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Stocks retreated Tuesday after several earnings reports beat expectations but economic numbers missed their targets. Apple and Caterpillar surged after their earnings blew past forecasts.
The market's rally has been similar to the geyser after the waterfall, and while it isn't yet time to "be in the bunker," it's time to start playing a little more conservatively, said Barry James, co-manager of the five-star rated James Balanced Golden Rainbow Fund.
Topline beats take back seat to positive 2010 commentary. Six big names beat earnings estimates: Apple, Coke, Pfizer, United Technologies and Caterpillar all beat on the bottom line.
Futures were poised for a modestly higher open on the strength of more earnings surprises from some of Wall Street's leading companies.
In today's trading session, a total of 99 stocks in the S&P 500 reached new 52-week highs. Here is a look at those companies.
With Apple, Yahoo!, eBay and so many other tech earnings coming this week, what are the Fast Money traders watching?
One thing I've learned through the years is that there will always be growth opportunities and places to invest wisely for the long term. As the U.S. wrestles with the aftershocks of the financial crisis, many investors I talk to are scouring the earth for some of the best opportunities.
Plus, highlights of the most important earnings reports.
U.S. stocks managed to close the week in positive territory, up about 1% or greater. The Dow Jones industrial average settled above the 10,000-level twice this week, reaching its highest close in a year.
Following my post earlier this week on the highest yielding stocks in the Dow, here is a deeper look at the dividends of the S&P 500.
The markets are higher today, with the Dow reaching within 68 points of 10,000 in this morning's trading. The Dow, which closed on Friday at a new high for 2009 at 9864.94 is currently trading near October 2008 levels, as it also managed to reach a new intraday peak for 2009 today at 9931.82.
Two and a half months away from the end of the year and the average dividend yield of the Dow 30 has continued to fall since the market lows. See how the 30 companies in the Dow compare.
U.S. stocks posted their strongest weekly performance since mid-July, with all indexes rising nearly 4% or greater for the week.
All major U.S. Indexes declined 1.8% or more for the week, logging weekly losses for a 2-straight week. A pullback in Industrials, a worse than expected ISM Manufacturing September reading, and continued weakness in the U.S. jobs data also pushed the CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX) up by 11.8% for the week.
Bullish traders are lapping up options in PepsiCo after Deutsche Bank raised its earnings forecast for the beverage company. Call volume surged almost 700 percent.
I'll start by saying that trying to handicap what city will win the Olympic Games is an idiotic exercise. Not all of the 106 voting IOC vote with rationale and sometimes the winner is a product of the order in which cities get eliminated and how those votes are passed on.
The third quarter has past and for investors seeking dividends, they can be glad. Standard & Poor's said yesterday that third-quarter dividend increases this year were the worst on record. Dividend payments during the third quarter fell 44.8% from a year ago, with only 191 of about 7,000 public companies -tracked by S&P- increasing their payouts.
Tens of thousands of Americans have turned their cars, vans and trucks into mobile offices, wired with phones and computers to stay in close touch with bosses and customers. Many don't realize the danger, the New York Times reports.
Jason Trennert, chief investment strategist and managing partner at Strategas Research Partners, shared three actionable investment strategies for investors looking to boost their portfolios.
Major US companies are bracing for a potentially stronger strain of swine flu this year that could threaten the nation's already fragile economic recovery.