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  • While the stock market continues to reach new highs for the year, dividend yields for the thirty stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial index have remained relatively unchanged in the past seven months.

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    Today is a quadruple-witch day. Quadruple-witching occurs on the 3rd Friday of every last month of the quarter when index futures, index options, stock options and stock futures expire on the same day.  Here is a look at how quadruple-witches have affected the markets.

  • The luck of the Irish has rubbed off on the Dow today, as the Industrial Average is not only trading up for the seventh consecutive day, but it is also trading at an 18-month high.

  • Earlier today, the National Association of Home Builders reported a 2 point decline in their Housing Market Index, back to its level from May of last year.  Details revealed that traffic fell to its lowest levels in a year.  Tomorrow, we get another read on the real estate market with Housing Starts scheduled to come out at 8:30 am and consensus numbers are expecting a drop there as well.  Despite these numbers, housing stocks have been gaining.

  • Wal-Mart is lacing up the gloves in the fight to win the modern day price war in food retail in 2010, according to one industry analyst.

  • Each quarter near the end of earnings season, we look at the stocks in the S&P 500 to see which ones are trading at the greatest discounts and premiums to their analysts' consensus target prices.  We publish the lists in our 20 Stocks to Pop / Drop series.  Now, 3 weeks since we last published the Pops list, here is a check on how the 20 stocks have performed.

  • US Stocks rose for the second consecutive week, with the S&P 500 Index and NASDAQ Composite reaching a new high for the year on Thursday, March 11.

  • With the S&P 500 at a 17-month high investors are buying Burger King and some of the other few stocks that fell or underperformed the index the last 12 months in a bid they will catch-up and fuel the next leg of this bull market.

  • Yesterday marked the 10th Year Anniversary of the peak of the dot com bubble with the NASDAQ Composite now down about 53% from its all-time high close of 5,048.62. Now, 10 years later, the NASDAQ has been a leader in the past year's rally. Amongst the leaders, have been manufacturers of components of LEDs. Could revolutionary LED stocks possibly lead the NASDAQ to thrive once again?

  • It's been a year since the market bottomed. The Dow is up 61% since then. A newspaper stock outperformed discount giant Wal-Mart. What has it all taught us? Take a good look in the mirror, buddy.

  • US companies have cut so many workers that a measure of productivity comparing the prices of products to the cost of labor to produce them has jumped the most since World War II.

  • Shares of American International Group are up over 42 percent in the past five trading sessions, as speculation over possible restrictions and further asset sales on semi-owned government entities have emerged in the past few days.

  • The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index Fund is up 11 percent so far in 2010.

  • Cramer singles out the companies that are weighing down the market.

  • Following today's earlier story on the anniversary of the market bottom, here are some more statistics showing how far markets around the world have come.

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    The impressive recovery since the March 2009 lows has helped 41% of stocks in the S&P 500 to double or more in price in the last year. Financial stocks are up the most.

  • Is now the time to buy the world's biggest stock and market laggard Exxon Mobil?

  • If a bull market lasts for more than a year, its chances for enduring increase. But by how much?

  • US Stocks posted another week of strong gains, led to the upside by the NASDAQ Composite index, settling on Friday at its highest close since September 2008.

  • The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 36,000 jobs in February and an unemployment rate remaining at 9.7%.  The January 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.