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Following a broad rally on Monday, led by upbeat economic data in the housing front, and optimism related to a stress-test on nineteen banks, the S&P 500 turned positive for the year. Here is a look at some of the best performing companies.
As the markets look forward this week to the results of the stress tests, many believe the worst is past us and the rally will continue. Here is a look back at where many of the financials stand today relative to where they were just before Lehman Brothers went under.
All three major US indices finished the week in positive territory, helped by better-than-expected economic data on Friday. The NASDAQ Composite continued its rally, closing to the upside for the eighth straight week.
There is an adage on Wall Street that says "Sell in May, and stay away" referring to the fact that historically, the six-month period between May 1 and Oct 31 is the worst performing 6-month period of the year. But is that the correct way to look at things?
After posting dismal losses from September through February, the markets closed out April with their second straight month of impressive gains. In fact, the S&P 500 posted its best 2-month gain since 1975, while the Dow Industrials had its best 2-month showing since 2002.
All major US indices end April on a positive note. The NASDAQ Composite led the gains among all three major indices, up 12.35%.
First Quarter GDP fell by 6.1%, much worse than expected. This comes after the final numbers for Fourth Quarter GDP was down -6.3%, the worst quarter since Q1 1982 when economic "growth" was -6.4%. Here is a breakdown of where the economy is shrinking most.
The futures are down again this morning with uncertainty of the impact that the swine flu will ultimately have. So far, nearly 150 people have died in Mexico from the disease as it continues to spread around the world. Here are some of the stocks that moved most as the story has developed.
As we approach the 100th day in office for President Obama this week, many will debate the success of the new administration's efforts. While not directly correlated, here are the stock's that have gained and lost the most since history was made this past election.
On a peak earnings week that featured the stress test on the nation's biggest banks, credit cards, and news on the autos, the NASDAQ and technology stocks extend their rally to 7 weeks.
With Apple and Ebay's better than expected earnings yesterday, many are looking to Microsoft, which is scheduled to report after the bell today, as a barometer for the rest of the tech sector. Here are the results of a stock screen looking for beaten down techs companies that analysts expect to grow at a fast clip in the year ahead.
Although down on the open this morning, the major indices are starting today with 6-week winning streaks behind them. The Dow, S&P 500 and NASDAQ are up 22.70%, 27.25%, and 29.31% over their respective runs. On a percentage basis, the indices are having their best 6-week rallies in years.
Asian markets to a large extent, have been getting their cues from how U.S. stocks have performed. So are we setting ourselves up for a much larger correction, if and when a correction occurs, or have the internal dynamics of trading in the markets changed?
The US markets rally for the 6th straight week as fears about a devastating first-quarter earnings period diminish slightly and investors find increasing hope that the US economy may be stabilizing.
20 years ago today – on April 17, 1989 – the Consumer News and Business Channel launched. And how the network has evolved – from showing how to cook chicken in a microwave on the first day of broadcasting to covering the current global economic crisis over the past year.
As Earnings Season gets further underway, analysts continue to revise their estimates for the First Quarter downward. Data from Thomson Reuters shows that year over year EPS growth numbers from last April are now expected to fall 37.8% compared to an expected drop of 12.5% at the start of the year.
With stocks rallying for 5 weeks in a row now, dividend yields are falling back to Earth. The average dividend yield of the Dow 30 has fallen over 25% since the rally began in early March. See how the 30 companies in the Dow compare.
On a short holiday week, Financials dominated the scene, led by positive earnings news from Wells Fargo on Friday. The markets rallied Thursday, with the Dow closing above 8,000 for the first time since last Friday, with all the major indexes gaining 3% or greater.
As we are now into the 17th month of this recession, many investors are looking forward to the breather coming from a shortened trading week. The markets will be closed for Good Friday and many others will be taking off on Thursday for the first day of Passover. But will the markets continue their rally when everyone returns to work on Monday?