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  • What follows is a look at stocks in the S&P 500 displaying unusual volume in today's trading session.

  • Most companies have reported earnings that produced good news. Will the markets go higher from here? Edward Yardeni, president of Yardeni Research, shared his market insights.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • Stocks rallied to their highest closes since November Monday following encouraging economic reports from the U.S. and abroad and following news that auto sales got a boost from the "Cash for Clunkers" program.

  • Stocks rallied Monday after a pair of encouraging reports on the manufacturing sector, plus strong bank earnings out of Europe and expectations for strong auto sales. The S&P briefly topped 1,000, a level it hasn't seen since November.

  • Stocks got a quick pop at the open Monday after some strong bank earnings out of Europe and expectations that auto sales will show a boost from the "Cash for Clunkers" program. But the rally quickly fizzled.

  • Stock index futures indicated a strong opening for Wall Street Monday, helped by European markets that hit a broader-index high for the year on better-than-expected bank earnings.

  • It is now four weeks since the S&P 500 hit its recent closing high of 946.21 on June 12.  The benchmark index is down 6.7% since then and some components have been hit harder than others bringing dividend yields back up again.  Here is a screen for companies that have been beaten up but might have good value in the longer term.

  • The NAHB home buying survey for May is out, and is again showing some improvement, but not much. Present and Future expectations of sales-essentially a survey of builder sentiment-rose. But traffic in prospective buyers, which is what counts, was unchanged.

  • Stocks flopped Friday, capping a dismal week, as bank stocks pulled back after recent gains.

  • Stocks opened flat Friday as investors were encouraged by a pair of better-than-expected manufacturing readings but dismal economic data out of Europe and weak U.S. retail reports capped gains.

  • A modest pop in futures as the Consumer Price Index was flat, in line with expectations.

  • Futures pared losses Friday after a pair of better-than-expected manufacturing readings.

  • The stress test results gave banks 30 days to come up with a plan for raising capital and then six months to execute on the plan. Well, no offense to Big Brother, but the banks are tripping over themselves to sell equity to be in the position to repay the double-dealing government overlords.

  • Futures are weak as commodities and commodity stocks are down, along with some financials which have announced secondary offerings today.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • Plus, Cramer drills into a couple of dentistry stocks for their underperformance.

  • In today's initial sell off, the Dow was down over 50% since its Oct 2007 peak.  Here are more key dates for the Dow & S&P, both on a closing and intraday basis:

  • Principal Financial Group is seeing bearish options activity, as February puts trade with volume more than triple the previous open interest.

  • On a week dominated by the $787B stimulus plan passed by the House, with the Senate scheduled to start the vote at 5:30pET Friday, the markets came close to retesting their November lows to end the week down 3.5% or greater.