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  • 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...

  • Traders Buy 'Quality,' Reject Rapid-Fire Roots Tuesday, 9 Feb 2010 | 9:14 AM ET

    Coca-Cola signifies the kind of stock that even rapid-fire traders are turning to for refuge in this volatile market.

  • Dow Trapped at 10,000 as CEOs Unsure of Future Monday, 8 Feb 2010 | 9:14 AM ET

    With not many clear forecasts from executives to work on, analysts are taking it upon themselves to extrapolate those better than expected fourth quarter results forward.

  • U.S. Stocks Post 4th Consecutive Week of Losses Friday, 5 Feb 2010 | 6:59 PM ET

    U.S. stocks finished the first week of February on a negative note, led to the downside by the Dow Jones Industrial Average.  This week, the Dow broke below the 10,000-mark, trading as low as 9,835.02 on Friday, its lowest level since November 5, 2009.

  • Dividends Back on the Rise Friday, 5 Feb 2010 | 8:56 AM ET

    Dividend investors might have something to cheer about this year as the number of dividend increases is back on the rise. 

  • Jobs Numbers:  Breakdown by Sector Friday, 5 Feb 2010 | 8:45 AM ET

    The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 20,000 jobs in January and an unemployment rate falling to 9.7%.  The November and December numbers were revised as well.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Super Bowl Matchup: Another Win-Win for the Markets Wednesday, 3 Feb 2010 | 9:18 AM ET
    Vince Lombardi trophy

    The market historically has outperformed when an original NFL team wins the Super Bowl and lags when an original AFL team wins.  Last year was special, with both the Cardinals and the Steelers being members of the original NFL before the merger with the AFL in 1970.  This year, we have a repeat, with both the Saints and the Colts hailing from the original NFL as well.  Will we have another big year in the markets?

  • Groundhog Day: Six Weeks of Winter Ahead? Tuesday, 2 Feb 2010 | 8:44 AM ET
    Groundhog Day

    It's Groundhog Day, the day meteorologists turn to these furry little prognosticators to determine whether Spring will come early or we will have another 6 weeks of Winter.

  • Charts: Dow Could 'Easily' Fall Toward 9,679 Monday, 1 Feb 2010 | 5:19 AM ET

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell below a key support level and looks set to push lower toward 9,679 points in the short term, Royce Tostrams, technical analyst from Tostrams Groep, told CNBC Monday.

  • U.S. Stocks Finish January 2010 in the Red Friday, 29 Jan 2010 | 5:03 PM ET

    U.S. stocks finished January 2010 on a negative note, with all three major indices posting their worst monthly performance since February 2009.