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  • Stocks were higher heading into the close Wednesday in thin trading Wednesday as investors shrugged off tepid reports from retailers.  Exxon fell.

  • Target's stock rebounded after executives on a conference call said the retailer should meet analysts' expectations for the rest of the year. But is it a trap for traders?

  • U.S. mortgage applications jumped last week as rock-bottom rates lifted demand for home refinancing loans to its highest level in 15 months, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, discussed his insights.

  • Stocks pared losses Wednesday, with tech-heavy Nasdaq and the S&P 500 up slightly, after a mixed batch of earnings releases, and a day after a strong rally. Exxon, Chevron fell.

  • The Dow opened lower at the open after a day of strong results for the major averages, and ahead of a day light on economic news.

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    Expect things to move fast in BHP Billiton's attempt to take control of Canadian fertilizer giant Potash of Saskatchewan.  BHP is likely to initiate an offer for Potash very quickly, though the board of BHP has yet to make a firm determination.

  • Cramer typically recommends the selling of any company that has received a takeover bid. But not this time. Here's why.

  • Ag stocks rallied following a pick-up in merger activity Tuesday, but is it enough to push the overall market higher?

  • Stocks advanced on Tuesday, following a series of government reports and earnings that showed hints of strength returning to the economy. David Kelly, chief market strategist at JPMorgan Funds, and Stephen Wood, chief market strategist at Russell Investments, discussed their insights.

  • Stocks ended higher  Tuesday with the Dow gaining more than 100 points to  snap a five-day losing streak. The rally followed a series of government data releases and earnings reports that showed hints of strength returning to the economy.  Home Depot jumped, RIM slipped.

  • Stocks advanced decisively Tuesday, with Dow on track to snap a five-day losing streak. The rally followed a series of government data releases and earnings reports that showed hints of strength returning to the economy.  Home Depot jumped, RIM slipped.

  • Plus, get calls on retail, tech and more.

  • Why one Fast Money trader thinks the downside is limited in the equities and how investors should position themselves moving forward.

  • Stocks rose significantly Tuesday after days of losses, following a series of government data releases and earnings reports that showed hints of strength returning to the economy. Home Depot gains, Kraft slips.

  • This is going to be one nail-biter of a back to school season: It looks like the consumer is going to buy VERY LATE. And by the way, the largest pure-play potash producer in North America is not Potash, it's Intrepid Potash (IPI), which also traded up about 12 percent pre-open.

  • Stocks ended lower after the Federal Reserve said it would reinvest proceeds from maturing mortgage securities into the Treasury market.

  • Stocks pared losses after the Federal Reserve said it would reinvest proceeds from maturing mortgage-backed securities into the Treasury market.

  • Here's what analysts and others say they're watching before the bell Monday.

  • Market drops on Bernanke comments; a failure of expectations. The S&P 500 dropped about 12 points as Mr. Bernanke's written testimony came out. There were several statements in the written testimony that caught traders' attention...

  • June nonfarm payrolls posted a decline of 125,000 jobs, slightly higher than expected, with an unemployment rate of 9.5 percent. Private sector job growth up 83,000 was a bit below expectations. The stock market anticipated weaker numbers and trading all week reflected that sentiment. The market is trading at notably lower levels than two weeks ago.