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  • Biggest Shorts on the S&P 500 Tuesday, 5 May 2009 | 11:47 AM ET

    SEC Chair, Mary Schapiro, announced that she has made it a priority to evaluate regulations on short selling.  As she kicks off her "round table" on the issue with participants that include General Electric, JP Morgan Chase, Fidelity, The New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and others, here is a list of the companies with the biggest short interest on the S&P 500.

  • Cinco de Mayo & the U.S. Markets Tuesday, 5 May 2009 | 11:22 AM ET

    Historically and on average, the U.S. Markets have been relatively positive on Cinco de Mayo, a regional holiday in Mexico that is celebrated by many Americans. Here are the numbers...

  • Best S&P 500 Sectors in '09 Tuesday, 5 May 2009 | 9:42 AM ET

    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.

  • Financials Stress: Performance Since Lehman Monday, 4 May 2009 | 9:45 AM ET

    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.

  • Market 360: The Week's Best & Worst Friday, 1 May 2009 | 5:23 PM ET

    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.

  • Is "Sell in May" a Good Strategy? Friday, 1 May 2009 | 8:02 AM ET

    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?

  • Sector Dogs Bark Loudest Friday, 1 May 2009 | 7:38 AM ET

    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.

  • April Summary: The Month's Best & Worst Thursday, 30 Apr 2009 | 5:37 PM ET

    All major US indices end April on a positive note.  The NASDAQ Composite led the gains among all three major indices, up 12.35%.

  • Over a Century of President's First 100 Days Wednesday, 29 Apr 2009 | 3:43 PM ET
    First Term:3/3/1897 42.13 6/11/1897 42.54 Second Term:3/2/1901 67.67 6/11/1901 76.11 * (McKinley was assassinated during his second term)
  • Plunge in GDP:  Where Economy is Shrinking Most Wednesday, 29 Apr 2009 | 8:48 AM ET

    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.

  • Trading Swine Flu: Winners and Losers Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009 | 9:26 AM ET

    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.

  • Best and Worst Stocks Since Obama's Inauguration Monday, 27 Apr 2009 | 1:23 PM ET

    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.

  • Market 360: The Week's Best & Worst Friday, 24 Apr 2009 | 4:57 PM ET

    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.

  • 10 Tech Stocks with High Growth Forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2009 | 12:50 PM ET
    Teck Stocks

    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.

  • Can Stocks Extend Their 6-Week Winning Streak? Monday, 20 Apr 2009 | 10:38 AM ET

    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. 

  • Look for the S&P to Fall Below 600: Analyst Sunday, 19 Apr 2009 | 11:14 PM ET

    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?

  • Market 360: The Week's Best & Worst Friday, 17 Apr 2009 | 4:58 PM ET

    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.

  • CNBC Turns 20: Best Performers Over 2 Decades Friday, 17 Apr 2009 | 8:41 AM ET
    CNBC's 20th Anniversary

    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.

  • Bearish Sentiment Grows as Earnings Ramp Up Monday, 13 Apr 2009 | 11:45 AM ET

    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.

  • Highest Dividend Yields of the Dow Monday, 13 Apr 2009 | 8:24 AM ET

    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.