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    So far this year, Alaska Air Group is the only major airline to show a share price gain for the full year. Through Wednesday's close, Alaska shares were up 13 percent year-to-date.

  • Although investors have shied away from the financial sector in recent months, Thursday's rally in financials could "have legs", said one Sandler O'Neill principal.

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    The stock market's sharp gains since early October came as investors let go of their worst fears, but it now needs a fresh catalyst to get back to its highs

  • Given the weak earnings showings from these tech favorites, investors may be wary of taking steps into this sector. Shunning technology, however, is not the best strategy going forward. This is especially true now that the holiday season is nearly upon us.

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    The VIX gapped lower Thursday on confidence about a deal in the euro zone, but some traders don't believe the message and fear that any decrease in volatility may be temporary.

  • U.S. stock markets may be surging on news of a deal on Europe's financial situation, but Art Cashin thinks there's more to come. "Everything looks great" right now, said the UBS Financial Services director of floor operations, but "I don’t think the game’s quite over yet."

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    Thursday's GDP report may show the US economy grew at its fastest pace in a year.

  • Mad Money, October 26, 2011

    Mad Money host and former hedge fund manager, Jim Cramer, provides stock traders with all manner of investing advice.

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    Take-Two Interactive shares rallied on the first official mention of an upcoming Grand Theft Auto video game release. It may be only the beginning of gains for investors — at least until the title goes on sale.

  • Will Markets Rally Year-End?

    Jonathan Golub, UBS Chief U.S. Equity Strategist, says that although stocks are flat for the year, there could be a year-end rally and now it's time to move into riskier assets.

  • The U.S. stock market has risen almost 10 percent so far in October, one of the best monthly performances in two decades. But investors in high-momentum companies including Netflix and First Solar have been left out of the rally.

  • Nasdaq CEO: Increasing Optimism in IPOs

    Insight on some of the optimism that still lies in the markets, with Robert Greifeld, Nasdaq OMX Group CEO, who says the IPO market is picking up.

  • Amazon.com

    No argument on Wall Street can get you more trouble than trying to make the case one company is cheap or expensive relative to another. But look at Apple and Amazon.

  • France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she arrives for a meeting on debt crisis on August 16, 2011 at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris.

    European leaders have been setting the table for a plan that will likely fail to satisfy the financial markets' appetite for detail. Plus, earnings from Boeing & Ford.

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    In an effort to please shareholders, banks have been aggressive on the buyback front, but such moves are absolutely wrong, according to Rochdale Securities analyst Dick Bove.

  • Amazon is doing so well it can afford to sacrifice some margin growth as it expands into digital media, Robert W. Baird senior research analyst Colin Sebastian told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Over the weekend, it was leaked that Google was interested in helping at least a couple of private equity players to finance a purchase of Yahoo. Most folks have protested loudly against this possibility by concluding that such a deal would never get past the U.S. government.

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    Traders say safe-haven buying has fueled a spike in gold Tuesday morning as investors rush in from sidelines into the precious metal.

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    As markets countdown toward a European bailout plan, traders are finding other things to preoccupy themselves — like the routine of corporate earnings but also speculation about another Fed easing program.

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    Small caps were playing catch up Monday, with the Russell 2000 taking the lead over the big cap indices and on the verge of confirming the market's bullish trend.