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Earnings ‘beat’ rate on pace for 3rd-best quarter in 20 years — Companies in the S&P 500 are topping Wall Street's third-quarter profit expectations at a 76% clip, putting the quarter on pace for its third-best "beat" rate in the past 20 years. Of the 331 companies in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index that have reported third-quarter earnings prior to Thursday's market close, more than three out of four, or 76%, have topped Wall Street analyst estimates.

Visa powers Dow’s early gains — Credit card processor Visa gave the Dow Jones industrial average a big boost Thursday after shares of the most expensive stock in the price-weighted blue-chip index soared after an earnings beat. At 10 a.m. ET Thursday, Visa ( V) was up $16.16, or 7.5%, to $230.80, after it posted third-quarter earnings per share of $2.18, above the $2.10 forecast.

Stocks mixed in early trading — The stock market opened mixed Thursday as investors weigh the offsetting impact of less stimulus from the Federal Reserve with fresh signs the U.S. economy is growing stronger. In early trading Thursday, Wall Street was still trying to gauge how the economy will fare going forward, after the Federal Reserve yesterday officially ended its market-friendly bond-buying program, known as quantitative easing.

Stocks look to future with less Fed support — The training wheels have finally been taken off the financial markets, as the Federal Reserve finally ended its bond-buying experiment known as quantitative easing, or QE. QE was a bold, unprecedented experiment ushered in by then-Fed chief Ben Bernanke to jumpstart an economy that had stalled out after the 2008 financial crisis and resulting Great Recession.

Stocks hope to avoid swoon after QE exit — As the end of QE3, short for quantitative easing Round 3, nears, investors hope stocks don't crater like they did after the Federal Reserve ended QE1 and QE2.

Wall Street eyes Fed's next move as QE winds down — Quantitative easing, the policy experiment the Federal Reserve hatched during the financial crisis, is expected to be phased out by the Fed Wednesdaywhen it concludes its two-day meeting. The bond-buying program, dubbed QE by Wall Street, has been instrumental in helping the U.S.

V-shaped stock rebound catches bears off guard — The stock market's sharp decline earlier this month was followed by a classic V-shaped rebound rally, catching many investors off guard. But can the rally last? Last week, the benchmark Standard & Poor's 500-stock index rallied more than 4%, posting its best weekly gain of the year - and ending a four-week losing streak.

Stock indexes leap on earnings news; Dow up 200 — Better-than-expected profit reports from companies in a wide swath of sectors, including airlines -- where Southwest Airlines ( LUV) and United Continental ( UAL) topped profit forecasts -- and media -- where Comcast ( CMCSA) beat expectations -- is setting the U.S. stock market up for a good start to the trading day.

Stocks flying high; Nasdaq up nearly 2% — Stocks are jumping as of Monday's opening bell. Asian stock markets drifted lower Tuesday after China reported its weakest economic growth in five years. Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 2%. The benchmark dropped as investors cashed in gains from a 4% surge the previous day. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was down 0.01%.

Dow futures fall sharply after IBM profit miss — A big earnings miss by IBM has put a dent in the rebound plans of the Dow Jones industrial average in premarket trading. Dow futures were off about 85 points -- 0.5% -- after rising earlier this morning. The Dow and the rest of the U.S.
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Oct 30, 2014

#earnings season factoid of the day: 76% beat rate for S&P 500 companies is on track for 3rd best in 20 years.…

Oct 30, 2014

#Dow power. Blue-chip index gains all about Visa, as priciest Dow stock shoots up more than 7%.…

Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 29, 2014

#QE end now kicks off debate if market and economy can survive without its monster "booster" shot of stimulus

Oct 29, 2014

#dow reaction fo #Fed & #QE: let things settle out for a little bit; kneejerk reaction often not the final market reaction...

Oct 29, 2014

#QE endings haven't been bullish. Post-QE1 S&P 500 fell 9% b4 Bernanke hints of QE2 at Jackson Hole; mkt fell 11.7% after QE2, says Bespoke

Oct 29, 2014

#QE is history. The fed experiment, at least for now, is over. Rate hike fears now take precedent as 1st step to normalize policy complete.

Oct 29, 2014

#Fed takeways: End of QE as expected; still c need for 0% short-term rates...conclusion: Fed to remain supportive; in no rush to hike rates

Oct 29, 2014

#Fed reiterates that first rate hike timing dependent on incoming inflation and labor mkt data

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