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-This week, the broader market had a hard time maintaining traction in either direction, but the drift was to the downside. The S&P 500 dropped 2.5%.
-Google's earnings beat the most bullish forecasts, driving its stock up 13 percent to $597.62.
-BHP Billiton, one of the largest global mining companies, plans to buy Petrohawk Energy for more than $12 billion.
-Crude-oil closed at $97.24 a barrel.
-And, Gold capped a 9 day winning streak, settling at 1,590/ounce.