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  • Company share buybacks are roaring, at a rate unseen in years. Is that a market buy signal? Mike Holland, chairman of Holland & Co., and Jack Bouroudjian, chief executive of Indexfuturesgroup.com, offered their insights.

  • Ten years ago, the Nasdaq hit its all time high of near 5,048 in the midst of the tech bubble. Today, the index is currently trading near 1143 so does it have further room for growth? Andy Hargreaves, senior research analyst at Pacific Crest Securities, and Paul Kedrosky, senior fellow at Kauffman Foundation and a CNBC contributor, shared their stock picks and sector plays.

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  • Stocks ended mixed Monday in tepid trading as investors took a breather after last week's rally. McDonald's and Research In Motion advanced.

  • Dividends: the tide has turned; more increases are coming. February is traditionally the month with the largest number of dividend increases, and it did not disappoint. Forty-seven companies increased their dividend last month (nearly 10 percent of the S&P 500). That is the best in two years and about twice the average of the last seven years...

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  • It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or will it go down? To answer this question, the street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation.After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed. From the entire S&P 500, which stocks are an

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  • Stocks rose for a third straight day Thursday as an encouraging manufacturing report helped fuel investor optimism about the recovery.

  • Stocks rebounded off a weak open Thursday after a report showed manufacturing in the Philadelphia region improved in February.

  • Stock index futures slipped after higher readings in weekly jobless claims and inflation pointed to more headwinds for the economic recovery.

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    A stronger-than-expected recovery in semiconductor demand is the key reason behind Applied Materials' upgrade in its sales forecast for 2010, Chief Executive Mike Splinter told CNBC on Thursday.

  • Stocks rose for second day Wednesday as a Deere earnings beat and a rebound in housing starts helped renew investor optimism about the recovery. Consumer stocks were among the best performers; energy, the weakest.

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    The semiconductor firm reported a quarterly profit that matched Wall Street estimates, and gave an outlook that exceeded expectations, sending shares higher in late trading.

  • Stocks opened higher Wednesday after Deere blew past earnings expectations and a report showed a rebound in housing starts.

  • Wall Street looks set to extend the previous session's gains Wednesday, with stock index futures pointing to a modest rise.

  • The Dow pulled off a stunning comeback, finishing above the 10,000 mark after being down sharply for most of the day amid worries about the recovery and Europe's debt woes.

  • Applied Materials CEO Michael Splinter cited strong demand in Asia and in the semiconductor business, offering an “optimistic” outlook on business conditions.

  • US President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union address

    Attendees had a good excuse for looking bleary-eyed in the morning--watching Obama's State of the Union address. And they certainly got the message

  • Markets had a shaky start Thursday: Technology stocks got a boost from last night’s earnings reports as China fears weighed on the market. Christian Thwaites, president and CEO of Sentinel Asset Management, and David Rainey, portfolio manager at FBR Focus Fund, shared their market outlooks

  • JPMorgan dashed hopes that the consumer is on the mend and sparked broad selling in the banking sector. So why does Steve Grasso think the space could pop next week?