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Archives: May 2010

June Dividend Watch List

Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on May 25

I found five major issues which have a history of increasing in June. They are Bard (C.R.), Darden Restaurants, General Mills, Medtronic, and Target. YTD dividends are hot, with 123...

Another Fun Week Produces An Offical Market Correction

Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on May 21

The market opened the week with little action and sectors trading on their own merits. Tuesday, however, is when the turmoil began, and grew as the week progressed. The accumulating...

Why the Consumer Is Hanging Tough

Posted by: Ben Steverman on May 19

For bearish investors, one of the biggest puzzles of the last few months has been the strength of consumer spending. In an era when the unemployment rate approaches 10%, where...

The Stronger Dollar Worries Stock Investors

Posted by: Ben Steverman on May 12

Since Nov. 25, the euro has lost 16.3% of its value against the U.S. dollar. Since just Apr. 14, the euro has dropped 7.2%. While talking to strategists and portfolio...

Stock Decline: It's Not Just About Greece

Posted by: Ben Steverman on May 06

As the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 9.2% today -- the biggest intraday decline since Oct. 19, 1987 -- cable news channels were showing protests in Athens. The video gave...

Stocks Get Euro-Trashed

Posted by: Ben Steverman on May 04

On May 4, major U.S. stock indexes fell farther and faster than on any day in the last three months. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 2%, the S&P 500...

Just When Dividends Start Up - The Tax Man Cometh

Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on May 04

Depending on the events in Washington, there is a possibility of a large tax gap in qualified dividends paid in 2010 vs. 2011. Without a congressional dividend tax law change...

The First Day of the Month Trade - Why Am I Still Working

Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on May 04

I continue to get significant inquires into the First Trade of the Month portfolio. The calculation is basic - you are in the S&P 500 for the first trading day...


Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ben Steverman focuses on the latest moves in financial markets and emerging trends in stocks, bonds, and funds, always with an eye toward giving readers a better understanding of the sometimes confusing and often chaotic world of money. Standard & Poor’s senior index analyst Howard Silverblatt will also provide his take on companies’ finances and the markets. Voted one of the “Top 100 Finance Blogs” in 2007.

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