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  • The markets are higher today, with the Dow reaching within 68 points of 10,000 in this morning's trading.  The Dow, which closed on Friday at a new high for 2009 at 9864.94 is currently trading near October 2008 levels, as it also managed to reach a new intraday peak for 2009 today at 9931.82.

  • Two and a half months away from the end of the year and the average dividend yield of the Dow 30 has continued to fall since the market lows.  See how the 30 companies in the Dow compare.

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    The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.

  • U.S. stocks posted their strongest weekly performance since mid-July, with all indexes rising nearly 4% or greater for the week. 

  • The S&P 500 is up 4 percent this week, it's best gain in a long time, and it's a simple story: Alcoa and a number of retailers are all signaling that the economy is slowly improving, and for the moment "slowly" is good enough for the stock market.

  • The markets will continue to grind higher, propelled by forthcoming reports that will show growing strength in the economy, said Alec Young, equity strategist at Standard & Poor's, and Benny Lorenzo, CEO of Kaufman Brothers.

  • Stocks rallied for a second day Tuesday as news that Australia has raised rates revitalized hope for the global recovery.

  • Stocks rallied for a second day Tuesday as news that Australia has raised rates revitalized hope for the global recovery.

  • Stocks bounced back from a four-day losing streak on Monday, buoyed by strong economic data as well as bullish comments from Goldman Sachs.

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    Plus, calls on the banks, tech, machinery stocks and more.

  • Stocks ended lower Friday as a dismal jobs report capped a string of disappointing economic reports this week, which cast doubt on the recovery. It was the market's second straight down week in which stocks have lost more than 3 percent.

  • All major U.S. Indexes declined 1.8% or more for the week, logging weekly losses for a 2-straight week. A pullback in Industrials, a worse than expected ISM Manufacturing September reading, and continued weakness in the U.S. jobs data also pushed the CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) up by 11.8% for the week.

  • The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 263,000 jobs in September and the unemployment rate rose to 9.8%, the fewest losses since August last year but highest unemployment rate since mid-1983.  The August and July numbers were revised as well.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • This is a treacherous market to trade in. Traders have been heavily shorting the market all morning, but the Dow has cut its losses in half, moving from down 128 to down only 50.

  • Despite a pull back in the U.S. equity markets last week, the S&P and Nasdaq Composite are having their best September since 1998 so far, while the Dow is on track for its biggest % gain in September since 2007.  Even though September ranks as the worst month historically on average for all three indices, the Nasdaq Composite has traded up 12 sessions out of 19 as of Monday's close while the Dow and S&P have finished up 11 days of 19.

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    Major US companies are bracing for a potentially stronger strain of swine flu this year that could threaten the nation's already fragile economic recovery.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • U.S. stocks broke two weeks of consecutive gains to finish in the red Friday.  Despite of the pullback this week, all major indices remain on track to finish the quarter up 13% or greater.

  • As we approach another quarter and month end, with just four days to go, the Dow is on track for its best third quarter since 1939, the S&P is on course for its biggest Q3 gains since 1970, and the Nasdaq Composite is having its best Q3 since 1997, based on September 24 closing levels.  Will the markets continue to hold on to gains or sell off by the end of the year?

  • James Hardesty at Hardesty Capital Management and Wayne Kaufman at John Thomas Financial weighed in on where to invest in a low-volume environment and what to watch next week.