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  • Heavy Call Traffic on International Game Monday, 6 Apr 2009 | 8:26 AM ET

    Shares of International Game Technology spiked Friday with heavy options activity and gained even more in after-hours trading.

  • Cubist Pharmaceuticals is up more than 12 percent today with heavy options activity amid rumors that the company will be bought by Swiss drug giant Novartis.

  • Banks, Telecom Top Options Action Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | 1:12 PM ET

    For the first time in what seems like forever, options trading is showing strong signs of interest in financial companies, and some long-awaited takeover talk in telecom.

  • Pinpointing Bargains In a Choppy Stock Market Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | 1:12 PM ET

    Fifth Third Asset Management's Mary Jane Matts looks back on a dramatic week for stocks, and still finds some bargains for investors.  "When you consider that the S&P is trading about eleven times normalized earnings, the stock market is attractive here," she told CNBC.  "I don't think you have to over-think it."

  • Options Get Bullish on China ETF Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | 7:42 AM ET

    A leading Chinese exchange traded fund is on the rise, and traders are bullish on its options as well.

  • Buy Defensively on Market ‘Dips’: Strategist Thursday, 2 Apr 2009 | 4:22 PM ET

    Despite the continuing market rally, Rob Morgan of Clermont Wealth Strategies suggested that investors still remain cautious.

  • How to Take Advantage of the Market Rally Thursday, 2 Apr 2009 | 4:19 PM ET

    It looks like the markets are in the midst of climbing over a “wall of worry,” said Alec Young at Standard & Poor’s. He expects the market rally to continue and for investors to start putting their money to work.

  • Options Action: Drug Firm Sees Heavy Call Activity Thursday, 2 Apr 2009 | 1:20 PM ET

    Generic drug company Forest Labs is seeing heavy call activity amid buyout rumors.

  • Stock Analyst: This Rally's For Real Thursday, 2 Apr 2009 | 12:07 PM ET

    Robert Pavlik of Banyan Partners thinks a lot of his Wall Street colleagues have it all wrong.  That being the case, what should investors be doing?

  • Stocks Close Higher on Housing, New Bank Rules Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 4:17 PM ET

    Stocks closed higher as some mildly optimistic economic news helped Wall Street begin the second quarter on a positive note.

  • Health Tech Choices For Stock Buyers Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 3:28 PM ET

    Health care technology and sanitation loom large in the stock-picking universe of Formula Capital's James Altucher.

  • Stock Picks: The 'Final Four' for the Next Quarter Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 3:16 PM ET

    The NCAA doesn't have a monopoly on the Final Four.  Lazard Capital Markets has issued its list of the four top "buy-rated" stocks at the start of the second quarter.  Lazard's director of research, Paul Noglows, revealed each of the four to CNBC and explained how they made the cut.

  • Options Swarm as LED Maker Shares Surge Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 1:50 PM ET

    LED technology company Cree is up 6 percent Wednesday, with huge options activity. The average call activity in CREE for the month of March was 2,200 contracts a day, but today some 23,200 calls changed hands in the first hour of trading alone.

  • Stock Picks for the Second Quarter Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 10:52 AM ET

    Mark Travis, CEO of Intrepid Capital Funds told CNBC, “I think the heavy hand of government has created some volatility — and that’s created an awful good opportunity to acquire financial assets.”

  • Regional Banks: What Options Say Now Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 9:27 AM ET

    Fifth Third Bancorp was one of a long list of regional banks that had been practically left for dead, but yesterday (Tuesday) its shares spiked nearly 18 percent with heavy options activity.

  • Futures Head Lower on Jobs Weakness Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 8:31 AM ET

    US stock index futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street after economic news showed steepening pressure in the jobs market.

  • Metal Stocks Will Soar in Second Half: Rio Tinto CEO Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009 | 5:02 PM ET

    According to Tom Albanese, CEO of Rio Tinto, infrastructure stocks will see a boost in the second half of 2009 — thanks largely to the U.S. and China.

  • Options Traders Bet Big on Internet Ads Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009 | 2:05 PM ET

    Online ad company ValueClick is burning bright with call activity today, as a new report shows that Internet advertising grew 10.6 percent to $23.4 billion last year.

  • Solar Energy Stocks Are Red Hot! Why? Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009 | 10:17 AM ET

    On Thursday, solar exchange traded funds (ETFs) soared by about 17 percent, and some stocks within the funds were up by as much as 50 percent. For the week, the ETFs finished up about 30 percent. What gives?

  • Buffett Burlington Buyout Rumor: Should You Believe? Monday, 30 Mar 2009 | 2:23 PM ET

    Berkshire Hathaway, which owns 22 percent of Burlington Northern, is being chatted up as a potential buyer of BNI along with Chinese railway operator Guangshen Railway. Does the market rumor meet the "3 Vs" test?