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  • The S&P 500 and Dow index broke 8 days of consecutive gains on Friday, after an economic report showed consumer sentiment in August dipped to a 4-month low. Despite of Friday's slight pull-back, all major US indexes are on track to close up 2.5% or greater for the month. 

  • Dividend yields in the Dow index are down about a quarter of a point since early June and 165 basis points since early March, as equity markets continue to trend higher, pushing yields lower.  Here is a look at the dividend yields of all 30 Dow components:

  • On a volatile week that ended with Fed Chairman Bernanke stating that the US economy is nearing recovery, positive housing data, and oil hitting 10 month highs; the Dow, S&P and NASDAQ once again close at new highs for 2009, and end up about 1.8% or better for the week.

  • Compared to an average short interest of 2.2% for all Dow components, bets against these three companies stand at around 8%.

  • Chemical maker DuPont said Thursday its chief financial officer will move to a new role as the company consolidates 23 businesses into 14, as part of an effort to capitalize on global growth opportunities to drive profitability and sales.

  • 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 U.S. Dollar continues its slide, with the Dollar Index falling to its lowest levels since the end of September.  Capitalizing on this dollar weakness are commodities.

  • 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.

  • Stocks rallied Thursday, logging the highest close since November, despite a late-afternoon pullback.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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 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.

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    Think of Wall Street as an obese person trying to find a healthy lifestyle. Then you'll begin to understand second-quarter earnings this year.

  • The trend continues: earnings beat, but revenues light. But that's good enough: stock futures are popping on the news. Why? Two reasons.

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    Chemical company DuPont reported a sharp fall in quarterly net income Tuesday, citing weak sales, restructuring charges and the adverse impact of currency exchange rates.

  • The Dow bolted out of the gate 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.

  • Last night on CNBC Reports, I ran a stock screen on 150 companies scheduled to report earnings between today and Friday.  Here are the 11 companies that came up and deserve a deeper look.

  • Futures indicated a slightly lower open for Wall Street Tuesday ahead of a slew of earnings and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's Capitol Hill testimony.

  • As investors brace for a rollercoaster ride during the second-quarter earnings season, the dollar's weakness in the last three months could have played a key role for some multinational companies.