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All major US indices finished in the black for the week, marking three weeks of consecutive gains, as improving economic data released this week boosted investors hopes of a recovery.
The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 345,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate climbed to 9.4%, the highest rate since August 1983. The March and April numbers were revised upward to losses of 652,000 and 504,000, respectively. Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.
The Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index is a global commodity benchmark which tracks 19 mostly U.S. traded commodities and has led a rally in the past weeks with a year-to-date performance surpassing the S&P, currently up 10% versus 3% YTD, driven in part by a depreciating dollar and speculation of an economic recovery. Here are some stocks that are riding the commodities wave.
The S&P 500 is down today, and true to the trend of the past few months, oil is following. Read on to see what's behind this pattern.
As the markets continue to steam ahead, with the S&P 500 soaring nearly 33% since its lowest close this year, investors looking for opportunities might want to take a peek at the leading sectors in 2009.
How many times have you heard the claim that the market always rises in the long term? It’s a dangerous and misleading market myth underscored by the deletion of General Motors from the S&P 500 and the Dow this week.
The Dow Industrials briefly turned positive for the year earlier this morning. WAHOO! But wait…the S&P 500 turned positive for 2009 nearly one month ago and is now up over 4.5% this year. So why the performance lag in the Dow (compared to the S&P)?
With the exit of Citigroup and GM from the Dow, new comers Cisco and Travelers bring some heft back into the index. As of Monday's close, the price weighted index is taking out $4.44 (combined price of Citi and GM) and adding in $61.41 (CSCO + TRV). Here's how this change will impact the weight of the remaining 28 stocks of the Dow.
The recent rally in the Dow Jones Industrial Average is in its "final stages," Roelof van den Akker, technical analyst at ING Wholesale, said Tuesday.
The S&P 500 crossed above its 200-day moving average today for the first time since May 2008. As upward momentum builds in the markets, the here are fourteen companies that are near new highs.
Often when a company is added to a major index, it sees a lift in its share price both from the publicity as well as from the need for tracking funds to buy the new components. But is there an arbitrage play to profit even more?
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.