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  • 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.

  • Humana Options Jump on Takeover Talk Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | 4:54 PM ET

    Humana is up more than 7 percent Friday and seeing heavy call activity, amid rumors of a takeover by Aetna. More than 26,500 HUM calls traded in the first hour of the day — that's nearly six times the average daily call volume...

  • Stock Picks: Here Comes the Cash 'Slingshot' Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | 12:10 PM ET

    The cash is finally leaving the sidelines, according to Congress Asset Management's Peter Andersen, and he's got some ideas about where the early dollars ought to be going. 

  • He's Up For a Down Market Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | 11:46 AM ET

    What's been happening in the market has been enough to turn some people off on stocks, but not Stephen Mauzy.  If anything, he's worried that the down market won't last long enough.

  • Stock Picks Dripping with Cash Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | 11:17 AM ET

    Even when picking stocks, cash is king, according to Wouter Weijand from Fortis Investments, who likes US funeral service company Hillenbrand, Swiss healthcare manufacturer Novartis, and Australia’s ANZ Bank.

  • Options Boil on Biotech M&A Talk Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | 3:07 PM ET

    The IBB biotech ETF is drawing strong options activity Thursday, as news ranging from mergers to government regulation continues to rock the sector.

  • Time To Buy 'Healthy' Financial Stocks Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | 12:56 PM ET

    Technology stocks helped investors survive the market plunge, and techs are likely to continue to help, according to Holland & Co.'s Mike Holland, but more is needed.  "The thing can't keep going without the financials," he told CNBC. "The healthy financials — if that's not an oxymoron — are the place you want to be."

  • GE Ratings Cut: Only 5 AAA Industrials Left Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | 11:43 AM ET

    Standard & Poor's downgraded General Electric, lowering its rating to AA-plus with a stable outlook, down from the top-tier, AAA credit rating it enjoyed. Here are some sobering facts about GE and other big stocks...

  • Options Trader Targets Capital One Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | 3:32 PM ET

    A large trader has stepped in to buy calls in Capital One Financial Wednesday. About 10,000 upside calls were bought at the April 12.50 strike for $1.35 and $1.40, in a span of about two minutes this morning.

  • Manager: Financials Earnings Will Grow Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | 3:03 PM ET

    Citigroup's report of a profitable start to 2009 notwithstanding, earnings in the financial sector have been dreadful. So why is Fifth Third Asset Management's Mary Jane Matts so enthusiastic about financials?

  • UBS Report: Don't Trust Financials Bounce Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | 12:00 PM ET

    Top financial stocks carried their Tuesday gains into Wednesday trading. But a report from UBS suggests the rebound may be a mere bounce — not a bottom.

  • Options Trader Bets on Scientific Equipment Maker Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | 10:52 AM ET

    One large options trader is buying calls in Waters Corporation, which manufactures and sells lab equipment for chemical analysis. WAT's options volume for the last month averages 552 contracts a day, but yesterday (Tuesday) more than 4,000 of the March 40 calls alone were bought by mid-afternoon...

  • Dow Jumps 5.8% in Bank-Fueled Rally Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | 5:46 PM ET

    Stocks took off like a rocket Tuesday, with the Dow gaining a whopping 5.8 percent, as banks rallied after a combination of encouraging news from the sector. The Nasdaq jumped 7.1 percent.

  • Options Traders Glom Onto Disney Shares Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | 2:56 PM ET

    Options traders are snapping up calls as Disney bounces off a new 52-week low today.

  • Stocks Hold Surge as Citi Up Nearly 40% Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | 2:24 PM ET

    Stocks pared some of their earlier gains but were still up sharply on renewed confidence about the financial sector.

  • Stock Picks for 'Dow 8000' Bounce Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | 1:37 PM ET

    Question:  When will we see a return of the kind of leverage that propelled the last bull market?  Answer, from Stockmarket Mentor's Dan Fitzpatrick:  Never.  That said, he's been looking for a big upside market move, and he has some recommendations for stock investors to ride it on.