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  • Hedge Funds Cut Risk, Ready For Stock-Picking Slog Wednesday, 24 Feb 2010 | 8:56 AM ET

    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."

  • Cheesecake Factory Hits New High on ‘Happy Hour’ Monday, 22 Feb 2010 | 12:37 PM ET

    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.

  • Mondays: Even the Markets Hate Them Monday, 22 Feb 2010 | 8:55 AM ET

    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 Post Best Weekly Gain Since November Friday, 19 Feb 2010 | 5:17 PM ET

    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. 

  • 10 Stocks Poised for a Rebound? Friday, 19 Feb 2010 | 12:46 PM ET

    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?

  • What to Buy as Fed Begins 'Normalization Process' Friday, 19 Feb 2010 | 9:22 AM ET

    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.

  • What's the Cost of Olympic Gold? Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010 | 12:00 PM ET
    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...

  • S&P Stocks That Gained Most Since Recent Pullback Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010 | 11:10 AM ET

    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.

  • All Clear For The Correction? Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010 | 5:22 PM ET

    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 - Another Fat Tuesday? Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010 | 12:54 PM ET
    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.

  • This Week's Anti-Greece, Anti-Correction Stock Picks Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010 | 8:48 AM ET

    The average volume this year on down days is stronger than the average activity on up days. The conviction in this market is still with the bears…for now.

  • U.S. Stocks Post Second Week of Gains in the Year Friday, 12 Feb 2010 | 6:18 PM ET

    U.S. stocks snapped four weeks of consecutive losses, led to the upside by the NASDAQ Composite, posting a gain of 1.98%.  This week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed below the 10,000-mark, its lowest close since November 4, 2009.

  • The average volume this year on down days is stronger than the average activity on up days. The conviction in this market is still with the bears…for now.

  • Will the Year of the Tiger Make the Markets Roar? Friday, 12 Feb 2010 | 9:12 AM ET
    Tiger

    Chinese New Year is right around the corner, with the holiday beginning this Sunday. In the Cantonese dialect, many celebrate the New Year by saying "Gung Hay Fat Choy" – an expression that wishes prosperity on others. Investors are certainly hoping that prosperity will be in their fortunes in 2010 (or year 4708 in the Chinese calendar).

  • No More Promises — Traders Want Action Thursday, 11 Feb 2010 | 12:07 PM ET

    From the Greece accord today, to regulatory reform, to company forecasts, traders are no longer buying stocks on promises these days, but instead want action.

  • Beyond the fact that the U.S. stock market — off 7 percent from its 2010 high — is banking on the rescue of a country the size of Alabama, traders have their doubts this Greek bailout is the godsend we need.

  • SI Swimsuit Issue - Does the Market Prefer Blondes? Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 | 7:52 AM ET

    On a whim and based on Darren Rovell's documentary on the with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, I did a quick scan on how the Dow and S&P performed in years that the magazine cover featured a blonde versus a brunette.  You won't believe what I found...