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  • Another strong round of retail sales came in this morning, with broad gains across the board in February despite wintry weather throughout much of the Midwest and East Coast.

  • In 2009, the S&P 500 practically retraced its steps from 2003.  Will 2010 be a repeat as well?  If so, here is what you might expect.

  • This Thursday, CNBC will premier its new documentary on the Baby Boomer generation, hosted by Tom Brokaw.  Here are some facts and figures to show why the Boomers are history's wealthiest and most influential generation.

  • The Dow and S&P 500 turned in their best monthly performance since November 2009, while the NASDAQ turned in its best monthly gain since December 2009.

  • The last thing the market needs is jobs data even more confusing to sort through, as the figures have become crucial to determining the direction of the stock market.

  • Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics gold medal

    Following Canada’s victory over the U.S. last night in the gold medal game of women’s hockey at the Vancouver Olympics, Canada has now tied the U.S. and Germany for the most GOLD medals.

  • If you’re not following the minute-by-minute ticks in the Euro vs. the Yen these days, you are lost as to where the direction of the U.S. stock market is headed.

  • Hedge Funds are taking off risk and preparing for a long stock-picking slog this year, according to a Goldman Sachs report which gives one of the clearest inside looks into the secretive industry.

  • "If insiders see the road ahead paved with growth, they will tend to hold onto their shares. If not, they will be quite happy to part with them."

  • 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.