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  • U.S. stocks finished down for the week but up for the year with the S&P and the Dow closing a wildly volatile year up 23% and 19% respectively.  The NASDAQ Composite managed a gain of 44% for the year. 

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    Out with the old and in with the new, or so seems to be the trend among corporate executives exiting their management roles in 2009.

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    A popular investment strategy suggests buying the ten Dow Jones Industrial Average components with the highest yielding dividends. Here is the list going into 2010.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks erased their losses Wednesday — and the Dow and Nasdaq pulled off a gain — after a better-than-expected report on Midwest manufacturing.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks struggled to hold gains Tuesday as the recent rally appeared to lose steam on day seven but investors continued to raise their bets on consumer-discretionary stocks. The VIX held below 20.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks struggled to hold gains Tuesday as the recent rally appeared to lose steam on day seven but investors continued to raise their bets on consumer-discretionary stocks. The VIX held below 20.

  • Best & Worst of the Decade

    Following the sizzling 1990s (the markets’ best decade ever), stocks have had a disappointing decade overall, fizzling in the 2000s.  Here are the best and worst of the Dow.

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    A popular investment strategy suggests buying the ten Dow Jones Industrial Average components with the highest yielding dividends. Here is the list going into 2010.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    U.S. stock index futures indicated a flat to higher open Monday with investors wary of taking bets that could erode gains heading into year-end.

  • Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks are indicated to extend the previous session's gains, aided by European markets that hit 14-month highs on a broader index, helped by energy and banking stocks.

  • U.S. stocks finished the week mixed, with the S&P and the Dow posting modest losses, while the NASDAQ Composite managed a gain of 0.98%. 

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    With Avatar opening at 12:01 am on Friday, everyone's waiting to see if the much-anticipated movie lives up to the hype, and how it performs at the box office. I got a sneak preview last week -- it certainly didn't disappoint me -- I was particularly wowed by the intricate, beautiful world James Cameron creates -- but we'll see if the live action-computer generated 3-D hybrid pulls everyone else in.

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    "Avatar" is easily the most highly anticipated 3-D film ever, if not the most long awaited film ever, as James Cameron worked on it for nine years.

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    The economic downturn has dealt a pretty harsh blow to the restaurant industry, with both the total number of diners and the amount each customer spends declining. Panera Bread has bucked the trend, showing gains in both customer traffic and transactions throughout the economic downturn.

  • 2009's Dogs of the Dow—the top 10 Dow stocks whose dividend is the highest fraction of their price—failed to beat the market this year. So will the same be true in 2010? Paul Hickey, co-founder of Bespoke Investment Group, shared his view.

  • Because there are too many good reasons to buy stocks.

  • There's nothing more gratifying than seeing your child's face light up when you give them the perfect present for the holidays. Oh wait, yes there is: Seeing them succeed throughout their whole life! And guess how you make that happen? You teach your kids about money and investing as young as possible, Cramer says. The earlier you start, the better off they will be. So, this year, instead of buying your kid the hottest toy that's going to make her friends drool, consider giving the gift that cou

    So, this year, instead of buying your kid the hottest toy that's going to make her friends drool, consider giving the gift that could keep on giving – stocks!

  • U.S. stocks finished the week mixed to flat, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average posting modest gains on Friday, following stronger-than expected retail sales and a boost in consumer confidence early this month.   

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    The first reviews of James Cameron's "Avatar" are out and the buzz is building. Despite some early questionable talk about the huge-budget film—20th Century Fox says it cost around $300 million, some reports put the budget much higher—it's now on track to be an enormous hit.

  • The big banks have rebounded very strongly since the early March lows and investors are trying to see if the trend will continue into 2010. Fred Cannon, co-director of research and chief equity strategist at KBW shared his outlook on the sector.