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  • Unemployment hit 8.9 percent in April and some predict that number could climb over 10 percent in 2009 as major companies further streamline operations to combat the recession.  While some industries are more labor intensive than others, employee productivity is a key measure that managers and investors look at when evaluating performance.  Take a look at which companies are squeezing the most out their shrinking workforces.

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    Karen writes, "If the correction is back on, what defensive names would you recommend?"

  • Stocks fell sharply Thursday as the Fed's lowered outlook and disappointing economic data rattled investors.

  • Stocks fell sharply Thursday as the Fed's lowered outlook and disappointing economic data rattled investors.

  • Stocks ended lower Wednesday as banks and techs pulled back and comments from the Fed poured water on the flicker of optimism.

  • Stocks pared their gains Wednesday as banks pulled back but investors remained hopeful that the worst may be over for the economy.

  • Hewlett Packard reported earnings after the bell yesterday, and met analyst expectations.  All 30 Dow stocks have now reported -- here is a summary of how the season stacked up.

  • If you're an investor who sells the rips and buys the dips then it's time to make your shopping list!

  • With stocks rallying for over 2 months now, dividend yields continue to fall back to Earth.  The average dividend yield of the Dow 30 has fallen nearly 30% since the rally began in early March.  See how the 30 companies in the Dow compare.

  • In yesterday's extension of the current rally, three more Dow stocks crossed above their 200-day moving averages.  There are now seven stocks on the Dow above this technical threshold. 

  • Market bulls are behaving like a traffic cop after a horrific roadside accident. They are doing their best (and succeeding) at ushering the oncoming traffic along…just keep moving folks, nothing to see here, writes Stephen Schork.

  • The stock market got a boost from economic reports on Friday that showed an increase in consumer confidence and improvement in the manufacturing numbers. Analysts and investors await results of the "stress tests" conducted on the nation's 19 biggest financial institutions, which will be released late Thursday afternoon next week. Find out what the experts had to say...

  • A "good GPS indicator" for investors might be looking at stocks that have raised their dividends, said Peter Andersen, portfolio manager at Congress Asset Management Company.

  • This is “certainly the time you want to start getting into the market,” said Arthur Hogan, managing director at Jefferies. He offered CNBC his current investment ideas.

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    The S&P 500 closed out its best month in nine years despite word that Chrysler will proceed with Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

  • Stocks ended flat for the day as news of a Chrysler bankruptcy filing quashed the day's gains, but logged solid gains for the month of April.

  • Investors saw some glimmers of hope in the economy as various data and Wednesday's FOMC statement helped boost stocks on Thursday. Some bullish experts even said there may be more better days to come. Read and listen to what experts had to say... (Updated)

  • So the final day of the month finds the S&P 500 up 9.5 percent for April, the best one-month showing since March 2000.

  • Stocks opened higher Thursday as investors took heart from signs of recovery in the economy and the Federal Reserve's statement that the economic outlook was improving.

  • Stocks benefited from economic "green shoots" in April but the question is whether the rally will be rained out in May.