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    Today is a quadruple-witch day. Quadruple-witching occurs on the 3rd Friday of every quarter when index futures, index options, stock options and stock futures expire on the same day.  Here is a look at how quadruple-witches have affected the markets.

  • 3M has soared almost 80 percent since the March market low, and recently hit its 52-week high. Where's the stock headed? Deane Dray, senior diversified industrials analyst at FBR Capital Markets, shared his views on the company.

  • Stocks rallied for a third day Wednesday, jumping more than 1 percent, as industrial production rose for a second straight month and weakness in the dollar boosted commodity and industrial stocks.

  • The Consumer Price Index, a measure of the average price level of a basket of consumer goods and services, was up 0.4% for the month of August, while the core CPI rate, excluding energy and food, rose 0.1%. On a year-over-year basis, consumer prices were down 1.4%.

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    Wall Street's bulls are convinced there is enough good news to graze on for a while longer.

  • Strong manufacturing data and robust retail sales figures sent the S&P 500 to its highest level for 2009, on Tuesday – one year to the day since Lehman Brothers collapsed.

  • Stocks pulled off 0.5 percent gain Tuesday after a rocky session in which investors juggled some encouraging economic reports with disappointing earnings from two retailers. Industrials including Alcoa, DuPont and Caterpillar led the rally.

  • Stocks moved into positive territory Monday afternoon as tech, bank and drug stocks gained and volatility waned.

  • One year ago on Sunday September 14, Lehman Brothers was scrambling before declaring bankruptcy later that night and Bank of America announced a deal to acquire Merrill Lynch.  Here is a look at where major indices and stocks look one year later.

  • U.S. stocks broke their five-day winning streak on Friday, as a pullback in oil prices led investors to take profits ahead of the weeking; however, all indices posted gains of nearly two percent or more for the week.

  • Stocks closed higher after faltering for awhile on a Federal Reserve report that the economy will remain weak due largely to unemployment.

  • Futures indicated a lower open for Wall Street on Wednesday as investors paused ahead of key U.S. data, having pushed markets to 11-month highs the previous day,

  • All major U.S. indices closed to the upside on Friday, as less than expected job losses in August led investors to focus on the positive side of a mixed payroll report, which showed that the unemployment rate jumped to 9.7%, or its highest level since 1983.

  • 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.