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  • Solid Firms, Solid Stocks, Solid Gains Friday, 20 Mar 2009 | 11:19 AM ET

    David Sowerby is a firm believer in the power of "the micro-aspects of individual companies."  The chief market analyst of Loomis Sayles says that power will ultimately triumph over the lack of investor confidence and over mis-guided government policies.

  • Financials Flat as Citi Gains, Palm Drops Friday, 20 Mar 2009 | 7:54 AM ET

    Stocks looked set to extend losses at the opening bell Friday, with financial stocks still struggling in global markets and the administration and lawmakers grappling with the fallout over bonuses paid out at American International Group.

  • Options Are Bullish on This Casino Operator Thursday, 19 Mar 2009 | 11:34 AM ET

    Shares of Las Vegas Sands have risen roughly 65 percent in the last week, and options traders apparently see lots of room for more upside.

  • Analyst: One Tech Stock Will Rule (Hint: Not IBM, MSFT) Thursday, 19 Mar 2009 | 10:36 AM ET

    Software analyst John DiFucci notes a startling development at Oracle.  "What we've seen all across the S&P is, people cutting their dividends, cutting them significantly; Oracle's instituting a new dividend," he told CNBC. "What that says is, Oracle's management team is confident in its free cash flow."

  • Stocks Rally on Fed Plan to Buy U.S. Debt Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | 4:58 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve fueled the rally on Wall Street Wednesday after the central bank announced a plan to buy U.S. debt.

  • Regional Banks Are Surviving: Analyst Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | 3:45 PM ET

    Financials seem to be a four-letter word these days, but there’s one area of the sector that generally has fared better than the “too big to fail” segment: regional banks. Here's the explanation — and a way to play the trend.

  • Stocks Slide Ahead of AIG and Fed Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | 11:13 AM ET

    Stocks opened lower Wednesday, retracing the previous session's rally, as investors were jittery ahead of the AIG CEO's appearance on Capitol Hill today and the Federal Reserve's statement after a two-day meeting.

  • Investment Chief: 'These Stocks Can Double' Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | 11:08 AM ET

    Doug MacKay, president and CIO of Broadleaf Partners, is big on early cycle and innovation plays: "I think you want to focus on...consumer discretionary and even financials that usually emerge out of (recession) earliest."

  • Alcoa's Dividend Slash: What Options Say Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | 10:38 AM ET

    Put options are trading heavily in Alcoa as it continues to fall since slashing its divided by 82 percent Monday. Here's what options traders are buying...

  • Futures Slide Ahead of AIG and Fed Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | 8:36 AM ET

    Stock index futures pointed to a lower opening Wednesday, following the previous day's rally, as investors remained wary for AIG's chief executive to step up to Capitol Hill and the Federal Reserve to conclude its two-day monetary policy meeting.

  • Stock Picker Likes 6 Big-Name Consumer Staples Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 | 4:49 PM ET

    The abrupt end of Wall Street's latest rally proves once again that short-term investing is a hazardous business, according to Sarat Sethi of Douglas C. Lane & Associates. That having been said, there are more short-term opportunities coming.

  • Options Traders in 'Heavy' Expedia Play Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 | 4:27 PM ET

    Expedia is attracting heavy call activity Tuesday, as the online travel agency continues to rebound from levels last week that neared its 52-week lows. The 20-day average options volume for EXPE is 600 contracts per day, but the first hour of today's session alone saw 7,600 calls trade against 1,000 puts

  • Stock Picker: Bottom or Bounce, It's Still a Rally Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 | 3:41 PM ET

    Jeffrey Saut of Raymond James says there's a chance that we've seen the bottom of this market, and he's got some selections for investors as stocks improve.

  • Stocks Snap Winning Streak After AmEx News Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | 4:55 PM ET

    Stocks snapped their winning streak Monday after American Express reported that credit-card deliquencies rose in February. Techs were particularly weak amid worries about tech spending.

  • Banks Power Rally Again; Techs Skid Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | 2:46 PM ET

    Stocks advanced Monday as banks continued their winning streak and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's weekend remarks that the recession could end this year fueled some optimism. But weakness in big-name techs dragged on the Nasdaq.

  • Oil Refiner Sees 'Interesting' Options Action Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | 2:10 PM ET

    Frontier Oil is seeing some interesting options activity after recently receiving some votes of confidence from analysts. The largest volume in FTO options began in the March calls this morning, but activity was quickly building in the April 17.50 calls trading for $0.35 and $0.40.

  • Stock Picker: 'The Deals Are There' Now Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | 1:15 PM ET

    Jason Pride of Haverford Investments thinks the time to get into stocks is now. "The big fundamental change that's occurred over the past year is that stocks are down significantly from where they were before. ...The deals are there."

  • Stocks Open Higher as Banks Rally Again Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | 10:59 AM ET

    Stocks opened higher Monday as banks continued their winning streak and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's weekend remarks that he expects the economy to start recovering next year spurred optimism.

  • Options Traders Play Consumer Stock Rebound Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | 10:48 AM ET

    Newell Rubbermaid is drawing substantial call trading, as it continues to rebound from a fresh 52-week low reached a week ago. ... This may be a case of oversold conditions, as the stock remains 80 percent under its 52-week high of $24.08 even after its latest bounce.

  • Futures Rise as Banks Continue to Surge Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | 8:45 AM ET

    Stock index futures indicated a higher open for Wall Street, with investors optimistic after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said he expected the economy to start recovering next year.