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Stocks Close Lower for Fifth Day Straight

The Dow Jones industrial average closed lower for the fifth straight day as worries about sluggish economic growth weighed on markets. The Dow ended the day down 49 points at 12,605, after minutes from a Federal Reserve meeting highlighted concerns about the U.S. economy.

Could the S&P 500 Fall Another 20% in 2011?

After the losses of the past week, it seems hard to imagine that the S&P 500 has much further to decline. But the index took a fall to near 1,000 as recently as last July, and the issues that punished the markets then are looming over the economy again -- or perhaps, still.

The Downside of Buybacks Plus Higher Dividends

Over the last three years, companies that boosted dividends or initiated stock buybacks -- both methods intended to raise price per share -- lost an average of more than 10% in stock price. But cash-hoarding companies that did both lost an average of more than 21%.