Market Wrap-Up for Dec.17 (BMO, MI, ACN, ORCL, MA, V, more)

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We're happy to announce our new Dividend ETFs section on our site today! We want to bring our subscribers a roster of ETF options for anyone considering a bit more diversification and exposure to international markets.

We do not currently rate the ETFs, but do give readers the trend direction to follow. The data will be updated each day, so be sure to check it out. Also, Tom and I just wrapped up our "Top 3 Market Themes of the Week" video , so be sure to give it a look. Lots of good stuff!

Some good news came out this morning for investors, as it appears the Bush tax cuts are well on their way (as we figured they would). This is one less worry for the markets at this point, but with the upward price action we have seen the last 19 months or so, any worries have been easily handled by investors. At some point this could change and it would mean the investing climate could get trickier. We'll be sure to keep readers posted as to when we see the potential danger signs.

We swapped two new names on to our recommended list this morning, while removing two previous recommendations. Be sure to check out the post if you did not read the e-mail alert we sent out this morning.

Interesting news out today from Bank of Montreal ( BMO ), which is looking to acquire former TARP recipient Marshall & Ilsley ( MI ). It is a bit of a strange move for the Canadian banking play to want to buy one of the more struggling bank plays, with other banking companies in the same market cap range that are acting better from a stock price performance standpoint. Investors are none too happy, with BMO shares finishing down 7%. On the earnings front, investors cheered results from Oracle Corp ( ORCL ) and Accenture ( ACN ). These former recommendations are still on our radar and we are watching both stocks closely. Some investors were surprised there was no rebound today for credit card plays MasterCard ( MA ) and Visa ( V ) following yesterday's big drop on debit card fee concerns.

Looking ahead to next week, earnings will continue to be light, with notables such as Darden Restaurants ( DRI ), Nike ( NKE ) and Walgreen Co. ( WAG ) set to report. Be sure to catch up with our latest watchlist updates, including the new reports on earnings/story stocks, analyst upgrades/downgrades and how those names performed on the week. All that will be available this weekend on Dividend.com Premium, and as always, you can view our current recommendations on our industry-leading Best Dividend Stocks List .

Have a great weekend everybody, and thanks for reading!

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