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  • The Santa Claus rally vs other trader lore Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 10:09 AM ET
    Santa Claus at the New York Stock Exchange

    The Santa Claus Rally should not be confused with other seasonal phenomena, such as the "Free Lunch" and "January Effect."

  • A big year for IPOs—next year may be even bigger Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:06 AM ET
    Lending Club founder and CEO Renaud Laplanche, second from right, celebrates with company executives after ringing the opening bell during the company’s IPO at the New York Stock Exchange, Dec. 11, 2014.

    The IPO business: This year was huge for IPOs, and 2015 may be even better.

  • Trying to pick a bottom in energy stocks Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:07 PM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Trying to pick a bottom in energy stocks: is this the time to go long?

  • Easing restrictions on Cuba: Limited stock impact Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:50 PM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Investing in Cuba: it's one thing to try to ease travel restrictions and open an embassy, it's another to lift the embargo.

  • IPOs ending the year with a bang Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:18 AM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Aug. 26, 2014.

    It's been the busiest year for IPOs since public offerings hit a record in 2000, and market debuts look set for a strong finish to 2014.

  • Traders focus on Russia and collateral oil damage Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 10:16 AM ET
    A woman walks past a board listing foreign currency rates against the Russian ruble outside an exchange office in Moscow on December 16, 2014.

    Emerging markets are looking weak, and the effects of oil's plunge is spreading through the market.

  • *Russi energy min shares OPEC view market will stabilize itself. A near- $20 drop in prices since OPEC declined to cut output at a Nov. 27 meeting has yet to prompt the Gulf members- who overruled calls for output cuts by poorer members such as Venezuela- to reverse course. Russia has said it would not cut production even if oil prices fell below $60 per barrel- far below...

  • Market wants to know how Russia will fund imports Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 10:29 AM ET
    Employees pass beneath pipes leading to oil storage tanks at the central processing plant for oil and gas at the Salym Petroleum Development oil fields near the Bazhenov shale formation in Salym, Russia.

    With oil prices plummeting, Russia's stock exchange continues to fall as traders worry over the country's ability to pay for imports.

  • When it comes to IPOs, buyers are in control Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 10:03 AM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    It was a rough night for the IPO business.

  • The big bet oil continues to fall into the new year Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 5:07 PM ET

    The massive options bet that oil will decline as much as 7 percent by April.

  • CBS extends CEO Moonves' contract another 2 years Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:56 PM ET

    NEW YORK— CBS is extending the contract of President and CEO Leslie Moonves for another two years, through June 2019. The new deal still calls for him to be an adviser to CBS for five years when his contract expires, and he will have an option to start a production company under the CBS banner. Shares of New York- based CBS reached an all-time high of $68.10 in March, but...

  • IPOs face tough year-end environment Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 10:04 AM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Market conditions are not ideal as companies try to push through IPOs before the year ends.

  • P2P lending stocks offer rewards ... and risk Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 10:31 AM ET
    Renaud Laplanche, co-founder and chief executive officer of LendingClub.

    Peer-to-peer lending services are growing in popularity, but there's little recourse when borrowers default.

  • Tough morning for global equities Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 10:17 AM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    The Shanghai Composite recorded its biggest drop in about five years as the oil price slide continued to weigh on Middle East indices.

  • Cubist options unusually active before Merck deal Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 8- Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc options had one of their most active weeks this year last week ahead of Monday's announcement that Merck& Co will buy Cubist for a hefty premium. Merck said it will pay $102 a share for Cubist, 37 percent above the Lexington, Massachussetts, company's closing share price of $74.36 on Friday. Implied volatility jumped to...

  • Options Action 101: Buying a call  Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    It's one of the most basic and useful options strategies: Buying a call. In this tutorial, Mike Khouw expains how it works.

  • Big beat on jobs report, here's how stocks react Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 10:12 AM ET
    A service technician grinds temporary spot welds while working on an exhaust manifold for a John Deere tractor at Klein Equipment, a John Deere dealership, in Galesburg, Illinois.

    The best performing sector on days when the jobs report beat estimates by more than 80,000 jobs was financials.

  • Here's what happens when the jobs report surprises Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 4:14 PM ET

    The best and worst performing stocks when jobs data surprises

  • *Euro zone shares slide, but Wall Street subdued. NEW YORK, Dec 4- The euro rebounded and bond yields in the euro zone bounced off record lows on Thursday, after the European Central Bank put off until next year a decision about whether to increase economic stimulus, leaving investors uncertain. Stocks in the euro zone fell more than 1 percent and MSCI's measure of...

  • Mario Draghi is all over the place on ECB action Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

    European stocks weakened and the euro shot higher as the ECB chief implied any initiative to purchase sovereign debt isn't imminent.