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  • Stock futures signaled a higher open Wednesday after several down days, boosted by some positive earnings reports, and following markets higher in Europe and Asia.

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  • Investors should look for “reasonably valued stocks” that pay dividends and also have a growth catalyst, said Alan Gayle, senior investment strategist at RidgeWorth Capital Management.

  • The Nikkei was down 10.5 percent again last night and is now down almost 19 percent in the past 4 trading sessions. While some have been calling the markets decline "irrational" (the Nikkei has moved almost one annual standard deviation in three days, FTalphaville has noted), the unstable situation at the nuclear plants is a real X-factor that justify caution.

  • Various companies in the food chains of autos and semiconductors are also down. Polypore International, for example, which makes membranes for lead-acid and lithium batteries, is down 5 percent. As there were damage to many plants, a few semiconductor names outside Japan are trading up.

  • With markets dropping sharply, investors should cash in on this buying opportunity, said Gordon Charlopp of Rosenblatt Securities.

  • Portugal successfully sold 2-year debt, but at a high price: 5.99 percent. This is for 2-year paper, mind you. The previous cost for 2-year paper was 4.08 percent last September. Longer-dated paper (2014) was sold at a yield of 5.39 percent in January. You wouldn't know there was concern by looking at the Portugese stock market — it's not far from a 52-week high.

  • Staples will increase its quarterly cash dividend by 11 percent to 10 cents a share, up from 9 cents a share, the company announced Tuesday.

  • Office retailers have taken a beating over the last year, but Brad Thomas, retail hardlines analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets says he sees some upside for the sector ahead.

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Tuesday's Squawk on the Street.

  • Stocks lost ground in the final minutes of trading but still showed resilience after Tuesday's sharp sell-off to end with modest gains, even as oil prices climbed above $100 a barrel.  Caterpillar and 3M gained, while JPMorgan fell.

  • Stocks lost ground just before the close but largely showed resilience after Tuesday's sharp sell-off and held modest gains ahead of the close, even as oil prices climbed above $100 a barrel.  3M and Caterpillar rose, while JPMorgan fell.

  • Stocks turned negative as oil prices climbed back above $100 a barrel on news of Libyan air strikes, and as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke before Congress for a second day. Boeing and McDonald's fell, while 3M rose.

  • U.S. stock index futures slipped slightly lower despite a stronger-than-expected report on private sector jobs as tensions in the Middle East and rising oil prices continued to weigh on stocks ahead of more Congressional testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Wednesday's Squawk on the Street.

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