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  • The Dow has rallied more than 60 percent since the March lows, but about half of the stocks in the blue chip index have lagged. Should you buy the laggards now? David Katz, chief investment officer of Matrix Asset Advisors, shared his view.

  • Having gained tremendous popularity particularly over the past 5 years, the ETF industry is now a big business, with assets under management expected to crack $1 trillion sometime this year and the number of ETFs to break 1,000 as well.

  • Earnings season gets its unofficial start this evening with the release of Alcoa's fourth quarter earnings.   Analysts are expecting 6 cents per share and the stock is trading up today.  Here is how it has fared lately.

  • U.S. stocks finished the first trading week of 2010 on a positive note, with the Dow and S&P 500 reaching their highest level in 15-months.

  • The CBOE Volatility Index hit its lowest level since May 2008.  Is this a sign of good things to come?

  • The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 85,000 jobs in December and an unemployment rate remaining at 10.0%.  The November 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.

  • When it comes to the jobs report, good news is bad news and bad news is bad news, says Gary Kaminsky. What does he mean?

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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.