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  • A New York Stock Exchange trader.

    "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.

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  • 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.

  • All major U.S. Indexes ended down 3% or more for the week, led by a pullback in Financials, an unexpected dip in April retail sales, and downbeat jobs data, ending the NASDAQ's 9th-consecutive week rally.

  • Stocks flopped Friday, capping a dismal week, as bank stocks pulled back after recent gains.

  • Name That Stock

    Market Trivia Question: Which four stocks have more than doubled since the market’s current low back in March? As investors debate whether the market rally still "has legs," four Dow components have more than doubled since the Dow hit a multi-year low.

  • Stocks opened flat Friday as investors were encouraged by a pair of better-than-expected manufacturing readings but dismal economic data out of Europe and weak U.S. retail reports capped gains.

  • Futures pared losses Friday after a pair of better-than-expected manufacturing readings.

  • With stocks rallying for over 2 months now, dividend yields continue to fall back to Earth.  The average dividend yield of the Dow 30 has fallen nearly 30% since the rally began in early March.  See how the 30 companies in the Dow compare.

  • The New York Stock Exchange, downtown Manhattan.

    Stocks lost ground in afternoon trading but traded in a fairly tight range, though the Nasdaq posted losses approaching 1.5 percent.

  • Stocks opened slightly higher, bouncing off a rough day Monday but moving hesitantly as an economic report showed consumer weakness continues to hamper growth.