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  • Now that we closed Q2 and the first half of 2009, let's take a forward look. Here are the historical averages for the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq for July, Q3, and H2. Historically and on average, the Dow has fared best of the major indices in July, Q3 and H2.

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    Sunday was the official start of summer as the summer solstice, the day when the Earth's axis is most inclined toward / away from the sun, occurred.  Here are the historical averages for the markets and last year's biggest gainers between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox:

  • Which of these companies’ CEOs made the cut? Read on to find out.

  • African countries are improving politically and economically and their businesses are doing "great," said Lawrence Speidell, portfolio manager at Frontier Market Asset Management.

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    Here's our Fast Money Final Trade. Our gang gives you tomorrow's best trades, right now!

  • Mad Money needed new inductees for its Wall of Shame, so we asked viewers for nominations. Read on for their top (bottom?) picks, and vote for your least favorite at the end.  Notice a certain chief executive that didn't make the list? E-mail us your suggestion at .

    Mad Money needed new inductees for its Wall of Shame, so we asked viewers for nominations. Read on for their top (bottom?) picks, and vote for your least favorite at the end.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • As June 1 looms closer, the likelihood of General Motors declaring bankruptcy seems more real.  If that is the case, which company might succeed GM as the next component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

  • If you’re a coffee drinker you might have to dig a little deeper into your wallet to pay for that next bag of beans.

  • Hewlett Packard reported earnings after the bell yesterday, and met analyst expectations.  All 30 Dow stocks have now reported -- here is a summary of how the season stacked up.

  • Last year (2008) was an extremely quiet one for initial public offerings, with only 21 IPOs hitting the market. By comparison, 159 took place in 2007. Recently, there has been a relative flurry of IPO activity; three of the four IPOs on US exchanges this year have hit in the past two weeks: Rosetta Stone (RST), Changyou.com (CYOU) and Bridgepoint Education (BPI). April 2009 is already the most active month since July 2008. Thus far, however, all the IPOs this year have been tiny by historical st

    pril 2009 is already the most active month since July 2008. Thus far, however, all the IPOs this year have been tiny by historical standards.

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    The Dow and S&P 500 closed lower Friday, though the bulls weren't too badly bruised. How should you be trading now?

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    Even though Warren Buffett always says he likes stocks more when they're cheaper, he didn't do a lot of buying as Wall Street's major indexes fell to their bear-market lows (so far) in early March.  Berkshire Hathaway's first quarter stock portfolio snapshot shows no blockbuster buys. A few stakes did, however, get bigger during the first three months on the year.

  • With stocks rallying for over 2 months now, dividend yields continue to fall back to Earth.  The average dividend yield of the Dow 30 has fallen nearly 30% since the rally began in early March.  See how the 30 companies in the Dow compare.

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    Comments made by Intel CEO Paul Otellini after hours could be bullish for stocks.

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    Stocks lost ground in afternoon trading but traded in a fairly tight range, though the Nasdaq posted losses approaching 1.5 percent.