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  • As investors look ahead, following the Dow and S&P 500 best 6-month performance since 1933, here is a look at how both equity indexes performed 6-months and 12-months after a 6-month rally greater than 30%.

  • Winners & Losers Since March 9th Low Tuesday, 25 Aug 2009 | 12:27 PM ET

    As the stock market continues to gain steam, with all major US indices higher by 46% or more since the market rebound began, companies in the S&P 500 have outperformed the average gains of the Dow and Nasdaq 100 components. 

  • Highest Dividend Yields of the Dow Monday, 24 Aug 2009 | 11:23 AM ET

    Dividend yields in the Dow index are down about a quarter of a point since early June and 165 basis points since early March, as equity markets continue to trend higher, pushing yields lower.  Here is a look at the dividend yields of all 30 Dow components:

  • Charts Signal 'Buy', Dow Heads for 12,000 Monday, 24 Aug 2009 | 5:34 AM ET

    "Things look bullish on most stock markets," Royce Tostrams, technical analyst at Tostrams Groep said Monday. He told CNBC that last week the markets formed a higher low, signaling a "buy" signal.

  • Market 360: The Week's Best & Worst Friday, 21 Aug 2009 | 4:41 PM ET

    On a volatile week that ended with Fed Chairman Bernanke stating that the US economy is nearing recovery, positive housing data, and oil hitting 10 month highs; the Dow, S&P and NASDAQ once again close at new highs for 2009, and end up about 1.8% or better for the week.

  • August Gains, But September Looms Friday, 21 Aug 2009 | 10:51 AM ET

    Sure the market has continued its summer rally, with the Dow and S&P up over another 3% each month-to-date.  But how long can the rally last without a pullback?  Historically, September is the worst month on average for the markets.

  • Google's 5-yr Anniversary, By the Numbers Wednesday, 19 Aug 2009 | 9:05 AM ET

    Investors were going gaga for Google (GOOG) five years ago today. In one of the most anticipated IPOs over the past decade, the Internet search company priced nearly 20 million shares at $85 per share, raising $1.7 billion dollars through an auction of its shares.

  • 3 Dow Stocks with High Short Interest Wednesday, 19 Aug 2009 | 8:31 AM ET

    Compared to an average short interest of 2.2% for all Dow components, bets against these three companies stand at around 8%.

  • Stocks May Fall 4-5%, Dow 8,800: Portfolio Manager Wednesday, 19 Aug 2009 | 5:58 AM ET

    Stock markets are due for a short-term correction of four or five percent, King Lip, portfolio manager at Baker Avenue Asset Management, said Wednesday. But he remains positive on the market for the long term.

  • Markets Lose August Gains Monday, 17 Aug 2009 | 11:25 AM ET

    U.S. and European markets are notably weak today following a strong sell-off in Asia. As a result of today’s sell-off, most major indices around the world have shed their August gains.

  • Leaders and Laggards of the Tech Charge Monday, 17 Aug 2009 | 10:48 AM ET

    Tech companies in the S&P 500 have been a major force in the recent rally, up 15.9% on average since their July 10th lows. Here is a look at which tech stocks are leading and which are lagging in the recent rally.

  • Market 360: The Week's Best & Worst Friday, 14 Aug 2009 | 5:12 PM ET

    All major US indices break four weeks of consecutive gains, closing to the downside on Friday, after a drop in consumer sentiment data in August. 

  • Tech Laggards Play Catch Up Thursday, 13 Aug 2009 | 9:25 AM ET

    Shortly after the March lows, we wrote a story about the tech led rally.  In the article, we pointed out which tech stocks were leading and which were lagging.  Now, as one of our readers wrote in, the story has changed and he has profited from it.

  • Anticipating the Fed Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009 | 9:42 AM ET

    Around 2:15 pm EST today, the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee will make its announcement on the Fed Funds Target Rate.  What may we expect?

  • Looking for R&R?  Check Out These Leisure Stocks Tuesday, 11 Aug 2009 | 7:30 AM ET
    Beach

    Priceline.com was up 14% yesterday after beating Q2 earnings estimates on strong sales and bookings and guiding above expectations for its current third quarter. The company noted that its results have been and continue to be helped by strong demand for leisure travel this summer, which has been spurred by lower prices via heavy discounting.

  • Transports On the Move Monday, 10 Aug 2009 | 7:47 AM ET
    Trucks on roadway.

    The Dow Jones Transportation Average strongly outperformed the other major indices on Friday, rising 4 percent on broad strength from truckers YRC Worldwide (YRCW) and Ryder (R), railroads CSX (CSX) and Norfolk Southern (NSC), and airlines AMR (AMR) and Continental Airlines (CAL).

  • Market 360: The Week's Best & Worst Friday, 7 Aug 2009 | 4:33 PM ET

    On a week where the US markets once again hit new highs for 2009, and the 4th consecutive week of gains helped by the better-than-expected jobs report, the major indexes are all up about 2% or greater for the week, except for the NASDAQ which ended up only about 1% for the week.

  • 3 Stocks Poised to Gain From Customer Satisfaction Friday, 7 Aug 2009 | 9:22 AM ET

    As the economy recovers, consumers are expected to open their wallets a bit more.  Where  those dollars go will partly depend on how companies have treated their customers.  Here are three stocks that may see gains in the months ahead.

  • Jobs Numbers:  Breakdown by Sector Friday, 7 Aug 2009 | 8:42 AM ET

    The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 247,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate fell to 9.4%, the fewest losses since August last year.  The June and May  numbers were revised downward as well.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Where Is the Power From the Utilities Sector? Wednesday, 5 Aug 2009 | 8:47 AM ET
    Power lines

    The S&P 500 is now up over 11% year-to-date and up over 50% since the March lows.  By comparison, the utility sector is down over 1% YTD and up ~30% since its March low and has been the second worst performing sector of this rally (only telecom is worse).