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  • Every now and then, the time is right for higher-level observations. The equilibrium between stocks and bonds has been broken. There is no "bond bubble." There are children of the baby boom generation who will not purchase stocks like their parents did, and that is quite an important development to monitor.

  • Stocks opened higher Wednesday after a pair of reports offered some encouragement on the struggling job market. Should investors focus on fundamentals or technicals? Scott Redler, chief strategic officer at T3live.com, and David Kotok, chairman and CIO at Cumberland Advisors and CNBC contributor, discussed their insights.

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    Forget arguments over deflation, inflation, and double-dips and read the tea leaves. By pushing yields to these levels, buyers are sending a message of extreme conservatism. A relative melt-up is still possible, but the bond markets are talking, and they deserve to be heard.

  • Data suggests that tax-exempt bonds may continue to rally from current, historic high prices and low yields. But why? This strategist thinks there are at least three reasons.

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    Hersh Cohen, the manager of Legg Mason ClearBridge Equity Income, who has been investing in dividend stocks for four decades, is finding some of the biggest bargains of his career.

  • US stocks posted their best monthly performance of the year, led by the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a gain of 7.1%.  Within the S&P 500 sectors, industrial and material companies rose the most in July. 

  • Can you guess who it is?

  • Stocks ended lower for a second day Thursday, led by tech and consumer shares, after some disappointing outlooks. Financial and materials rose slightly.

  • Stocks shaved some of their earlier losses as financials gained.  Sony and BP shares rose.

  • Weakness in technology and consumer staples has triggered chatter that recent gains may be short-lived. Is the market trying to tell us something?

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    Nuance, the company that makes Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Windows, is in a pretty sweet position: It’s essentially a monopoly.

  • Over the past several weeks the traders as well as Fast Money friends have revealed their top trading ideas for the second half of 2010.

    Traders as well as Fast Money friends have revealed some of their top trading ideas for the second half of 2010.

  • The Dow pulled off its fourth-straight gain, led by DuPont after better-than-expected earnings from the chemicals maker. But the gain was more modest than in recent sessions as a drop in consumer confidence tempered investors' enthusiasm. Financials rose, while energy and consumer-discretionary stocks were among the weakest links.

  • Stocks seesawed on Tuesday after consumer confidence showed a drop in July—to its lowest level since February—on job market worries. Jim Meyer, CIO and co-founder at Tower Bridge Advisors, shared his market outlook.

  • Stocks struggled Tuesday as worries about a drop in consumer confidence offset better-than-expected result from DuPont. Energy and consumer discretionary were among the weakest sectors.

  • One word: Apple.

  • With markets higher for three straight trading sessions, is this a summer rally and should investors put their trust in it? Ned Riley, CEO of Riley Asset Management, and Jeffrey Saut, chief investment strategist at Raymond James, discussed their outlooks and best plays.

  • U.S. stock index futures edged lower ahead of the open Monday in the wake of a strong close for Wall Street Friday and ahead of fresh data on the housing sector.

  • A couple of takeaways from Friday’s solid gains: 1) No sell-off materialized following Thursday’s strong rally. 2) Another encouraging result of Friday’s gains that traders noted: higher highs for the markets for the first time in a number of months.

  • Stocks pushed higher on Monday, following encouraging reports from new home sales and a positive outlook from FedEx. Will stocks continue the trend through the week? Uri Landesman, president of Platinum Partners discussed his insights.