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  • As investors brace for a rollercoaster ride during the second-quarter earnings season, the dollar's weakness in the last three months could have played a key role for some multinational companies. 

  • On a week where GM emerged from bankruptcy protection, oil settled below $60 per barrel, and earnings season had its unofficial kick off with Alcoa, the US markets extended their losing streak to 4 straight weeks.

  • It is now four weeks since the S&P 500 hit its recent closing high of 946.21 on June 12.  The benchmark index is down 6.7% since then and some components have been hit harder than others bringing dividend yields back up again.  Here is a screen for companies that have been beaten up but might have good value in the longer term.

  • This Day in Market History

    After a down week in the markets, will we see a bounce back on friday?  Here is a look ahead to tomorrow's day in market history...

  • Monthly chain store sales came out this morning.  See which companies did well and which did not...

  • While history is no indication of future performance, many investors look for patterns in historical numbers to apply lessons learned to today's environment.  As such, CNBC By the Numbers often posts updates on how the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq have faired over certain periods of time.  Here is a look ahead to tomorrow's day in history...

  • With the official start of earnings season kicking off after the bell today, here are some stats on Alcoa and the rest of the Dow.

  • Yesterday's close marked one-week since AIG's 1:20 reverse stock split.  With a one-week decline of over 40% versus an S&P decline of only 4.2% over the one-week period, will AIG's stock price rebound from this sharp decline, or will its shares continue to plummet?

  • This Day in Market History

    While history is no indication of future performance, many investors look for patterns in historical numbers to apply lessons learned to today's environment.  As such, CNBC By the Numbers often posts updates on how the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq have faired over certain periods of time.  Here is a look ahead to tomorrow's day in history...

  • With Alcoa set to announce its second quarter earnings tomorrow, earnings season will officially begin.  Here's a look at what analysts are expecting.

  • Monday

    The futures are down this morning and we are looking at a weak start to the week.  How does this stack up when compared to other Mondays?

  • For the first week of the second half of the year, all major US indices finished in the red, led by the S&P 500, down 2.45% for the week.

  • Fourth of July fireworks

    Historically and on average, the U.S Markets have been up on the day before Independence Day and relatively flat the day after. The S&P has averaged best of the major indices on the day before the July 4th holiday is observed, up an average of .5% and up 70% of the time.

  • The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 467,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate climbed to 9.5%, the highest rate since August 1983.  The May and April numbers were revised to losses of 322,000 and 519,000, respectively.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Now that we closed Q2 and the first half of 2009, let's take a forward look. Here are the historical averages for the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq for July, Q3, and H2. Historically and on average, the Dow has fared best of the major indices in July, Q3 and H2.

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  • All three major US indices had their strongest performance since the second quarter of 2003, when the Dow, S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite were up 12% or higher for the quarter. 

  • Earlier this morning, the NASDAQ was up over 17% YTD, well ahead of the Dow (down ~3% YTD) and the S&P (up ~2% YTD). The relative value of the NASDAQ to the S&P 500 is now over 2.0 and has been hovering around 2.0 for the past couple of days. It actually closed a fraction above 2.0 on Friday for the first time since February 2001.

  • On the final day of the quarter, all three major US indices are poised for their strongest performance since the second quarter of 2003, when the Dow, S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite were up 12% or higher for the quarter. 

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    With one day left in the quarter, the Dow and S&P ended in positive territory as fund managers snapped up winners in an attempt to embellish their portfolios.