Indexes Dow Jones Industrial Average

  • Recovery sign

    As the US economic recovery looms larger, the gray cloud that has hung over the stock market for so long is finally starting to fade. Here's four sectors likely to outperform in the months and year ahead.

  • At the end of September, we looked at analysts' price targets for the S&P 500 to see which stocks had the greatest expected gains in the months ahead.  So far, 3 out of the October 1 top 5 and 6 out of the top 10 are trading to the upside.   Here is the current list of 15 stocks expected to pop (and another 15 expected to drop).

  • When Dr Doom says the dollar carry trade is about to come to an end and the greenback will soar as equities crash you have to, at the very least, take his predictions seriously. His view is based on the assumption that there is a so-called ‘Wall of Money’ driving recent equity gains and other assets like gold and oil.

  • Simply beating the street with profits appears to no longer be enough to boost stocks.  Investors want sales to beat if they are going to buy.

  • The Dow Industrials continues to teeter round the 10,000 level, while the S&P 500 has hit some resistance around its 1,100 level over the past week.

  • New York Yankee celebrating after winning Game 6 of the ALCS against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

    Congratulations New York on its 40th World Series!  Sure Wall St. is in the same city as the Bronx Bombers home field, but the real reason the bulls on the street want the Yankees to win the World Series is the lift the men in pinstripes seem to give the markets.

  • On a mostly negative week for the markets, where tech outperformed and the NASDAQ 100 was the only major index positive for the week, the Dow finishes in the red to close below the 10,000-mark on Friday.

  • More banks have failed in 2009 than the rest of the decade combined.  The latest data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) shows that the 100th bank of the year has shuttered its windows today. 

  • With Microsoft's earnings report this morning, two thirds of the Dow 30 have now reported.  Here is a summary of how things stand in terms of EPS and revenues.

  • Aside from the London stock market, indexes in the U.S., Europe and China should carry on upwards, according to Daryl Guppy, CEO of Guppytraders.com.

  • The best stock-market rally since 1935 has pushed 93% of the stocks in the S&P 500 above their 200-day moving averages. As upward momentum builds on the market, could some of the laggards be poised to pop?

  • There’s still a week-and-a-half left in the month, but the markets are currently maintaining yet another month of gains.

  • Since U.S. stocks rebounded from a twelve and a half year-low on March 9, 2009, they have posted an average gain of 100.4%.  Here is a look at the best performing stocks since the market rally began. 

  • The CBOE Volatility Index, or investor fear gauge, is about to cross below 20 for the first time since August of 2008.  A lack of fear, usually is a good sign for the markets.

  • The mid 1990s was a tumultuous period for Apple Computer. The computer maker was quickly losing market share as their premium-priced hardware failed to attract a broader following.  Also plaguing Apple was the failed launch of its latest piece of technology - the Newton handheld - in which the company had invested a great amount of resources over the years.

  • McDonald's is scheduled to report before the bell tomorrow.  While it has beaten EPS expectations 6 of the past 7 quarters, it has missed revenue expectations in the past three quarters according to First Call data.  Before then, it beat revenue targets for 4 straight quarters. 

  • PPI after CPI?  This morning, the Producer Price Index (PPI) will be reported at 8:30 am EST. Its counterpart, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) came out last Thursday. Typically, PPI precedes CPI (in fact, many economists use PPI in their models to forecast CPI), but not this time.

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    Exactly 22 years ago today, the markets took their worst 1-day percentage drop in history as the Dow and S&P 500 shed 22.6% and 20.5% respectively during Black Monday.

  • U.S. stocks managed to close the week in positive territory, up about 1% or greater.  The Dow Jones industrial average settled above the 10,000-level twice this week, reaching its highest close in a year.

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    For the past few months, the media has been watching the Dow Jones Industrial Average the way a hypochondriac checks his thermometer. And the higher the Dow's temperature goes, the more we need to sweat.