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  • With the economy on the mend, the next few earnings seasons are set to give investors a good perspective on the trajectory of the overall economy, and individual company reports can do the same for specific segments of the market.  As earnings season comes to its midway point, Cramer has put together a list of 20 February 2010 earnings reports to watch; suggesting that if you pay close attention to these companies, you'll get a good handle on both the sector they represent and the overall health

    As earnings season comes to its midway point, Cramer put together a list of 20 February 2010 earnings reports. So, what are the most important earnings reports to watch?

  • Think the TARP tax rocked the market? That doesn’t compare to the next possible jolt it may get.

  • How are events in Washington affecting the markets and Wall Street? Bruce Kasman, chief U.S. economist at JPMorgan, and Erik Ogard, director at Russell Investment Group, shared their insights.

  • US President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union address

    Attendees had a good excuse for looking bleary-eyed in the morning--watching Obama's State of the Union address. And they certainly got the message

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    The global slowdown has caused a radical change in the way people buy and use products, but fast-moving consumer goods like Coca-Cola are less impacted by the change, Muhtar Kent, CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Investors who want to make money in this environment should be buying a different kind of bank, the Mad Money host says.

  • Where are the opportunities outside the United States and what is the best strategy for investors who want to put their money outside the country? David Winters, CEO of Wintergreen Advisers, shared his ideas.

  • On a week where Alcoa kicked off the earnings season with a miss, oil fell back below $80 per barrel, and the equity markets hit new intraday 52-week highs before losing momentum Friday with a triple digit loss for the Dow, and ended up turning in a negative weekly performance.

  • U.S. stocks finished the first trading week of 2010 on a positive note, with the Dow and S&P 500 reaching their highest level in 15-months.

  • The traders are closely watching two downgraded stocks after JPMorgan said the next six months could be “difficult” for them.

  • The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), also known as the “Investor Fear Gauge," hit a 19 month low on Friday. What does it all mean for stocks and investments going forward? Hank Smith, CIO of Haverford Investments, and Mike Rubino, president of Rubino Financials, discussed their market analyses.

  • The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 85,000 jobs in December and an unemployment rate remaining at 10.0%.  The November and October numbers were revised as well.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • Bonds and certificates of deposit have long been considered safer investments than stocks. But in an era of incredibly low interest rates, Cramer said, buying the former two could be a mistake. A CD right now might offer a 1.5% return, while 10-year Treasurys pay you 3.75%. A company with a high-yielding dividend, however, can generate more than 7% (see: Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, among others). But even stocks with sub-4% yields these days may net more than those 10-years because dividends

    Read on for Cramer’s nine newest dividend plays. Just remember: The numbers listed here were correct as of publish time, but they may have changed a bit since. So do your homework!

  • Cramer explains a few moral imperatives every potential investor needs to know.

  • U.S. stocks finished down for the week but up for the year with the S&P and the Dow closing a wildly volatile year up 23% and 19% respectively.  The NASDAQ Composite managed a gain of 44% for the year. 

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    A popular investment strategy suggests buying the ten Dow Jones Industrial Average components with the highest yielding dividends. Here is the list going into 2010.

  • We're as patriotic as they come but considering the returns in Russia and other emerging markets, we can't help but wonder, is it better to invest overseas?

  • Stocks advanced Tuesday after reports showed consumer confidence improved and home prices stabilized.

  • Best & Worst of the Decade

    Following the sizzling 1990s (the markets’ best decade ever), stocks have had a disappointing decade overall, fizzling in the 2000s.  Here are the best and worst of the Dow.

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    A popular investment strategy suggests buying the ten Dow Jones Industrial Average components with the highest yielding dividends. Here is the list going into 2010.