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  • After the bell the Fast Money traders pored over results from Alcoa, in an attempt to game the stock and project trends going forward. What must you know?

  • Stocks struggled Monday as materials and banks dragged and investors were a little jittery ahead of earnings season, which kicks off after the bell today with Alcoa. Techs were the day's best performers.

  • Ahead of earnings season, how should you balance broad economic headwinds against what may be attractive single stock stories?

  • Microsoft

    Microsoft should look at spinning off its consumer businesses—an $11 billion-a-year, red-ink-stained amalgam—and refocusing on its real core: internal software and the apps that run on it.

  • Stocks pulled back Monday as materials and banks dragged and investors were a little jittery ahead of earnings season, which kicks off after the bell today with Alcoa. Techs were the day's best performers.

  • US stocks posted their best weekly gain since July 17, 2009, with the S&P 500 rising 5.41%. Next week, Alcoa will kick off Q2 earnings season, scheduled to report after the bell on Monday. 

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    This could be a "raining decade" with the market in an "extended sideways up and down period." Take the big downturn in the early 70's, the period between 1972 to 1982 "started and finished in the same place," Tanya Beder said.

  • Eric Schmidt

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt repeatedly emphasized to me in conversations at the Allen & Co. Conference in Sun Valley that he does not see the world as a zero-sum game. And he sees partnership opportunities even from perceived rivals.

  • The patent-holding company that won a settlement of more than $600 million from the maker of the BlackBerry is suing six other makers of phones and phone software.

  • LeBron James

    Less than five hours from now, LeBron James will tell ESPN, on its hour special called “The Decision,” what team he is going to. As part of the deal with ESPN, James’ business team, LRMR Marketing, was given ad inventory to sell.

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

  • Top tech analyst Heather Beillini of ISI reveals her top tech picks!

  • Bill Fleckenstein of Fleckenstein Capital thinks tech names will soon pick-up, so how's he playing it?

  • Once again the traders are closely watching 1040 as a key level on the S&P. If the market closes above it, should you start buying?

  • Stocks rose Wednesday as gains in financials and energy helped offset concerns about the economy. Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, shared his market outlook.

  • Investors can’t help but wonder just how relevant Microsoft will be in the future amid all their missteps.

  • Sun Valley, Idaho

    The G4s are landing in Idaho and the Sun Valley resort is rolling out the red carpet for the biggest names in media, technology and private equity. Boutique investment bank Allen & Co is readying for its annual conference, nicknamed "summer camp for moguls." Media and tech titans and the private equity players drawn to them will arrive this afternoon for a week of activities and networking.

  • Stocks skidded Friday after disappointing reports on jobs and factory orders, capping a dismal week in which the Dow lost 4.5 percent.

  • Following a dismal second quarter, with all three major US indices posting their worst decline since Q2 2002, the Dow, S&P and NASDAQ Composite finished the week in the red, with their worst weekly performance since May 7. 

  • Following a poor quarterly performance for most of the major averages, investors seeking opportunities for the rest of the year may want to look at companies with the potential to weather any potential "double dips". One of the metrics that is closely watched by Wall Street is the amount of cash available.