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  • Visa reported a profit of $716 million on Wednesday after the closing bell, outpacing estimates, as consumers resumed spending. Robert Dodd, senior transaction processing industry analyst at Morgan Keegan shared his analysis on the credit card giant.

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    Vistaprint is getting clobbered today and investors appear to be justified in doling out such serious punishment.

  • Stocks rose on Thursday after a drop in jobless claims and strong earnings reports from ExxonMobil. James Dailey, CIO and senior portfolio manager at Team Asset Strategy Fund, and Mike Holland, chairman at Holland & Company, discussed their market insights.

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    To me, using cash to hire and expand business is a positive action, but for whatever reason, the move is being frowned upon by investors. And as the saying goes, the market is always right, even if you personally disagree with it.

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    Since the initial shock of Research In Motion's(RIMM) disappointing quarterly earnings numbers last month, a number of investors have tried to call a bottom and point out how cheap are the company's shares. They shouldn't. A report from TheStreet.

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    Earnings season is underway and stocks are rallying on better-than-expected profits. In this report from TheStreet, here are 10 companies that beat analysts' earnings expectations by wide margins. They are ordered by outperformance, from smallest to biggest surprise.

  • So far, 77 percent of the S&P 500 companies that have reported earnings exceeded expectations, which has led to lower price-to-earnings ratios. So with P/E ratios low and interest rates even lower, why aren’t stocks higher? Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab and Erik Ogard, director at Russell Investment Group shared their insights.

  • Everyone got out of hand with too much leverage a few years ago. Now in deal making, the media banker said, "we are giving companies enough leverage to actually transact in sectors—sometimes with leverage ratios that are higher than if they traded in that same sector."

  • Investors should look for companies with strong earnings and growth potential, said Doug Bantum, head of sales at Capstone Investments. He discussed his best plays.

  • Stocks wavered on Wednesday as investors sifted through a mixed bag of earnings and a drop in durable-goods orders. Joseph Duran, CEO and co-founder of United Capital Financial Partners, and Ron Carson, CEO of Carson Wealth Management Group, discussed their market outlooks.

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    There is always the danger one class of shares could get acquired, which would throw the relationship out of whack. There are also liquidity issues as well. But biggest reason for me is the notion that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Gold might be breaking down technically, but you wouldn't guess it looking at the options activity in gold-related stocks yesterday.

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    Amid all the kerfuffle over Europeans outing their weak banks, it seems people have forgotten how surprisingly strong the US banking system has become. The six largest banks earned nearly $15 billion, or $3.87 per share, for common stockholders in a single quarter — despite huge challenges ranging from market volatility to concerns about a double-dip recession to the political winds blowing harder against their core business models. A report from TheStreet.

  • Stocks pared their gains on Tuesday as worries about a drop in consumer confidence offset some earlier better-than-expected earnings results. Ted Parrish, co-portfolio manager at Henssler Equity Fund, and Eugene Peroni, senior VP and portfolio manager at Advisors Asset Management, shared their insights.

  • Stocks seesawed on Tuesday after consumer confidence showed a drop in July—to its lowest level since February—on job market worries. Jim Meyer, CIO and co-founder at Tower Bridge Advisors, shared his market outlook.

  • Does the price action on major banks in Europe tell investors that the continent is now not a threat to risk appetite and that Wall Street can mount a sustained rally without a repeat of May’s negative blow-up?

  • BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg

    Citing what a busy day it was, a meeting facilitator explained to investors and analysts that “Carl-Henric has other commitments he must fulfill” and that “unfortunately, he has to leave us now.” Mr. Svanberg had taken just four questions from callers.

  • Stocks were higher on Tuesday following better-than-expected quarterly results from DuPont—then gains were pared after glum consumer confidence data. Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, shared his insights on what to watch for going forward.

  • Activision Blizzard released the potential blockbuster "Starcraft II" on Tuesday, and one large trader is playing for a rally.

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    Can commercial real estate possibly resurrect itself without the mortgage-backed securitization market? It's a chicken and egg question, really. Does commercial real estate need securitization to come back to survive, or will the securitization market return if prices go up?