, although the iPad maker's shares slipped in afternoon trading. Bank of America and AmEx fell, while IBM rose.

  • Stocks extended losses Wednesday following a handful of weak earnings results in the financial sector and strong reports from tech giants IBM and Apple, although the iPad maker's shares slipped in afternoon trading.  BofA and AmEx fell, while IBM rose.

  • Stocks traded mixed Wednesday amid mixed earnings results from Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo. IBM rose, while AmEx fell.

  • U.S. stock futures were pointing to a lower open, after mixed earnings results from Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo and mixed news on housing, as starts fell, but permits rose.

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    Despite an international effort to ensure safe passage through the world’s most treacherous waters, pirates escalated their attacks in 2010 for the fourth straight year, striking more ships and taking more hostages last year than in any year on record, according to an annual report on piracy, the New York Times reports.

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    Goldman Sachs executives have long been among the most richly paid on Wall Street in the best of times. They are now poised to reap a windfall that was sown in the dark days of the financial crisis in 2008, the New York Times reports.

  • Stocks ended modestly higher as strength in energy and materials stocks outweighed pressure from financials in the wake of a disappointing earnings report from Citigroup and ahead of more reports from banks later this week. Boeing and Caterpillar rose, while Verizon fell.