The holiday-shortened week ended on a high note as stocks rallied in response to a promising earnings announcement by Wells Fargo ( WFC), as well as a drop in the trade deficit and jobless claims.

Wells Fargo's big news sent the bank, as well as fellow financial giants Bank of America ( BAC), Citigroup ( C) and JP MorganChase ( JPM), on to the list of the most searched stocks on TheStreet.com.

Shares of Wells Fargo, which will officially report on April 22, surged 30% after saying it expects to post a net profit of $3 billion, or 55 cents a share, in the first quarter, well above the expected 23 cents.

The other big banks rode Wells' coattails, with Bank of America, Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase rising 12% on the Dow.

Meanwhile, Wal-Mart ( WMT) was a big player on TheStreet.com's stock search. Shares of the nation's largest retailer fell after the company reported a 1.4% rise in March sales at U.S. stores open at least a year, missing expectations for a 3.2% increase. Wal-Mart did say that it expects quarterly earnings at the high end of its forecast.

J.C. Penney ( JCP), on the other hand, was up after reporting that comparable-store sales decreased 7.2% in the five-week period ended April 4, which was better than its guidance for a low double digit to mid-teen decrease.

Costco Wholesale ( COST), another heavily searched retailer, saw its shares drop after it reported that same-store sales declined 5% in March, worse than expectations for a 1.7% drop, due to weakness in nonfood categories and gasoline prices.

News about Morgan Stanley ( MS) was also in demand. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company is expected to take an earnings hit due to an accounting matter tied to the bond market rally.

Also heavily searched was Goldman Sachs ( GS), which reports quarterly earnings next week.

Before joining TheStreet.com, Gregg Greenberg was a writer and segment producer for CNBC's Closing Bell. He previously worked at FleetBoston and Lehman Brothers in their Private Client Services divisions, covering high net-worth individuals and midsize hedge funds. Greenberg attended New York University's School of Business and Economic Reporting. He also has an M.B.A. from Cornell University's Johnson School of Business, and a B.A. in history from Amherst College.

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