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  • 2009: One Very Strange Year Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009 | 2:52 PM ET

    Don't get me wrong: with the S&P 500 up 23 percent for the year, it has been a very good year...the best return, in fact, since 2003, when the S&P was up 26 percent.

  • Best and Worst Commodities of the Decade Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009 | 2:31 PM ET
    Best & Worst of the Decade

    As the decade moves towards its close, CNBC is running a series on the best and worst stocks, commodities, and other asset classes over the past ten years.  Here are the commodities that have made the list.

  • Santa Out of Puff for Dow: Charts Monday, 21 Dec 2009 | 10:39 PM ET
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    Investors who hope for a Santa Claus Rally in stock markets this year are still waiting. This is a typical annual occurrence when equities post modest, but reliable, gains in late December into the beginning of early January.

  • Commodity Stocks Up with the Dollar? Monday, 21 Dec 2009 | 2:52 PM ET

    The U.S. Dollar Index is up for the 8th straight day, rising more than 3 percent during that time. The index’s current winning streak is its longest since the 11 consecutive days of gains back in August 2008.

  • Best and Worst Stocks of the Decade Monday, 21 Dec 2009 | 2:00 PM ET
    Best & Worst of the Decade

    As the decade moves towards its close, here is a look back at the biggest gainers and losers over the past ten years.  For the next few days, we will highlight the best and worst in stocks, commodities and more as you reflect and plan for 2010.

  • Tech Stocks, Oil, & Dollar Strengthen This Week Friday, 18 Dec 2009 | 5:12 PM ET

    U.S. stocks finished the week mixed, with the S&P and the Dow posting modest losses, while the NASDAQ Composite managed a gain of 0.98%. 

  • Now Might Be the Time for Oracle Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | 10:59 AM ET

    This should be an intriguing report from Oracle tonight after the bell, and potentially the best argument yet that this sleeper and not-so-gentle-giant is poised for a break-out.

  • Top Performing Stocks of '09 Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 1:46 PM ET

    Technology stocks are on track to close 2009 with their best yearly performance since 1999, as investors' optimism for an economic recovery continues to push the S&P 500 to new 52-week highs. 

  • U.S. Markets Finish Week Mixed, Dollar Strengthens Friday, 11 Dec 2009 | 5:07 PM ET

    U.S. stocks finished the week mixed to flat, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average posting modest gains on Friday, following stronger-than expected retail sales and a boost in consumer confidence early this month.   

  • U.S. Markets End Week Positive, Dollar Rallies Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 6:45 PM ET

    U.S. stocks posted modest gains this week, following a better-than-expected jobs report on Friday, which boosted hopes for an economic recovery and stabilization in the labor market. 

  • Halftime Report: Was Good Jobs Number, Too Good? Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 1:23 PM ET

    On the surface Friday's strong jobs number seems like a welcome sign. But underneath it could signal trouble for the market.

  • Jobs Numbers:  Breakdown by Sector Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 8:40 AM ET

    The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 11,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 10.0%.  The September and October numbers were revised as well.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Biggest Cash Positions of the S&P Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 8:13 AM ET

    Cash is King!  Whether you are a bull or a bear, having cash on hand helps companies weather downturns or invest in the future.  Here are the S&P 500 companies with the biggest cash positions.

  • 10 Biggest Global M&A Deals of '09 Thursday, 3 Dec 2009 | 5:15 PM ET

    Following months of negotiations, General Electric and Comcast announced today a definite agreement to form a joint venture.  Here is a look at the top 10 M&A transactions this year.

  • The Inverse Relationship Between the Dollar and Stocks Thursday, 3 Dec 2009 | 7:18 AM ET

    With interest rates nearly at zero percent in the U.S., global investors seeking risks and higher returns are borrowing dollars to invest in higher yielding instruments such as stocks leading to a strong inverse relationship between the S&P 500 and the Dollar Index in 2009.

  • Will Afghanistan Surge Make Defense Stocks Surge Too? Tuesday, 1 Dec 2009 | 10:43 AM ET

    All twelve of the S&P 500 Aerospace and Defense stocks were trading up this morning on the news that President Obama has decided to expedite the deployment of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan.  Will the trend continue?

  • November Winners & Losers Monday, 30 Nov 2009 | 11:22 AM ET

    U.S. stocks are on track to close November with their best monthly performance since July 2009, as investors' optimism for an economic recovery continues to push some of the major market averages to their best level this year. 

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    The rally still has some room to go, Dodge Dorland, chief investment officer at Landor Capital Management, said Monday.

  • U.S. Stocks Fall on Dubai Worries Friday, 27 Nov 2009 | 2:14 PM ET

    On a short holiday week where the Dow started off at a new 2009 high before losing ground Friday on concerns over Dubai's debt standing, the markets managed a mixed to flat performance for the week.

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    Dubai's debt woes may serve as a catalyst for a correction in stock markets but it does not signal a new crisis, investment manager Mohammed El-Erian told CNBC.