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As the markets continue to steam ahead, with the S&P 500 soaring nearly 33% since its lowest close this year, investors looking for opportunities might want to take a peek at the leading sectors in 2009.
Auto makers are posting May sales that are the best for 2009; Ford's economists are estimating that May vehicles sales were roughly 10.4 million; if true that is well above the consensus of 9.4 million.
NASDAQ: highest since Oct. S&P: highest since Nov. Russell 2000: highest since Nov. The markets are trading on renewed appetite for risk based on the green shoots theory.
Most of the large retailers have reported, and the results are better than expected, at least on the bottom line.
Traders expect the market to bump along with a downward bias while it establishes a new trading range, as a lack of economic news and earnings reports in the coming week leaves a news vacuum.
The Dow and S&P 500 closed lower Friday, though the bulls weren't too badly bruised. How should you be trading now?
A modest pop in futures as the Consumer Price Index was flat, in line with expectations.
Options expirations and a few economic headlines are the big factors for stocks Friday. But also, like an economic weather vane, the financial stocks will point out the market's direction.
Stocks gained Thursday as investors returned to financial and technology shares on bets the recent rally could have more room to grow after a brief pullback.
Upscale department store chain Nordstrom says its first-quarter profit fell 32 percent, but the company's results beat Wall Street forecasts.
Nordstrom up 4 percent after the close on higher earnings.
After 3 days of declines, the major indices finally stopped dropping, and it's no surprise that the decline stopped on a day when announcements of major secondaries was very light.
Following are the key questions into the close. How should you trade?
Wall Street's bears are currently behind the wheel, steering stocks lower down a bumpy road.Traders say the debate has been won, and the market has now set its course lower for the time being.
Bank stocks, weak at the open, took another turn down at 3:15 PM ET after analyst Meredith Whitney came on our air and said many of the banks were sitting on "rotting assets."
The economy is turning up, and stocks are on the rise. You wouldn’t know it, though, if you watched the news.
For stocks, May is "show-me time." For the past month, there has been an asset class trade: out of cash and into high-beta stocks like tech, financials, and consumer discretionary.
After months of dismal sales reports, retailers are likely to report a less severe drop-off in monthly same-store sales growth, and investors are seeing this as good news for stocks, but that take on the sector might be premature, warn several analysts.
Investors are holding their breath ahead of same-store sales figures, most of which are due Thursday. What’s the trade?
Stocks jumped on Tuesday after Ben Bernanke delivered a big dose of relief when he signaled that nationalization of big banks was not at hand.