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U.S. stocks rallied for the second straight week, with all three major U.S. indices reaching a new intraday high for 2009 on Wednesday.
Stocks advanced Friday as Disney's earnings beat and JCPenney's outlook helped offset worries about a drop in consumer sentiment. For the week, the Dow gained 2.5 percent, finishing at its highest level since Oct. 2008.
Ahead of next week's Pixi release, speculation is heating up that Palm is about to be gobbled up. How are options traders betting?
The U.S. equity markets tend to be luckier than you might think on Friday the 13th. Historically and on average, the Dow, S&P, and Nasdaq Composite have been up about 58% of the time or more on the day of Friday the 13th.
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In extended trade, shares of Disney surged as much as 4% after the Mouse House topped Street forecasts. What must you know before you trade this stock on Friday?
Find out why one Fast Money pro says, "From here, I expect to see upside resistance and maybe we even hit a ceiling in tech..."
Weekly jobless claims are a big item for markets Thursday, but the earnings of retailers could ring up some early signals about the holiday season. Wal-Mart, the largest U.S. retailer, reports third quarter earnings ahead of the opening bell, as does department store chain Kohl's.
Historically and on average, the U.S Markets have been up about 58% of the time or more on the day of Veterans' Day. The S&P has averaged best of the major indices on the day of Veterans' Day, up an average of 0.1% and up 64% of the time.
Two bulls, Michael Yoshikami, president and chief investment strategist at YCMNET Advisors and Ryan Detrick, chief technical strategist at Schaeffer’s Investment Research, said the markets are headed higher. They told investors where to be putting their money.
"There are no fundamentals right now that drive the market," says Joe Terranova, "It's all about technicals."
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In Monday's rally, the sector topping the tape was Financials, and leading the way were credit card stocks, notably American Express, Discover and Capital One.
Th e Dow rallied to a new high for 2009 after the Group of 20 pledged to keep stimulus in place until recovery was assured.
Although the Dow has reached it's 2009 high, its current level is somewhat similar to where it was several weeks ago, but what does this tell you about the market's future?
Dow Industrials hits new highs, but other indices lag. In most recoveries, small caps notably outperform big caps, but this has not been the case with this recovery.
With all the buzz around the dollar, the traders are also seeing life in the retail sector... and some see it as primed for the next big pop.
Stocks rallied Monday, coming off their best weekly performance in a month, after the Group of 20 pledged to keep stimulus in place until recovery was assured.
The health care reform bill passed by the House this weekend now moves to the Senate, which has its own version of a bill. So how do investors play health care stocks? Les Funtleyder, health care strategist for Miller Tabak and Ipsita Smolinksi, health care analyst for Capitol Street gave their outlook on Monday to CNBC.