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  • Today, McDonald's Corporation marked the beginning of its 50th anniversary celebration by introducing its 50th anniversary restaurant design at an event at the "Rock 'n' Roll McDonald's" in downtown Chicago. This rendering of McDonald's one-of-a-kind futuristic restaurant design which will be built on its Chicago flagship site at 600 N. Clark Street is expected to open in April 2005. McDonald's founder Ray Kroc opened his first restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois, on April 15, 1955. (PRNewsfoot)

    It is now one month since the summer rally started on July 11.  Which is the worst-performing Dow component since the start of the summer rally?

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    A sigh of relief can be heard by all after two brutal years in the equity markets. But there is something interesting occurring that is gaining little attention. Companies with consistent, stable cash flow, (and not highly leveraged) are underperforming more risky leveraged assets. What's going on?

  • Although markets have run quite far and could use a correction, Bill Smead, CEO and CIO of Smead Capital Management and David Joy, chief market strategist at RiverSource Investments said they are bullish about the markets. They shared their buying strategies with investors.

  • Although markets have run quite far and could use a correction, Bill Smead, CEO and CIO of Smead Capital Management and David Joy, chief market strategist at RiverSource Investments said they are bullish about the markets. They shared their buying strategies with investors.

  • On a week where the US markets once again hit new highs for 2009, and the 4th consecutive week of gains helped by the better-than-expected jobs report, the major indexes are all up about 2% or greater for the week, except for the NASDAQ which ended up only about 1% for the week.

  • The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 247,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate fell to 9.4%, the fewest losses since August last year.  The June and May  numbers were revised downward as well.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Both the S&P and Dow edged higher on Tuesday after better-than-expected economic data further suggested a recovery was underway...

  • Stocks ended flat Tuesday as investors took a breather after Monday's blockbuster rally.

  • Cramer doesn’t think so – here’s why. Plus, get calls on machinery stocks, IPOs and more.

  • Interest rate sensitive stocks are the market leaders today. Banks, REITs, and home builders are all strong intraday. The advance in REITs is curious, since the fundamentals on commercial real estate remain poor.

  • Stocks wavered Tuesday with investors nudging them only modestly higher by lunchtime. Is there still room to run or the rally done?

  • Jeff Layman, of BKD Wealth Advisors, and William Lefkowitz, of V-Finance, shared their best stock and sector plays for the dog days of summer.

  • Plus, get calls on the banks, natural gas and more.

  • The recovery trade continues today. Cyclicals are notably outperforming more defensive names once again, with the Morgan Stanley Cyclical Index is up 3 percent, while the Morgan Stanley Consumer Index is up just 0.75 percent. This extends the recent trend that has taken place during the current summer rally.

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    In sports, it’s important to play defense AND offense. In investing, the same holds true. After months of defensive strategies, consider your overall offensive strategy as we seem to be seeing an apparent turn in the world's economic fortunes.

  • US markets hit the highest levels of 2009 enforcing a summer rally, and turned in the best July since 1989 for the Dow, and 1997 for the S&P and Nasdaq.  Additionally, July was the best monthly performance for the Dow since October, 2002, and April, 2009 for the S&P and Nasdaq.

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    Let’s call this what it is: A new bull market in stocks has emerged from the ashes of the financial meltdown and the deep recession that followed. And it’s signaling the onset of economic recovery.

  • As highlighted yesterday, the stock markets have been on fire this July, turning up the summer heat with the Dow and S&P now on pace for their best July in twenty and twelve years respectively. For the month (as of the close today), the Dow is up 8.6%, the S&P is up 7.4%, and the Nasdaq is up 7.8%.

  • The recent rally in the stock market continued today, as the major indexes reached new heights for the year during intraday trading, with the Dow and S&P 500 up nearly 1 percent.

  • The US isn’t number one anymore. Now, it’s the Middle Kingdom that holds sway over the market.