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    Ten years ago, investors were debating between new economy and old economy stocks.  Looking back, it is the old economy stocks that outperformed.  Are there lessons learned over the past decade, that can help us determine some potential investments for the new decade?

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    Blackrock Vice Chairman Bob Doll says 2010 will be positive for stocks but there could be bumps along the way.

  • Soft commodities welcomed the New Year with new multi-year highs. Raw Sugar ICE futures for March delivery rallied to a 29-year high on Tuesday, and traded at an intraday high of 29.8 cents/lbs, its highest level since January 1981, as it has further extended its rally in a market in which prices rose 128% last year.

  • "So goes January, so goes the year" is a common saying on Wall St.  Will the same hold true this year?

  • U.S. stocks finished down for the week but up for the year with the S&P and the Dow closing a wildly volatile year up 23% and 19% respectively.  The NASDAQ Composite managed a gain of 44% for the year. 

  • After being rocked by the financial crisis in 2008, world markets rebounded in the last 3 quarters of 2009. Hefty double-digit gains around the world gave many of those major indices their best year of gains in 6-10 years.

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    A popular investment strategy suggests buying the ten Dow Jones Industrial Average components with the highest yielding dividends. Here is the list going into 2010.

  • By the close of trade on Thursday December 31st, stocks will likely record their best year of gains since 2003. After a move like that, how should you trade going forward?

  • Volatility was absent from the markets yesterday as the Dow had its tightest intraday swing in nearly 3 years.

  • Best & Worst of the Decade

    Following the sizzling 1990s (the markets’ best decade ever), stocks have had a disappointing decade overall, fizzling in the 2000s.  Here are the best and worst of the Dow.

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    A popular investment strategy suggests buying the ten Dow Jones Industrial Average components with the highest yielding dividends. Here is the list going into 2010.

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    Odds are good that stocks will ride out the final week of the year on an upswing that could continue into early January.

  • 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 is the list of S&P Sectors ranking and the best and worst of the Winners & Losers.

  • It has been over a month and a half since the US House of Representatives passed its version of health care reform and today, the Senate passed its bill.  Now the two bills must be reconciled and the debate will continue to heat up.  Here are the biggest S&P Health Care gainers and losers over the past 6 months.

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    Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and historically has been the start of annual Santa Claus rallies.  Here's a look at what happens when Santa decides if we have been naughty or nice.

  • That seems to be a strategy that some investors should have employed in 2009.

  • 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 & 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.

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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.

  • 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.