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  • Stocks rallied in the final hour of trading Thursday, pushing the S&P to a 17-month high above 1,150. Banks finished strong, with Citi up over 5 percent.

  • Stocks slipped at the open Thursday after the government said weekly jobless claims fell but not as much as analysts had anticipated.

  • Stock index futures were treading water Thursday after posting a slight a gain Wednesday on the back of gains in financial stocks.

  • Global stocks were mixed on Thursday as data showing Chinese inflation rose to a 16-month high in February spurred policy tightening talk. But experts told CNBC investors should buy stocks related to the Asian growth story.

  • Stocks ended higher Wednesday, led by financials as the sector got a shot of confidence from a well-known analyst -- and investors. Staples and telecoms were the biggest decliners.

  • Bolivian chemical engineer Monica Aguirre poses with plastic containers with brine at a pilot lithium plant in Uyini, Bolivia. The Uyuni Salt flats has one of the biggest reserves of lithium in the world, estimated in 100,000 metric tons.

    For many years, few metals drew bigger yawns from mining executives than lithium, a lightweight element long associated mostly with mood-stabilizing drugs. Suddenly, the yawns are being replaced by eurekas.

  • Stocks continued to rise Wednesday, led by banks, amid a fresh vote of confidence for the sector.

  • U.S. stock index futures were flat to slightly higher Wednesday after Wall Street eked out a gain Tuesday and investors waiting for economic data on the housing sector and business inventories.

  • Stocks eked out a modest gain Tuesday as this one-year anniversary of the March 2009 lows brought a mix of profit-taking and optimism. Citigroup surged while Cisco slipped.

  • Stocks clawed higher after a lower open Tuesday as this one-year anniversary of the March 2009 lows brought a mix of profit-taking and optimism. Cisco sold off after the company announced its much-hyped high-speed router.

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    I do believe that this great stock market rally over the past year — the S&P 500 is up 68 percent and economy-sensitive small-caps are up 95 percent — is in part telling us that political regime change is coming our way this November.

  • Stocks tried to claw higher after a lower open Tuesday amid some profit taking on this one-year anniversary of the March 2009 lows.

  • The Nasdaq 100 index is showing a "pretty good uptrend," noted Roelof van den Akker, technical analyst from ING Wholesale Banking Tuesday.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open for Wall Street Monday, with investors expected to pause after last week's rally caused by better-than-expected nonfarm payrolls data.

  • Stocks ended mixed Monday in tepid trading as investors took a breather after last week's rally. McDonald's and Research In Motion advanced.

  • Stocks opened higher Monday but trading was tepid as investors took a breather after last week's rally caused by better-than-expected nonfarm payrolls data.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open for Wall Street Monday, with investors expected to pause after last week's rally caused by better-than-expected nonfarm payrolls data.

  • Stocks turned in their best performance since early January, up 1.5 percent for the week, as investors breathed a sigh of relief that job loss in February wasn't as bad as expected.

  • Stocks rallied Friday amid relief that the job loss in February wasn't as bad as expected. Commodity and industrial stocks were among the biggest gainers. Large-cap techs were also strong.

  • Stocks rallied Friday amid relief that the job loss in February wasn't as bad as expected. Commodity and industrial stocks were among the biggest gainers. Large-cap techs were also strong.