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With the futures up this morning, be on the watch for a technical milestone this week. Both the S&P and the Dow Jones Industrial Averages are poised to cross over their 200-day moving averages.
The trend for stocks is higher, yet gains in June may be harder to come by unless economic data perks up.
On a week dominated by GM, a weak dollar, and a rally in the commodities complex, the US markets rallied on Friday, to finish May in positive territory.
Yesterday, we ran a poll to see which company should replace GM in the Dow if it goes bankrupt. With over 5,000 votes cast, there are some interesting observations and comments that came in from our readers. Here's what they had to say.
Since the beginning of the year, many companies have seen their market cap more than doubled, while others have seen sharp drops in the valuation of their companies.
100 days have now passed since President Obama signed the $787 billion economic stimulus bill into law. Signed less than a month into his administration, the stimulus package provides notable investments into infrastructure/construction, renewable fuels/alternative energy, farming/agriculture, and healthcare.
As June 1 looms closer, the likelihood of General Motors declaring bankruptcy seems more real. If that is the case, which company might succeed GM as the next component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average?
Unemployment hit 8.9 percent in April and some predict that number could climb over 10 percent in 2009 as major companies further streamline operations to combat the recession. While some industries are more labor intensive than others, employee productivity is a key measure that managers and investors look at when evaluating performance. Take a look at which companies are squeezing the most out their shrinking workforces.
"It's a 'show me' period, but the expectation is that the data is going to disappoint, as it mostly has for the last few weeks," said Binky Chadha, chief U.S. strategist at Deutsche Bank.
On a week dominated by a new credit card bill and concerns over the US government debt AAA-credit rating, the markets end the week roughly flat to positive, following an abrupt reversal late Friday.
Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer. As investors take some time off this weekend, they will be happy to know that historically, the markets are up more often than not between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Crude oil reached a six-month high on Wednesday, lifted by a significant drop in oil inventories ahead of the summer driving. Will upward momentum on crude futures continue as hopes of a healing economy emerge? If so, a look at the S&P 500 Energy group might provide some guidance to investors seeking to place bets on crude prices moving higher.
Hewlett Packard reported earnings after the bell yesterday, and met analyst expectations. All 30 Dow stocks have now reported -- here is a summary of how the season stacked up.
Stocks ended a rocky session mixed as a banks rally fizzled and an unexpected drop in housing starts left investors a little shaky. Still, a gauge of fear dropped below a key level.
Stocks bounced back Tuesday as banks rallied and a gauge of fear in the market dropped significantly.
Stocks declined Tuesday after housing starts unexpectedly fell to a record low.
Futures pared gains Tuesday after housing starts unexpectedly fell to a record low. Futures had been pointing higher for most of the morning, buoyed by news that banks may break free from the government's grip.
As Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan Chase are amongst the first banks expected to pay back the TARP, the S&P Financials have been leading the charge since this rally began. But which banks have been the best performers of late?
The VIX, a.k.a. the investor fear gauge, hit an intraday low of 30.59 on Friday. The volatility index has not closed below 30 since September 12, 2008, and if history is an indicator, a crossover below the 30 mark is a bullish signal.