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    Investing in 2010 was even easier than it looked: All you really needed to do was own 12 stocks out of the 630 that make up the three major indices. But if you didn’t have them in your portfolio, you whiffed big time.

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    A team of 15 to 20 top officials at the bank, led by the chief risk officer, has been scouring thousands of documents in the event that they become public, the New York Times reports.

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    There is no U.S. economic data to sway markets Friday, but there will be plenty to look forward to next week, when the December employment report caps a heavy week of important numbers.

  • We’ve updated this post with even more trades from the Fast Money gang!

  • Whatthetrend.com has an interesting list of the non-tech companies that appeared most on twitter over the past year. Basically, they looked for companies appearing the most in tweets and eliminated Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc. The funny thing about the list is that I've barely heard about some of these companies.

  • 2010 was an interesting year for investors, and for the most part, the big money was made in some of the more non-traditional places. The following slides reveal the best investments in each category, from stocks and commodities to currencies and companies with the best cash flows. If you made some of these investments, you were on the right track. If not, lessons learned in 2010 could prove profitable in the year ahead. All numbers are as of market open on December 30th. So, what were the best

    2010 was an interesting year for investors, and for the most part, the big money was made in some of the more non-traditional places. So, what were the best investments of the year?

  • Stocks pared gains in the final minutes of trading but still ended at new highs in light trading Wednesday as investors remained optimistic about the prospects for equities next year. McDonald's and Disney rose, while Alcoa fell.

  • Stocks continued to trade at new highs in light trading Wednesday as the closing bell approach despite an absence of fresh economic reports, as investors remained optimistic about the prospects for equities next year. McDonald's and Disney rose, while Alcoa fell.

  • Stocks continued to reach new highs Wednesday in an absence of economic data as trading volume continued to be light. McDonald's and Chevron rose, while P&G fell.

  • While stocks may see a pullback in the next few weeks, investors should use the opportunity to buy because markets are ultimately positioned to rally next year, according to two strategists.

  • Stocks ended mixed after trading in a narrow range amid a quiet pre-Christmas session following several economic reports that were mostly in line with expectations. Alcoa rose, while Bank of America fell.

  • Cramer finally puts a number on just how much this country could mean to American companies.

  • The rally continues…new highs for the S&P 500, with the index now up 6.3% this month. That gives the S&P its best December since 1991.

  • U.S. companies have recently gone on a “buying spree” for emerging market assets, but the money is about to flow in the opposite direction, with the BRICs using their cash reserves to buy up American firms, said Tim Seymour, founder of Seygem Asset Management.

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    In an uncertain economic environment, your best investment opportunities are in the stocks of solid companies with proven business models, strong balance sheets and steady profits.

  • Stocks closed narrowly mixed, as technology and bank stocks gained strength and drug stocks fell, amid more evidence of a recovering economy in the U.S. and passage of a bill extending Bush-era tax cuts. American Express fell, while Boeing rose.

  • This week ETFs hit a major milestone, $1 trillion under management. Is all the money they're attracting a sign that ETFs are a better bet than stocks?

  • A German business confidence survey rose to a record high, as did a survey of French business confidence. Moody's downgraded Ireland's debt rating by 5 notches (!). Irish 10-year debt now yields 8.25 percent. Also: coal and bank M&A chatter.

  • Here's the "Final Trade," where the "Fast Money" traders give you their best plays for the next day of trading.

  • Yes, according to Jason Kupferberg, an analyst at UBS. He explains why.