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Profit-Taking Could Be in the Cards This Week

Even the most bullish traders figure the market needs to pull back at some point before making new highs. Considering this week's round of earnings and economic data -- and the sketchy situation in Egypt -- the sessions ahead should offer ample opportunity for profit-taking.

Another Week of Robust Corporate Earnings?

Apple, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, IBM, GE, Goldman Sachs and Google are just a sampling of names releasing results this week. And if last week's numbers are any guide, the market should have plenty of reasons to rally -- especially because expectations aren't all that great.

Another Earnings Season, Another Subdued Market?

The S&P 500 gained about 13% last year, but it didn't get much help while companies were releasing results. But it didn't get much help while companies were releasing results. The broader market was actually unchanged or lower for all four of 2010's earnings seasons.

Looking for Another Year on Wall Street Like Last Year

After putting up solid double-digit gains this year, the case for the stock market in 2011 is more of the same. And when the Fed finally raises short-term rates, on pro says, the smart traders will be those who jump on the opportunity to do some serious bargain-hunting.

Some Good Signs From 2010 for Stocks in 2011

Stocks are closing out 2010 with a bang -- posting double-digit gains. Veteran NYSE trader Teddy Weisberg says that those gains should come as no surprise and says there are three important lessons from the market's behavior that will help guide investors in 2011.

Stocks Climb Back to Their Pre-Lehman Disaster Level

Stocks closed broadly higher Tuesday, helped by more deal activity in the financial sector and upbeat earnings from the tech sector. After more than two years, the market has regained all its losses following the implosion of Lehman Brothers in September 2008.

Stocks May Be Ready to
Catch Their Breath

Stocks don't move in a straight line, and a relatively light week of earnings reports and economic data should give the market a much-needed break after the major indexes have run up to two-year highs. But long-term, the direction still looks upward [VIDEO].

Stocks Open Fourth Quarter With More Gains

Stocks kicked off the final quarter of the year with moderate gains Friday as more encouraging data on consumer spending, consumer sentiment and auto sales were partly offset by a slowdown in manufacturing activity.

It's Too Early for Investors to Start Celebrating

After suffering its worst August in nearly a decade, the blue-chip Dow found a welcome way to put summer behind it. But don't be disappointed if last week's market euphoria fails to carry over the long holiday weekend into this week's trading and beyond.

Another Suspect in the Flash Crash: 'Quote Stuffing'

Quote stuffing is just another way high-speed traders make a few cents by exploiting small price differences between the exchange where a trader buys and the one where he sells using huge orders that are immediately canceled. Such a ploy gone awry could be the culprit.

Why the Markets Won't Be Going Anywhere Fast

The months-long pattern of sleepy, range-bound trading is likely here to stay -- at least until the midterm elections, says Jason Weisberg, a trader and senior vice president with Seaport Securities Corp.

August Could Be a Slack Month for Stocks

Stocks were surprisingly resilient after the lousy July jobs report was released on Friday. Now, with the report behind us and earnings season just about over, what will drive the market in the week ahead?

KKR's Founders Made Only $22 Million in 2009

As private-equity giant KKR moves at last toward completing its own IPO, it is opening up its internal finances to the SEC. One of the more interesting items: How little its two billionaire founders, cousins Henry Kravis and George Roberts, earned from the business last year.

Russell Rebalance Makes for a Volitile Friday

On Friday, after the market closes, the Russell Investment Group will announce how it will rebalance its indexes in the annual event known as the Russell Reconstitution, the ripple effects of which will be felt as a brief, high-energy tremor through the stock markets.

More Stomach-Churning Market Action Is Ahead

Seasick investors might want to stock up on Dramamine this week: A deluge of key earnings and economic reports promises more gut-wrenching volatility. But the biggest market-moving waves will keep coming from overseas, as Europe's financial crisis washes over the greenback.

Can We Get a Grip on the Machines that Move the Market?

Computer trading is likely behind the Dow's recent 1,000 point plunge intraday Thursday. These machines account for the vast majority of stock trading, but there's very little understanding of their role and impact on markets. We urgently need more transparency.

Lousy Credit? Good Thing It's Financial Literacy Month

The New York Stock Exchange is marking Financial Literacy Week by launching a new financial education site, NYSE MoneySense. The exchange's David Cautin says visitors to the site can bone up on saving money, protecting assets, spending wisely and, of course, investing.

The S&P Crosses 1,200 on Broadly Positive Data

For the first time since September 2008, the S&P 500 index closed above that mark, helped by strong earnings from JPMorgan Chase and encouraging readings on inflation, retail sales and business inventories.

As a Solid First Quarter Ends, What's Next for Stocks?

At this rate, the S&P 500 is on pace to gain 14% for the year. But as traders look to the second quarter, it's becoming increasingly difficult to square the undeniable V-shaped recovery in global corporate profits with the anything-but-robust recoveries in the developed world.

Traders to Obama: Time to Work on the Economy

With the most sweeping and controversial overhaul of health care insurance in 40 years now firmly behind the market, some traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange say the White House needs to refocus on the fundamentals of economic growth.

Markets Hit 18-Month High on Positive Inflation Outlook

The markets continued to rack up gains with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ all closing Wednesday at 18-month highs, boosted by signs that the Federal Reserve intends to keep interest rates at rock-bottom levels for some time, indicating that the Fed isn't worried about inflation.

Could a Little Sunshine Help Your Portfolio?

A theory by two accounting professors known as "the sunshine effect" suggests that the price of certain stocks may tend to move higher than normal when earnings are announced on sunny days.