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  • Stocks were weak Thursday after an unexpected rise in initial jobless claims and July retail sales that were mostly weak.

  • Madden 11

    “Madden” is one of the few annual titles that has a long tail in stores. Traditionally, there’s a big push for the game when it’s released, then another sales bump as the holidays (and NFL playoffs) draw near.

  • Stocks skidded Thursday after a report showed an unexpected rise in jobless claims last week. Retailers were mixed as chain-store sales showed only a slight improvement from last summer's anemic levels.

  • Stocks were higher Wednesday, led by consumer discretionary stocks, as encouraging reports on jobs and the services sector fueled hopes for the recovery.

  • Stocks were higher Wednesday, led by consumer discretionary stocks, as encouraging reports on jobs and the services sector fueled hopes for the recovery.

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    As investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs search for the "Next Big Thing," this week's Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, Calif. brings together companies whose innovation is driving economic growth. Here are four to keep your eyes on.

  • Hilary Schneider, Yahoo's EVP, Americas Region

    There's no question about who runs the show at Yahoo: That's CEO Carol Bartz. But after her, no one has more power than Hilary Schneider.

  • Blackberry Torch 9800

    Smartphones are the hottest thing in the tech world these days, and no company has been in the game longer than Research in Motion. Unfortunately for RIM (and its shareholders), it's beginning to look its age. The messaging-centric approach that helped the company beat early rivals Microsoft and Palm for dominance in the market now looks like a liability.

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    This week CNBC is heading to Techonomy 2010, a new business conference in Lake Tahoe, Calif. that examines the economic power of innovation.

  • US stocks posted their best monthly performance of the year, led by the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a gain of 7.1%.  Within the S&P 500 sectors, industrial and material companies rose the most in July. 

  • Stocks ended relatively flat Friday after a disappointing GDP report but the Dow logged its best month in a year, rising more than 7 percent.

  • Clients have taken a point of view that said "if we invest now in a stable environment—with moderate growth as the expectation—then we are going to pick up share," the CEO of MDC Partners said.

  • Stocks see-sawed after economic readings on consumer sentiment and business activity offset disappointment with a lower-than-expected GDP report.

  • Stocks pared their losses on Friday after a better-than-expected consumer sentiment reading. They initially opened lower after US government reports that showed economic growth slowed in the second quarter. What does this mean for the markets going forward?

  • Steve Ballmer

    Microsoft spacer hosted its annual analyst day in Redmond yesterday, laying out its plans to dominate the consumer electronics market as well as convince investors that the company is on track to re-energize growth. But many questions remain for this technology giant.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • Stocks ended lower for a second day Thursday, led by tech and consumer shares, after some disappointing outlooks. Financial and materials rose slightly.

  • Stocks shaved some of their earlier losses as financials gained.  Sony and BP shares rose.

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    Nuance, the company that makes Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Windows, is in a pretty sweet position: It’s essentially a monopoly.

  • Stocks rose on Thursday after a drop in jobless claims and strong earnings reports from ExxonMobil. James Dailey, CIO and senior portfolio manager at Team Asset Strategy Fund, and Mike Holland, chairman at Holland & Company, discussed their market insights.