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  • In one of the stranger reasons for bullishness contained within often number-heavy and opaque analyst reports, one analyst cites the high-end restaurant chain’s rollout of a “Happy Hour” in the next several weeks as reason to keep buying the stock.

  • Are the markets having a case of the Mondays? Not only do the markets have a tendency to consistently perform worse on Mondays, but in fact for the Dow and S&P, Monday is the only weekday that has a negative average rate of return.

  • U.S. stocks posted their best weekly gain since November 6, 2009, led to the upside by the S&P 500 index, rising 3.13%. Industrial and material stocks were among the best performers this week. 

  • Following a brief pullback in the markets, the S&P 500 index crossed back above its 50-day moving average in today's trading session. As upward momentum builds on the markets, could some of the laggards be poised for a rebound?

  • The stock market, being that discounting mechanism that it is, is not going to take this lightly, but instead treat this as a starting pistol to a difficult period of the removal of easy money for the markets, culminating in a hike of the Fed Funds rate.

  • The NASDAQ Composite is continuing to lead its peers.  Not only is the NASDAQ Composite up for its fifth consecutive day today, but the tech-driven index is also outperforming the major U.S. indexes month-to-date, up almost 4.3% as of late Thursday afternoon.

  • Either those in the corner office are the most frightened since the start of the Cold War or they are going to start deploying some of this cash in some form.

  • Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics gold medal

    Ask the athletes, and they'll say it’s all the years of training, dedication, perseverance, hardship, sweat, and pain they've endured on their path to Olympic glory. But ask a CNBC "By the Numbers" blogger, and he'll tell you something quite different...

  • The worst performing stocks in the S&P 500 during the most recent pullback have reversed their downtrend, outperforming the gains in the overall index by nearly 5% in the past five trading sessions.

  • The risk trade was back on Tuesday with investors snapping up January's losers such as commodities and financials. Is it "all clear" for the correction?

  • Mardi Gras

    As of mid-day today, the Dow is up over 1% but still down nearly 5% from its highest close of the year (a 15-month high) reached on January 19.  So will Mardi Gras help the U.S. Indexes rebound to new monthly highs?  Unfortunately in this this case, it's only wishful thinking as stocks historically tend to downtrend on Mardi Gras. Nevertheless, looking forward the markets will have something to cheer about as the major indexes have averaged descent gains following the 40 day lent period leading up to Easter. Here are the historical averages for the major indices.

  • The average volume this year on down days is stronger than the average activity on up days. The conviction in this market is still with the bears…for now.

  • U.S. stocks snapped four weeks of consecutive losses, led to the upside by the NASDAQ Composite, posting a gain of 1.98%.  This week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed below the 10,000-mark, its lowest close since November 4, 2009.

  • The average volume this year on down days is stronger than the average activity on up days. The conviction in this market is still with the bears…for now.

  • Tiger

    Chinese New Year is right around the corner, with the holiday beginning this Sunday. In the Cantonese dialect, many celebrate the New Year by saying "Gung Hay Fat Choy" – an expression that wishes prosperity on others. Investors are certainly hoping that prosperity will be in their fortunes in 2010 (or year 4708 in the Chinese calendar).

  • From the Greece accord today, to regulatory reform, to company forecasts, traders are no longer buying stocks on promises these days, but instead want action.

  • Beyond the fact that the U.S. stock market — off 7 percent from its 2010 high — is banking on the rescue of a country the size of Alabama, traders have their doubts this Greek bailout is the godsend we need.

  • On a whim and based on Darren Rovell's documentary on the with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, I did a quick scan on how the Dow and S&P performed in years that the magazine cover featured a blonde versus a brunette.  You won't believe what I found...

  • Coca-Cola signifies the kind of stock that even rapid-fire traders are turning to for refuge in this volatile market.

  • With not many clear forecasts from executives to work on, analysts are taking it upon themselves to extrapolate those better than expected fourth quarter results forward.