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The U.S. stock market logged an impressive first quarter.
Shrugging off budget cuts, tax hikes, and more Eurozone misery, U.S. stocks climbed to record territory on several occasions.
On March 5, the Dow broke through its record close of 14,165, previously hit Oct. 9, 2007. Meanwhile, the S&P has been flirting with its 1,565 record high for weeks.
The most recent milestones came Thursday when the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at yet another record, and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index finally closed above its all-time high.
Thursday closed out Q1 with the Dow adding 52.38 points, or 0.36%, to close at 14,578.54. The S&P tacked on 6.34, or 0.41%, to close at 1,569.19.
Here's a look at the quarter's biggest gains and losses, as well as what investors should do now as we head into April.
Europe Concerns Pummel Stock Market Today As This 50% Gainer Shines
The stock market today opened with all three indexes down at least 1.5%.
After what seemed like a reprieve from having the Eurozone debt crisis control the stock market, the worries have returned.
Investors are selling on news that Spain might need more bailouts as its 10-year yield reaches a record high. The main concern is that bailouts will be needed not just for the banks, but for the entire nation and certain regions of the country.
The yield on Spain's 10-year bond reached a record high of 7.56% and the latest unemployment rate sits at a depressing 24.6%.
Another round of earnings is on tap with Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) leading the way this week. Apple reports its earnings after tomorrow's (Tuesday) close and Facebook reports after Thursday's session.
Here are some other companies making headlines in the stock market today.
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Are You Betting on a Bull Market?
On March 9, the U.S bull market in stocks will celebrate its second birthday.
But what everyone really wants to know is this: A year from now, will we be celebrating again - or will we be trying to outrun the bear?
So far, 2011 is delivering on that bull market promise. The just-finished month of February represents the third straight month of U.S. stock-market gains.
All three major indices are up more than 5% so far this year. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index rose 3.02% in February and 2.26% in January. In fact, even with the damage that the Middle East crisis inflicted on stock prices at the end of last month, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average each enjoyed their strongest February showing since 1998.
Global Bond Market Outlook: Three Ways to Dodge the Looming Bear Market in U.S. Bonds
Put 100 investors in a room and most will tell you how worried they are that the still-bullish U.S. stock market is going to betray them for a third time in slightly more than a decade.
But I submit that it's the bonds that these folks are right now holding that should be the real focus of their concern - and for one very good reason: Most investors view the global bond market as a stodgy source of fixed income, when it's actually the largest, most complex and most sensitive capital market in the world today.
To discover the three best bond-related moves to make now, please read on...