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  • The Week Ahead: Wall Street Watches Gustav Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 5:56 PM ET

    Gustav has unfurled a wall of worry for stocks in the week ahead.

  • For the week and month ending Friday, August 29, 2008,  the major U.S. Indices ended slightly lower for the week but up for the month.  The markets had a volatile week, sinking first on housing price drops and an up-tick in oil prices, then rallying on better-than-expected GDP numbers, and finally falling to end the week on worse-than-expected personal income and spending data.  The Dow hit a 200+ point rally on Thursday, its largest one day gain since 8/8.  The NASDAQ led the indices to the downside this week, down nearly 2%.  For the August close, the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P all finished up 1.5% or more, marking the best monthly gain since April for the Dow & S&P, and best month for the Nasdaq since May.

  • Quick Market Stats: Week Ending 8/29 Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 4:50 PM ET

    The market rallies on Friday with the Dow, NASDAQ and S&P all up 1% or more, on light volume, but Friday's gains are not enough to boost the market's weekly performance out of negative territory.  Energy stocks dominate.

  • Market Insider: Friday Look Ahead Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 10:05 PM ET

    Ding, dong Dell. The computer marker's after hours earnings miss could put a dent in tech in Friday's quiet, pre-holiday session.

  • Dow Gains 200 Points on GDP, Oil Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 5:17 PM ET

    Stocks advanced Thursday after second-quarter GDP was revised to show growth was more robust than first thought and oil receded to around $116 a  barrel after earlier topping $120.

  • GDP, Oil Pullback Give Stocks a Boost Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 12:05 PM ET

    Stocks advanced Thursday after second-quarter GDP was revised to show growth was more robust than first thought and oil receded to around $118 a  barrel after earlier topping $120.

  • Stocks Get a Lift From GDP Report Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 10:25 AM ET

    Stocks opened higher Thursday after the second reading on second-quarter GDP showed growth was more robust than first thought.   Tropical Storm Gustav, which is readying to move back to hurricane status and heading toward the Gulf Coast, continued to hover over the market and bump up oil prices.

  • Futures Get a Lift From GDP Report Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 9:23 AM ET

    U.S. stock-index futures rebounded Thursday after the second reading on second-quarter GDP showed growth was more robust than first thought.  Tropical Storm Gustav, which is readying to move back to hurricane status and heading toward the Gulf Coast, continued to hover over the market and bump up oil prices.

  • Will Labor Day be a Turning Point for the Markets? Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 8:12 AM ET

    It's been a tough year so far for the markets with the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq down 13%, 13% and 10% respectively on a year-to-date basis.  How will things look when everyone comes back from their vacations and the holiday weekend and volume begins to pick up again?  Here is what history has shown happens after Labor Day...

  • Market Insider: Thursday Look Ahead Wednesday, 27 Aug 2008 | 9:49 PM ET

    Thursday's markets will be quiet, but there are a few important undercurrents investors are watching.

  • Market Insider: Wednesday Look Ahead Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 10:07 PM ET

    Stocks could slog around again Wednesday as the final days of summer fade and trading volume fades away as well.

  • Do the markets prefer Republicans? Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 7:31 AM ET

    With the Democratic National Convention starting yesterday, the conversation over which candidate will be better for the economy will heat up.  Here are some stats on the Dow and presidential elections. With the exception of FDR's takeover for Herbert Hoover, it looks like "Change" seems to be less favorable to the markets than continuity when a Republican is in office. The best year for the Dow, on the other hand, occurred under a Democrat's administration.

  • For the week ending Friday, August 22, 2008,  the U.S. major Indices fell for the week on the unknown future of mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, downbeat home construction July data, and soaring producer prices.  The NASDAQ Composite performed the worst for the week, declining 1.54%, its steepest decline since Independence Day week. However, Friday was a positive day for the markets helped by a welcome speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and a pull back in the price of crude. The Dow had three days of triple-digit point gains & losses, netting to finish almost flat for the week.

  • Quick Market Stats: Week Ending 8/22 Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 4:34 PM ET

    The market rallies on Friday with the Dow, NASDAQ and S&P all up 1% or more, on light volume, but Friday's gains are not enough to boost the market's weekly performance out of negative territory.  Energy stocks dominate.

  • Highest Yielding Stocks On The S&P Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 9:02 AM ET

    Earlier this week, we wrote about the highest yielding stocks on the Dow.  The S&P 500 also has some nice yielding stocks.  If you are worried about the financials being able to continue to pay thier big dividends (with Freddie Mac's big slide, its yield is now over 20%!), there are nearly 40 stocks on the S&P that are currently yielding 5% or more.  Here's a breakdown.

  • Market Insider: Wednesday Look Ahead Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 8:50 PM ET

    It's hard to say whether Wall Street's fear of itself or rising oil prices will be more of an impediment for stocks this week. Both of those trends were apparent Tuesday and could continue to hang over the market Wednesday.

  • Market Insider: Tuesday Look Ahead Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 8:39 PM ET

    Inflation and housing data and retailers' earnings could contribute to Wall Street's early direction Tuesday. But the stock market will continue to fret over the financial sector and worry through every move in the oil markets.

  • Highest Yielding Stocks On The Dow Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 9:30 AM ET
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    Do you believe that financials, pharma and telecom can maintain through an economic downturn? If so, you might want to take a look at the Dow Industrials where some of the largest companies in the world are currently offering investors notably large dividend yields.

  • Quick Market Stats: Week Ending 8/15 Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | 4:44 PM ET

    The market ends the week mixed as oil retreats and the dollar continues to strengthen.  The NASDAQ and tech lead the way for stocks, up almost 1.6% for the week, followed by the S&P roughly flat, and the Dow lower for the week by almost a percent.

  • For the week ending Friday, August 15, 2008,  U.S. major Indices finished mixed, after the markets digested negative results including a surge in CPI, a decline in retail sales, and continued expansion in unemployment claims.  The Nasdaq Composite prevailed amongst the major U.S. indices, as it edged up 1.59% for the week, marking its fifth week of gains.   Nasdaq gains were led by bullish comments on Amazon (AMZN) which gained 7.3% for the week.  The likelihood of the eurozone moving toward recession allowed for a stronger dollar against the euro, continued pressure on oil, and a positive impact on U.S. stocks as a potential safe haven.