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CEOs offer mixed picture of future — CEOs, it appears, aren't gung-ho about the U.S. economy's near-term chances of breaking free from its slow-growth malaise. Still, the outlook for the economy, while far from upbeat, isn't dreary, either. The downbeat sales and profit forecasts from many CEOs in the current profit-reporting season suggest the economy's trajectory in 2016's final quarter and beyond is not that much different than the below-trend growth we've been seeing.

Stocks open down as profits miss mark — Stocks openend lower Wednesday as the trend of U.S. corporate earnings "beats" being offset by companies that fall short of forecasts continues to keep the broad market in its sideways pattern.

Stocks inch lower at open as earnings roll in — U.S. stocks opened mildly to the downside Tuesday as investors digest an avalanche of corporate earnings that were mixed, with blue chip consumer-products maker Procter & Gamble faring well but others like heavy equipment maker Caterpillar disappointing Wall Street. In early trading the Dow Jones industrial average fell 18 points, or 0.1%.

Wall St. banks on fiscal stimulus taking center stage under next president — Move over Fed. Wall Street says it's Uncle Sam's turn to get the U.S. economy humming again. With the days of low-interest rates likely nearing an end and Federal Reserve monetary policy losing its power to stimulate growth, Wall Street pros say fiscal policy -- government moves to boost economic growth through infrastructure spending, pro-growth tax policies and other means -- is what's needed to boost the economy and stocks.

Stocks sink, look to end week on down note — The Dow opened deeply in the red Friday, putting it on track for its third straight weekly loss, as traders reacted to a rising dollar and mixed earnings reports from blue chip stocks. In early trading the Dow Jones industrial average was 100 points lower, or 0.6%.

Stocks dip early after back-to-back up days — The Dow Jones industrial average fell into the red in early trading Thursday as investors reacted to mixed earnings results from two Dow components and digested last night's final presidential debate and the European Central Bank's decision today to keep interest rates and its stimulus plans unchanged.

Wall Street cheers defense in election season — Football fans aren't the only ones talking about shut-down defenses. Wall Street is talking up U.S. defense stocks no matter who wins the presidential election in November. "After five years of austerity in the defense budget, we expect defense spending to increase regardless of whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump wins the presidency," Dan Clifton, a policy strategist at Strategas Research Partners, told clients in a research note Wednesday.

Dow gains, seeks first back-to-back Oct. gains — The Dow, boosted by earnings beats by leading companies in the financial and energy sectors, opened higher Wednesday as it looks to notch its first back-to-back daily gains in October. In early trading the Dow Jones industrial average was up 35 points, or 0.2%, and looking to build on Tuesdays gain of nearly 76 points.

Wait! Could that be earnings growth finally turning positive? — Corporate earnings growth is again flashing green after four quarters of drowning in red. Profit reports that topped Wall Street forecasts at the start of the third-quarter reporting season have nudged the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index's earnings growth rate into positive territory, raising hopes that the earnings recession that began in the second half of 2015 is coming to an end.

Dow jumps on earnings beats, weaker dollar — The up and down U.S. stock market is up in early trading Tuesday as investors react to earnings beats from companies in the drug, financial and tech sector. At the opening bell, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 105 points, or 0.6%.
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