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    Earnings season shifts into high gear this week, and with nearly one-third of S&P 500 names set to post results, investors hope the news provides a catalyst to buy stocks and leave the market's recent weakness in the dust. Several behemoths, including Apple (AAPL), the largest U.S. company by market value, as well as Microsoft (MSFT), McDonald's and AT&T (T), are due to report earnings.

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     The S&P 500 eked out a 0.14% gain on Friday, extending its winning streak to four consecutive sessions. On CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show, Guy Adami, managing director of stockmonster.com, pointed out the big reversal in the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) on Thursday, signaling bond yields may be headed higher.

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    Earnings season shifts into high gear next week, and with nearly one-third of S&P 500 names set to post results, investors hope the news provides a catalyst to buy stocks and leave the market's recent weakness in the dust. Several behemoths, including Apple (AAPL), the largest U.S. company by market value, as well as Microsoft (MSFT), McDonald's and AT&T (T), are due to report earnings.

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    NEW YORK- The U.S. stock market began Thursday slightly lower, as investors weighed disappointing earnings from Google and IBM against estimate-beating results from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Ahead of the opening bell, better-than-expected weekly jobless claims figures briefly boosted markets. Investors await manufacturing data from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve due at 10 a.m.

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    NEW YORK-- U.S. stocks ended the holiday-shortened week with solid gains, after four straight day of increases on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite. The benchmark index traded sideways on Thursday as investors weighed a mixed bag of earnings results and generally positive economic data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the day slightly lower.

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    NEW YORK-- U.S. stocks ended the holiday-shortened week with solid gains, after four straight days of increases on the S&P 500 index and Nasdaq Composite. The benchmark index traded sideways on Thursday as investors weighed a mixed bag of earnings results and generally positive economic data. U.S. markets are closed Friday for the Good Friday holiday.

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    SAN FRANCISCO-- Tech stocks ended up putting in a broadly upbeat market performance Thursday, as notable gains from SanDisk Corp (SNDK), Netflix Inc. (NFLX) and newly public Chinese Internet company Weibo Corp. (WB) paced the sector's advance and help withstand losses from bellwethers such as IBM Corp. and Google Inc.. SanDisk (SNDK) shares climbed more than 9% to close at $82.99 a day after the memory and storage-chipmaker reported upbeat quarterly sales and earnings. Weibo (WB) shares rose 19% to end the...

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     Athenahealth was falling 1.1% to $144 after-hours Thursday after missing analysts' estimates for earnings and revenue in the first quarter. For the first quarter athenahealth posted earnings of 12 cents a share, missing analysts' estimates of 17 cents a share by 5 cents.

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     Select Comfort (SCSS) was gaining 4.2% to $18.50 in after-hours trading Thursday after beating analysts' estimates for revenue in the first quarter. Select Comfort (SCSS) posted earnings of 31 cents a share for the first quarter, missing analysts' expectations of 32 cents a share by 1 cent. Looking forward to full-year 2014 the company expects earnings close to 2013's $1/07 a share.

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    NEW YORK-- The dollar rose against the Japanese yen Thursday after a round of positive U.S. data in a holiday-shortened week. The U.S. stock market is closed on Friday for the Good Friday holiday. Jobless claims edged up by 2,000 to 304,000 in the week ended April 12, remaining near their lowest level since 2007. Economists had expected claims to hit 315,000, according to a MarketWatch survey.

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    NEW YORK-- Treasury prices accelerated losses Thursday, pushing benchmark yields up more than 8 basis points after a round of strong data stoked market doubts about the Federal Reserve's promise to keep its key lending rates low. The 10- year note yield, which rises as prices fall, was up 8.5 basis points on the day at 2.721%, according to Tradeweb. The jump, aided by dwindling volume ahead of an early close and a three-day weekend, marks the biggest move higher in nearly a month.

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    By Myra P. Saefong and William L. Watts, MarketWatch. SAN FRANCISCO-- Gold futures closed at a two-week low on Thursday, with prices under $1,300 an ounce as some upbeat U.S. economic data helped dull its haven appeal. Gold for June delivery fell $9.60, or 0.7%, to settle at $1,293.90 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange after tacking on 0.2% in the previous session.

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    At the beginning of April, the stock market-- as measured by the Standard& Poor's 500 Index-- broke out to the upside, to new all-time highs. However, that move was short-lived, as the S&P 500 index quickly failed and fell back into the previous trading range between 1,840 and 1,880. Then, last week, the bears got their act together well enough to push SPX down through 1,840-- a downside breakout. That also proved to be false, as SPX rallied back inside that previous range once again.

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    * U.S. jobs, factory data lifts global stocks. * U.S. corporate earnings mixed. * Dollar lower on Yellen comments. By Sam Forgione. Global equity markets rose slightly on Thursday, boosted by data indicating strength in the U.S. economy and by upbeat results from some major U.S. companies, while the dollar trended lower following dovish U.S. Federal Reserve comments.