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    Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.

  • Stock index futures are modestly higher after news import prices rose at a slower pace in April, and that margins for crude futures were raised 25 percent.

  • Finally, we’ve moved from a jobless recovery to a recovery where companies are actually hiring.More than  have been created in the past seven months, according to the Labor Department. And layoffs have been tapering off for more than a year now: There were just 37,000 positions lost in April, the third lowest in the past 16 months, according to the latest report from .“At the beginning of this year, we moved into a period of much stronger job creation,” said John Challenger, CEO of the company.

    As companies grew more confident in the recovery this year – and their profits – many announced plans to hire new workers. Here are more than 10 big companies that are hiring.

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    For many of the employed millions, the market is shifting. The number of vacant jobs is on the rise and discretionary choice is slowly returning. What are companies to do to retain their best talent?

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    One of the boldest steps Mr. Ryan takes to address our long term economic success is reducing the top tax rate for both individuals and companies to 25 percent...The only thing I would add to the Chairman’s plan is tax relief that would encourage bringing home more than a trillion dollars of US capital that could be used to help create American jobs and net $50 billion in extra tax revenues that our economy would otherwise never receive.

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    In an ad campaign using the old-fashioned medium of prime-time TV, Google is promoting its browser, Chrome, in the belief that it will benefit Google search, the New York Times reports.

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    The years following the Great Recession will feature the reemergence of U.S. manufacturing—everything from aeronautics to robots in warehouses, to high-speed cotton mills and 3-D model-making—but this generation of manufacturing will be polished and enhanced with technology.

  • The tech sector has the “dynamics and play” that can drive the markets in the next two years, said David Goerz, CIO of Highmark Capital.

  • When you look at just the raw cash numbers (including cash equivalents and short-term marketable securities), Apple is down the list at No. 6 with a lowly $29 billion. Here’s what most people—even analysts—overlook.

  • Cotton, sugar and lumber prices have been on the decline in the last month, so how should investors trade each of the commodities? Sterling Smith, commodity analyst at Country Hedging, shared his best plays.

  • NYSE Trader

    Stocks started May on a softer footing, in a day of mixed signals from markets.

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    Stocks closed modestly lower Monday, coming off highs reached after news of Osama Bin Laden's death, as investors considered the potential for terror attacks in retaliation for the killing.

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    Stocks fell in late afternoon trading on Monday, coming off highs reached after news of Osama Bin Laden's death, as investors considered the renewed potential for terror attacks in retaliation for the killing.

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    Intel tells CNBC it will be making its "most significant technology announcement of the year" on Wednesday in San Francisco.

  • Osama bin Laden

    The big news that Osama Bin Laden was finally dead wasn't reported first by a cable or broadcast TV channel, nor by a news wire or newspaper. Twitter broke the news, long before anyone even knew what the news was, when IT consultant who lived in the vicinity of Bin Laden's compound complained about the noise.

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    Stocks lost steam in late morning trading as techs and financials slipped despite news U.S. forces killed Osama Bin Laden.

  • Six in 60

    Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.

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    Stocks closed at fresh multi-year highs on Friday shrugging off lukewarm economic news to focus on broadly strong earnings, as the Dow & the S&P 500 marked six consecutive gains for the month of April.

  • Unless you live in a cave, you should know by now that Microsoft is one of the richest of all companies, with $50 billion in cash. A good deal of it has been spent on stock buybacks, which leads to an even bigger question: Whether it’s being squandered on those buybacks?

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    Stocks gained modestly on Friday, remaining on pace to end the week with the best results in five weeks even amid lukewarm economic news.