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  • 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. 

  • Stocks fell Tuesday amid growing doubts about the economic recovery. There were some pockets of gains in the banking and pharmaceutical sectors.

  • Stocks logged their worst day in a month Monday as a key manufacturing gauge came in weaker than expected and the dollar made a comeback.

  • Today, Cisco and Travelers replaced Citigroup and GM on the Dow.  Here is a look back at the previous 10 changes to the Dow and what happened to the benchmark in the days leading up to and following the change.

  • With stocks rallying for over 3 months now, dividend yields continue to fall back to Earth.  Today, two new components join the Dow, one with a dividend and one without.  See how the 30 companies in the Dow compare.

  • Stocks rose for a third straight week as investors got their game on for a recovery. Still, Friday's trading was choppy as investors cheered an early pop from the smaller-than-expected job loss in May but the market couldn't sustain the gains.

  • Stocks struggled to hold gains Friday as investors cheered an early pop from the smaller-than-expected job loss in May but techs and pharmas dragged and the weakeness began to seep into other sectors.

  • The Dow Industrials briefly turned positive for the year earlier this morning. WAHOO! But wait…the S&P 500 turned positive for 2009 nearly one month ago and is now up over 4.5% this year. So why the performance lag in the Dow (compared to the S&P)?

  • With the exit of Citigroup and GM from the Dow, new comers Cisco and Travelers bring some heft back into the index.  As of Monday's close, the price weighted index is taking out $4.44 (combined price of Citi and GM) and adding in $61.41 (CSCO + TRV).  Here's how this change will impact the weight of the remaining 28 stocks of the Dow.

  • Stocks soared Monday as investors were encouraged by economic reports out of China and the U.S. and breathed a sigh of relief that General Motors finally filed for bankruptcy protection.