Dividend yields in the S&P 500 are down since late June, as a 6% rally for the US equity index this month has pushed yields lower, and companies remain cautious about increasing their dividend payouts.
The Dow opened down 53, but that is the low for the day, so far...it's been straight up from there and the index has now gone green, led by industrials like Boeing, our parent GE, Caterpillar, United Technologies, and a few consumer stocks like Kraft, Coke, and P&G.
These are the stocks that will work – and those that won’t – when the market pulls back.
All the major US indexes were up 4% or greater for the week, after closing roughly flat for the day on Friday. The Dow crossed and remained above 9,000 on Friday, posting its best 2-week percent gain since late March 2000.
The latest batch of earnings took a toll on the market Friday but the Dow still pulled off a gain in the final half hour of trading, capping its best two-week performance since 2000. Microsoft shares fell more than 8%.
As of yesterday afternoon, just over 30% of the S&P 500 companies had reported earnings. Here's a look at which companies have had the biggest surprises so far...
While the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq have all enjoyed quite a run over the last two weeks, 2009 is shaping up to be a tale of two markets: Nasdaq and everything else.
Hailing from four separate corners of the U.S. economy, Apple, Caterpillar, Starbucks, and Merck all beat the street. Throw in the banks and now you’re talking five corners. It’s bullish — 90 percent of the American workforce and rising business may be doing some spending and risk-taking after all. I like this story a lot.
In so many words, the former Princeton economics professor is taking credit for averting the collapse of our financial system; is cautiously optimistic about economic recovery by year-end and 2 to 3 percent growth in 2010; and says he has the tools and wisdom for a carefully crafted liquidity-exit strategy that will prevent future inflation and more asset bubbles. Do we believe him? Is he credible? Or is this a triumph of hope over experience?
She just doesn’t know it. Let Cramer explain.
Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of US Bancorp and China Petroleum popped while Whirlpool and AMD dropped.
Amid choppy earnings, is the rally running out of steam? Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, offered CNBC his stock-market insights Wednesday.
Caterpillar makes all types of construction and mining equipment, a great bellwether for the economy with a market capitalization of $23.7 billion.
Earnings keep coming in better than expected. After the big drops we saw in the last couple of quarters, estimates are looking a bit conservative. As of yesterday, 71% of the S&P companies reporting to date, have beaten the street. So how does an investor find opportunities? One trick is to look at the details of some of the winners to identify patterns that may be applied to companies yet to report.
Another wave of much better-than-expected corporate results Tuesday shows that Wall Street's analysts have badly miscalculated earnings this quarter.
The Federal Reserve chairman’s Capitol Hill performance on Tuesday was necessary, Cramer says, to keep much-needed federal money flowing into the system. Things aren’t as bad as Uncle Ben made them seem.
After hours investors sifted through results from Apple, Yahoo! and a string of other companies; will the latest round of earnings keep the rally going?
A late rally pushed stocks higher Tuesday following better-than-expected earnings from several Dow components. The Dow logged its seventh-straight gain, the Nasdaq, it's tenth.
The Mad Money host makes the call on a few key blue-chip companies and more.
The Dow advanced Tuesday as a slew of components beat earnings expectations. But there were pockets of weakness throughout the market, including chips, hardware, banks and retail. The Nasdaq was lower.