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  • Two months into the year, the average dividend yield of the Dow 30 has continued to rise since the start of 2009, despite some significant dividend cuts like those from CNBC parent, General Electric.  See how the 30 companies in the Dow compare.

  • The Dow Industrials, Dow Transports, and Dow Utilities are all hitting multi-year lows now. While the Dow Industrials and Dow Transports have been closing at new lows for days, the Dow Utilities closed below its October low for the first time on Friday.

  • Finishing the day at 7,114.78 yesterday, the Dow closed at its lowest level since May 7, 1997.  7 of the 30 current Dow components were not in the index when the Dow last saw these levels.

  • As the Dow now contains five stocks under $10 (GM, C, BAC, AA, & GE), the Dow Industrials index has come under greater scrutiny on whether it is still a good gauge of the overall market.

  • Gold Bars

    Regarded as a safe investment, gold often shines during turbulent times when increased demand typically drives up prices. For the first time since last March, gold settled above $1,000 an ounce on Friday.  Since its low back in November, when gold was just over $700 an ounce, the bullion has risen 42%. During the same period the S&P 500 has plunged 15%.

  • Stocks started to claw back in the final hours of trading Friday after fears of nationalization smacked banks and sent the Dow to its lowest point in more than 10 years.

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    Instead of asking what Warren Buffett has been buying, we should have been wondering what he's been selling.  Berkshire Hathaway's stock portfolio snapshot for the end of the fourth quarter reveals its holdings in Johnson and Johnson have been slashed by more than half.

  • Disney

    On Friday Disney launched Disney XD in 72 million homes, a new ad-supported basic cable channel targeting boys age six to fourteen.

  • Hey, China got it right. Why couldn't we?

  • For the week ending Friday, February 6, 2009, stocks edged up on a surprising rise in December pending home sales, a smaller than expected contraction in January’s ISM Non-Manufacturing Index, and strong earning results from the pharmaceutical sector.

  • At yesterday's Power Lunch town hall, there was some good debate on whether buy and hold pays off in the long run.  Here is some of the analysis that fueled the discussion...

  • Another silver lining in the current economic environment is today's initial public offering of Mead Johnson Nutrition.  Here's how it stacks up compared to other IPO's.

  • The market rallied with most major indexes up 5% or greater for the week with the NASDAQ gaining almost 8%. The markets shrugged off grim jobs data and were buoyed by the bank bailout plan expected on Monday. 

  • Is it time for investors to feast on food stocks?  David Palmer thinks that's a reasonable assumption. "They're a decent place to be," the UBS senior restaurant analyst told CNBC. "Input costs are coming off their highs; certainly, people have to eat, so, as people look for cheaper calories, (packaged food companies) should be doing OK."

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    The Dow fell on Wednesday after a glum profit forecast from Kraft signaled consumers are skimping even on the basics.

  • Stocks turned mixed Wednesday as some disappointing earnings reports cast a pall over a pair of better-than-expected readings on the economy.

  • Stocks turned mixed Wednesday as some disappointing earnings reports cast a pall over a pair of better-than-expected readings on the economy.

  • Futures are modestly higher today after yesterday's rally, there are some big Treasury refundings coming, on top of some very large corporate bond issuances coming from the likes of Procter & Gamble, Novartis, and Altria.

  • US stock index futures edged lower ahead of the open Wednesday, as investors waited for the next round of earnings and hoped for more details on the government’s stimulus package.

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    In this Web Extra the traders talk earnings from Kraft, Prudential, Ralph Lauren as well as important economic numbers. What's the trade?