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  • 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.

  • U.S. stocks finished the first week of February on a negative note, led to the downside by the Dow Jones Industrial Average.  This week, the Dow broke below the 10,000-mark, trading as low as 9,835.02 on Friday, its lowest level since November 5, 2009.

  • Dividend investors might have something to cheer about this year as the number of dividend increases is back on the rise. 

  • The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 20,000 jobs in January and an unemployment rate falling to 9.7%.  The November and December numbers were revised as well.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Vince Lombardi trophy

    The market historically has outperformed when an original NFL team wins the Super Bowl and lags when an original AFL team wins.  Last year was special, with both the Cardinals and the Steelers being members of the original NFL before the merger with the AFL in 1970.  This year, we have a repeat, with both the Saints and the Colts hailing from the original NFL as well.  Will we have another big year in the markets?