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Corporate earnings will serve as a tailwind for the stock market in the week ahead, but gains could be constrained after an 11 percent run in just two weeks.
Stocks closed slightly higher as a mostly positive start to earnings season was offset by the air quickly coming out of a rally in bank stocks.
Earnings season may have "officially" gotten underway with last week's release by Dow component Alcoa, but it kicks into full gear Tuesday with two very significant pre-market releases: quarterly numbers from Goldman Sachs and Dow stock Johnson & Johnson.
With the official start of earnings season kicking off after the bell today, here are some stats on Alcoa and the rest of the Dow.
Historically and on average, the U.S Markets have been up on the day before Independence Day and relatively flat the day after. The S&P has averaged best of the major indices on the day before the July 4th holiday is observed, up an average of .5% and up 70% of the time.
The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 467,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate climbed to 9.5%, the highest rate since August 1983. The May and April numbers were revised to losses of 322,000 and 519,000, respectively. Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.
Stocks ended flat Monday as a late rally fizzled after the Supreme Court issued a stay, temporarily halting the sale of Chrysler to Fiat.
Stocks opened lower Monday as the dollar and U.S. Treasury yields soared on the back of last week's cheerier jobs data, which prompted speculation that the Fed may raise rates at its next meaeting.
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.
Stocks opened lower Monday as the dollar and U.S. Treasury yields soared on the back of last week's cheerier jobs data, which prompted speculation that the Fed may raise rates at its next meeting.
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.
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Stocks rose for a third straight week as investors got their game on for a recovery. Still, Friday's trading was choppy as investors cheered an early pop from the smaller-than-expected job loss in May but the market couldn't sustain the gains.
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A currency crisis is imminent, so investors should avoid shorting the market, said Jim Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings.
Already on Wednesday, investors were counting down to Friday's jobs report, and not much in between matters. Thursday's main events include weekly jobless claims, data on productivity and costs, and monthly chain store sales, which are expected to be weak and show the U.S. consumer remains reluctant to spend.
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.
Stocks soared Monday as investors were encouraged by economic reports out of China and the U.S. and breathed a sigh of relief that General Motors finally filed for bankruptcy protection.