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  • Investors grin as companies ax jobs

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    Warning. I think I've reached my Peter Finch from "Network" moment. I'm "mad as hell" about how Wall Street keeps celebrating job cuts as if they are a good thing for the markets and economy. MORE

    - Jan 9, 2014 1:59 PM ET
  • Talk of a market bubble is the real bubble

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    Bitcoin may be a bubble. Twitter (TWTR) may be a bubble. Talking incessantly about how cold it is ("It's frickin freezing in here Mr. Bigglesworth!") may be a bubble.

    But the broader stock market? That is MORE

    - Jan 7, 2014 12:58 PM ET
  • Stocks: 2013 is one for the record books.

    Here's a fun fact: The stock market, as measured by the S&P 500 (SPX), had its strongest performance this year since the Wolf of Wall Street roamed lower Manhattan.

    The broad market gauge has gained 29.6% in 2013, its biggest jump since 1997 -- the year before Jordan Belfort, the hard-partying founder of brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, was indicted for securities fraud and money laundering.

    Belfort, who served nearly two years in MORE

    - Dec 31, 2013 7:22 AM ET
  • The 2013 Nasdaq is nothing like 2000

    It's been a banner year for stocks. The Dow and S&P 500 have been in record territory since March, while the Nasdaq has been trading at its highest levels since 2000.

    Though the robust gains have ignited some worries that stocks may be overvalued, most experts believe that a dose of skepticism is actually healthy and predict that stocks will continue to rise next year, albeit at a more MORE

    - Dec 22, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • 5 reasons why stocks will go up in 2014

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    Understatement alert!

    For investors, 2013 was a very good year. (Sing it, Chairman of the Board! And of course, I mean Frank Sinatra and not Ben Bernanke. Or Jamie Dimon for that matter.)

    Stocks have surged this MORE

    - Dec 19, 2013 12:50 PM ET
  • Riding momentum isn't a sin

    This article was published in the December issue of Money magazine.

    By Paul R. La Monica

    Buy low and sell high may be the first rule of investing, but that doesn't mean you should invest only in poorly performing shares while ignoring stocks on a roll.

    If this year's market has taught you anything, it's that stocks that go up can keep climbing higher. In fact, history shows investing in the prior year's top-returning groups MORE

    Dec 18, 2013 7:59 AM ET
  • Santa drives a Tesla Model S

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    So much for the Santa Claus rally that tends to lift the market around the holidays. Most investors are getting a lump of coal in their portfolio this month.

    The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq have MORE

    - Dec 17, 2013 3:10 PM ET
  • The strangest bull market ever

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    This bull market is really odd. The Dow and S&P 500 are near all-time highs. The Nasdaq is inching closer to 4,000 for the first time since the tech bubble did its best weasel impersonation MORE

    - Nov 14, 2013 1:52 PM ET
  • Drugstore cowboys: CVS, Walgreen red hot

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    With each passing day, it's getting harder to say with a straight face that stocks are fairly valued.

    But even though some parts of the market are looking as frothy as the top of a Starbucks MORE

    - Nov 5, 2013 2:12 PM ET
  • Boo! J.C. Penney is a scary stock

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Paul R. La Monica. Other than Time Warner, the parent of CNNMoney, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, La Monica does not own positions in any individual stocks.

    Want to really freak out a trader this Halloween? Go dressed as former J.C. Penney (JCP) CEO Ron Johnson. Or former board member/big shareholder Bill Ackman. Aaaagggh!

    J.C. Penney's stock performance this year is infinitely more MORE

    - Oct 31, 2013 1:27 PM ET
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#StupidStock Move of the Day! Yes, $UA is big momo stock. And it's off lows of day. But still not sure why it's down this much on strong #s.
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