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  • Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz calls it his ‘secret sauce’ to investing. On the Closing Bell, Peltz told Maria that investors should focus on ‘key areas’ before putting money to work.

  • Forget what the charts say. There are more savory stocks to be had.

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    Both the Dow and S&P 500 rebounded in late trading on Monday as investors' concerns about the strength of an economic recovery triggered a move into defensive stocks.

  • Stocks ended mixed Monday as a dismal jobs report last week and expectations for a gloomy earnings season nagged at the market. But the Dow eked out a gain amid some bargain hunting.

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    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.

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

  • 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.