STOCK MARKET: A Shower of Dividends for Investors

Although stock prices remain stuck a bit below 1,000 on the Dow Jones industrial average, most Wall Streeters still think it is only a matter of time before the barrier crumbles and the U.S. economy continues its comeback. In back-and-forth trading last week the Dow average closed at 972.92, about even with the previous week's close. Simultaneously, however, the nation got some of the best news yet about prices and jobs. The wholesale price index in February dropped .5%; it was the fourth straight month in which that key indicator has either held steady or gone down. Even better,...

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