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  • On Thursday, solar exchange traded funds (ETFs) soared by about 17 percent, and some stocks within the funds were up by as much as 50 percent. For the week, the ETFs finished up about 30 percent. What gives?

  • Berkshire Hathaway, which owns 22 percent of Burlington Northern, is being chatted up as a potential buyer of BNI along with Chinese railway operator Guangshen Railway. Does the market rumor meet the "3 Vs" test?

  • Gold is going up, said BlackRock managing director Evy Hambro. Here's why.

  • A number of takeover rumors have been making the rounds, an encouraging sign that capitalistic optimism is returning to the markets.

  • Stocks capped a relatively good week with a thud Friday as investors locked in profits.

  • "There’s a lot out there that’s very attractive from sustainable dividends," said Peter Andersen of Congress Asset Management. He shared a few strategies to boost investors' portfolios before the weekend.

  • The iShares Russell 2000 Index ETF is down more than 2 percent on the day Friday, but calls active in the session suggest traders think the small-cap index could go substantially percent higher in the near term.

  • Stocks fell sharply Friday, led by bank and technology issues, as investors locked in profits after a two-day winning streak.

  • Despite the drawback in stocks this morning, Bill Spiropoulous of CoreStates Capital Advisors told CNBC that the market recovery “is in full swing” — but Joe Heider of Dawson Wealth Management said investors “can’t call the bottom” yet. Both had investment recommendations.

  • US stock index futures pared losses slightly Friday after a report showed personal spending rose for a second straight month.

  • As oil prices rise, deep water drilling will be an area of solid growth, said Rob Lutts, founder and CIO of Cabot Money Management.

  • Stocks rallied to the finish line to make it two for two Thursday as investors were encouraged by decent demand fof a $24 billion auction of seven-year Treasury notes. The Nasdaq shot up nearly 4 percent and is now positive for the year.

  • Stocks added to an already strong session following an auction on seven-year Treasury notes that heightened a sense of economic optimism.

  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have recently been in high demand. According to Anthony Rochte, senior managing director at State Street Global Advisors, ETF volumes are “up at almost 38 percent of all U.S. traded equities through the first quarter.”

  • Stocks added to an already strong session following an auction on seven-year Treasury notes that heightened a sense of economic optimism.

  • The so-called stress test for banks should not only prove which financial firms are stable — but should go a long way toward shoring up investor trust in financial stocks. So said Jeremy Siegel, professor of finance at Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.

  • US stock index futures signaled a higher open for Wall Street Thursday on hopes that the world's biggest economy is showing signs it nearing a bottom.

  • Stocks ended higher Wednesday as a surge in the final minutes of trading pushed all three indexes in positive territory.

  • Vulcan Materials trading volume quintupled average call daily volume, as traders bet the Florida producer of construction aggregates would benefit from federal construction spending.

  • Rumors that UnitedHealth Group is interested in the managed healthcare company Coventry Health Care have lifted Coventry as much as 10 percent today, while driving short-term options buying.