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  • Contrarian Play: Options Action Bets on Giant ETF Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 12:51 PM ET

    Shares in a key Brazil exchange traded fund are down about 7 percent on the day — but the options action is looking for upside. The iShare Brazil exchange traded fund is down to $33.47 on the day, while it was up above $40 a week ago. Shares remain more than 65 percent off their May 2008 high.

  • Clean & Efficient: Stocks For The Coming Power Grid Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 11:43 AM ET

    Alex Kurtz of Merriman Curhan Ford thinks green — and thinks green is smart. "We see this as a massive investment opportunity over the next three to five years," he told CNBC. "These are not science experiments in the clean-tech space; this is really about installing the backbone for the next generation of energies that are coming online."

  • Stock Picker: Buy This Diversified Portfolio (Pt. 1) Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 11:00 AM ET

    An investment strategy in a single word? Edward Lewis of Atlantic Equities thinks the word is "diversity." "I wouldn't be putting (my money) in one sector," Lewis told CNBC. "My concern is that visibility is very tough."

  • Stock Picker: Buy This Diversified Portfolio (Pt. 2) Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 10:59 AM ET

    An investment strategy in a single word? Edward Lewis of Atlantic Equities thinks the word is "diversity." "I wouldn't be putting (my money) in one sector," Lewis told CNBC. "My concern is that visibility is very tough."

  • Stock Picker: Buy These Before the Turn Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 10:34 AM ET

    There's no getting around it: There's scarce evidence that the economy is getting any better. But Dan Fitzpatrick, president of Stockmarket Mentor, insists it's time to get back into the market.

  • Dow Falls for 5th Day Amid Earnings Gloom Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 4:56 PM ET

    Stocks ended mixed Tuesday as tech and oil stocks were buoyed by bargain hunting, but the undercurrent of earnings worry took down the Dow.

  • Biotech Shares, Options Spike on Lilly Deal Talk Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 1:40 PM ET

    Shares in biotech company Dendreon have spiked, along with options trading — amid rumors involving some kind of deal with Eli Lilly. Call volume in DNDN was hot this morning in the first 30 minutes alone, as 6,700 calls traded against 1,000 puts. Dendreon is scheduled to present Thursday at a major health care conference held by JPMorgan in San Francisco this week...

  • Stock Picker: Buy Now For the Recovery Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 1:18 PM ET

    It's time for the business world to get back to business, according to Neil Hennessy of Hennessy Funds.  Since that now seems to be happening, he has a couple of recommendations for stock-market investors.

  • Stocks Are Mixed as Techs, Oils Gain Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 11:29 AM ET

    Stocks wobbled Tuesday, paring some gains, though the tech-heavy Nasdaq remained higher.

  • Alcoa, Citi Hit Futures; Bernanke Helps Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 9:17 AM ET

    Jitters about dismal corporate earnings were confirmed after the bell Monday, when Alcoa kicked off the reporting season with a wider-than-expected loss, sending stock index futures lower Tuesday morning.

  • Time to Go Bottom-Fishing in the US: Portfolio Manager Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 7:45 AM ET

    As U.S. stocks have been beaten down of late, John Carey, executive VP & portfolio manager at Pioneer Investments is bottom-fishing for strong companies in the materials, energy and cyclical sectors.

  • Options and HSBC: Memories of Bear, Lehman? Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 7:21 AM ET

    HSBC fell in overnight trading after seeing extremely bearish put activity similar to the type of options action that preceded the fall of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers.

  • No. 1 Options Play Today: Credit Cards Monday, 12 Jan 2009 | 3:12 PM ET

    Visa is down about 3 percent Monday, and the largest options play of the day is apparently looking for more range-bound trading. The options trade of the day so far involves Visa's February 65 calls...

  • Tiffany: Options Clues Ahead of Sales Report Monday, 12 Jan 2009 | 3:08 PM ET

    A large put trade has been made in Tiffany as its shares have fallen ahead of its holiday sales report Wednesday. One trader this morning bought 10,000 of the January 20 puts...

  • Bob Doll, vice chairman and global CIO of equities at BlackRock, is calling for double-digit equities growth for 2009. See his top stocks in his top sectors!

  • Dow Logs Worst Week Since Late November Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 5:31 PM ET

    The Dow logged its worst week since late November, erasing all of last week's gains in a brutal week littered with layoffs and profit warnings, and capped with a surge in unemployment.

  • Stocks Fall Sharply as Jobless Rate Soars Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 2:13 PM ET

    The Dow opened higher Friday amid a giant sigh of relief in the market that only half a million jobs were lost in December. Market buzz had indicated the number could be as high as a million.

  • Options Tracker: Home Builders, Energy And Yahoo Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 1:46 PM ET

    Major homebuilders are down across the board today as Lennar faces fraud accusations from a self-described consumer group.

  • Stock-Picking Through the Rubble Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 11:51 AM ET

    Charles Bobrinskoy of Manning & Napier Advisors has some essential questions to ask about the economic climate, its effects on stocks, and the scope of bargains:  How bad is the news?  How bad did we expect it to be? But beware of generalization.  "What you have to do is pick through the rubble of 2008 and find out individual companies where the negativity is too great."

  • Stocks To Pick While "Waiting" For Obama Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 11:49 AM ET

    There's still a week and a half to go before the new administration takes over in Washington, and it's left the market directionless, with little buying to support the recent rally.  Still, Steve Grasso of Stuart Frankel has some ideas for stock buyers, if they want to stand up and be counted.

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