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Stocks Applied Materials Inc

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    What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Wednesday, May19.

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    The semiconductor firm posted results that easily exceeded analysts' expectations and boosted guidance for the current quarter.

  • The Dow tumbled over 100 points, or 1.1 percent, led by financials, as the dollar gained against the euro. Walmart was the lone gainer on the Dow. Oil ended below $70 for the first time this year.

  • Stocks continued to slide in choppy trading Tuesday as the dollar gained against the euro. Financials were the biggest drag after Germany issued a proposal to ban naked short-selling.

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  • The Dow pulled off a gain Monday as Goldman Sachs shares finished higher following news that the SEC vote to sue was close — raising doubt that the charges will stick. Citigroup jumped 7 percent after blowing past earnings forecasts.

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  • Another slow melt-up. Every day, the Dow goes up...20 points. The Dow is up 17 trading days in March, and down only four. It hasn't put together two down days since the last week of February. That's impressive. What is not impressive: volume, and the advance/decline line is definitely showing signs of slowing down. Not a good sign.

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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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  • 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.