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  • Wanna Trade Earnings? Watch Options Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 7:04 PM ET

    Earnings season is in full gear. How can you game the market and play the disappointing earnings before they're reported reported? Jon Najarian, co-founder of optionmonster.com, and Andrew Wilkinson, senior market analyst at Interactive Brokers, both say the key is watching options trading.

  • Smart Retail Plays for Your Portfolio Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 4:22 PM ET

    To give investors an edge, CNBC asked market experts to share their best retail plays.

  • Best Infrastructure Plays (They Ain't GE) Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 3:33 PM ET

    While the credit crunch forced General Electric to cut its forecast, its infrastructure divisions are reaping the benefits of fast-growing emerging markets. But Tim Seymour of Seygem Asset Management says look beyond GE for some of the best infrastructure and utility plays in the southern hemisphere.

  • REITs: Real Estate That Still Looks Good Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 2:57 PM ET

    The Morgan Stanley REIT Index is up more than 10 percent over the last three months. But will corporate real estate follow residential housing downward? Richard Anderson, senior research analyst at BMO Capital Markets, and Louis Taylor, senior REIT analyst at Deutsche Bank Securities, both agree that some REITs are still ripe for investment.

  • Strategist: Be a GE, Bank Bull Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 2:52 PM ET

    Earnings season has been glum so far -- but Frederick Lane is investing optimistically. The chairman and chief executive of Lane Berry & Co. shared his market outlook and trading advice with CNBC.

  • Fueling Your Portfolio With Oil Services Stocks Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 2:11 PM ET

    The days of $80 oil are over, according to Gerald Jordan, portfolio manager of the Jordan Opportunity Fund, and that is why he’s placing his bets on the oil services sector.

  • Retail CEOs See 'Very Challenging' Climate Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 2:00 PM ET

    After a surprise gain in retail sales for March, CNBC asked CEOs of top retailers how they're faring.

  • Stock Picks: Playing Options Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 1:30 PM ET

    As most investors turn away from financials, there could be a way to make opportunities to the downside, said Randy Frederick, Charles Schwab director of derivatives on "The Call."

  • Higher Antitrust Bar For Yahoo-Google Than Microsoft Sunday, 13 Apr 2008 | 1:31 PM ET
    Yahoo!'s headquarters in California.

    Yahoo Inc's attempt to form an alliance with Google Inc to stave off Microsoft Corp could run into more trouble with antitrust regulators than Microsoft's unwelcome takeover bid. While Yahoo is seeking a business partnership with Google legal experts say any deal will draw heavy scrutiny.

  • Investors Brace For Weak Technology Earnings Sunday, 13 Apr 2008 | 10:29 AM ET
    Intel's headquarters in Santa Clara, California.

    Wall Street should brace for a round of profit warnings from U.S. technology companies this results season, as consumers and businesses rein in spending amid a weaker economy and record energy prices. The world's largest microchip company, Intel Corp spacer , kicks things off for the sector Tuesday, followed by top computer services provider IBM spacer Wednesday and Web search leader Google Inc spacer Thursday.

  • The Week:  Saving the Worst For Last Saturday, 12 Apr 2008 | 7:31 AM ET
    Stocks down

    A steady stream of downbeat news seemed to leave the market unmoved for most of the week -- until the bluest of the blue chips, General Electric, posted first-quarter earnings that missed Wall Street expectations by seven cents per share, and lowered its full-year guidance.  

  • Health Care Investing: Schwab's Rx Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | 12:39 PM ET

    "Health care" is two words -- and the health care sector is increasingly being viewed as two very different sectors:  pharmaceuticals and managed care, which are in trouble; and medical devices and services, which are not. Paul Alan Davis of Charles Schwab Investment Management offered advice for playing the sector(s).

  • What Options Are Saying about Techs, Financials Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | 11:07 AM ET

    If you think options are a good indicator of future stock movements, you may want to keep an eye on the big cap techs and financials, according to two experts.

  • CEOs Expect Lower US Growth This Year: Survey Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 1:27 PM ET

    U.S. chief executives have lowered their expectations for domestic growth this year, but held their overall business outlook steady.

  • Stock Plays on the Tax Rebate Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 11:38 AM ET

    David Sowerby's got a way to play a weak dollar and an economic recovery at the same time.  He should know: Sowerby is the Loomis Sayles portfolio manager who's just been named Stock Manager of the Year by Lipper.

  • Mortgage Brokers: Fannie Loan Raise No Help Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 11:27 AM ET

    Mortgage borrowers, who thought higher loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would mean better terms, are getting an unwelcome surprise. "Closing Bell" host Maria Bartiromo spoke with two mortgage brokers from regions with high home prices. They said forget Fannie and Freddie -- FHA loans are becoming the way to go for their customers.

  • Options: Playing Chicken with Chicken Makers? Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 8:49 AM ET

    Are there "b-b-bucks" in chicken? The options market seems to think so ... by betting against it.

  • Top Trader: Go Drilling For Large Caps Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 2:16 PM ET

    John Burbank of Passport Capital is one of the trading stars on Trader Monthly's list of the best.  His $4 billion capital fund generated a 200 percent return last year.  He knows the drill -- and has suggestions for playing energy.

  • Credit Crunch Portfolio Defense Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 12:56 PM ET

    The uncertainty of the credit crunch even has eternal optimists on the defensive about financials.  People like Mike Stanfield, CEO of Kansas City-based VSR Financial.

  • The One Financial Stock to Buy Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 12:45 PM ET

    Earnings season is just around the corner for the troubled financial sector, so how does a top stock researcher rate the sector?