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Stocks rallied Monday after a pair of encouraging reports on the manufacturing sector, plus strong bank earnings out of Europe and expectations for strong auto sales. The S&P briefly topped 1,000, a level it hasn't seen since November.
After the Dow ended with its best July in two decades, stocks are starting August on a strong note. Strength this morning is stemming from strong manufacturing data out of Europe and China, earnings out of a couple of major European banks, and optimism over July Ford auto sales.
Stocks got a quick pop at the open Monday after some strong bank earnings out of Europe and expectations that auto sales will show a boost from the "Cash for Clunkers" program. But the rally quickly fizzled.
Stock index futures indicated a strong opening for Wall Street Monday, helped by European markets that hit a broader-index high for the year on better-than-expected bank earnings.
The S&P consumer staples index racked up more than 25 percent in gains since the March low. Nik Modi, senior analyst and executive director at UBS, shares his outlook and sector stock picks.
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.
Options action was 19 times above average in Clorox yesterday as traders speculated on a takeover of the bleach maker.
U.S. consumer confidence rose in June to the highest since February 2008, but the question is: When are consumers going to spend a lot more to give the economy a turnaround? John Faucher, senior analyst at JPMorgan Chase and Linda Bolton Weiser, managing director at Caris & Co. said there are consumer stocks that investors ought to own right now—and a few to avoid.
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The Mad Money explains Friday’s move and tells us what to expect for the coming week.
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You might like Clorox in your wash, but how about your portfolio?
Unemployment hit 8.9 percent in April and some predict that number could climb to over 10 percent in 2009. But how far can this streamlining really go? See the S&P 500's leanest companies.
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Comments made by Intel CEO Paul Otellini after hours could be bullish for stocks.
Consumer goods maker Clorox reported stronger-than expected Q3 results on a notable improvement in margins.
Will May trip up Wall Street's bull? Many traders think it might, at least temporarily. But then again, April defied all predictions that stocks would pull back, as investors continued to buy into every dip.
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The cola wars are coming to an end, and Cramer has chosen a winner.