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  • 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.

  • Three Stocks with the Right Prices Now Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | 12:28 PM ET

    Jeff Auxier isn't waiting to see where the train is going before getting aboard.  "It's hard to predict markets," the CEI of Auxier Asset Management conceded to CNBC. "We're there on a price basis, but we're still working off a lot of borrowed money."  — But he sees some opportunities.

  • Does Financials Rally = Market Bottom? Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | 12:08 PM ET

    Financial stocks are rallying Tuesday. Is the market bottom starting? Frederic Dickson at D.A. Davidson & Co. and Jack Ablin at Harris Private Bank offered their insights to investors.

  • Futures Rise on Rare Banking Optimism Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | 8:03 AM ET

    US stock index futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street after Monday's selloff and with some good news emerging from the banking sector.

  • Nokia Options Swirl on Verizon Rumor Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | 7:26 AM ET

    Options activity was intense in Nokia yesterday amid reports of a possible deal with Verizon on a 4G device.

  • Stocks Rally From Seven-Year Low Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | 5:21 PM ET

    Stocks retreated in a yo-yo session as an earlier advance in the shares of energy and big-cap technology companies dissipated. But banks held gains as investors hoped for more clarity on the government plan to firm up the financial system, with Fed Chairman Ben Beranke meeting with President Obama today.

  • Options Traders Fear Index Fund Fall Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | 4:00 PM ET

    Even as the Russell 2000 turned around Monday morning from its lower opening along with the other major indexes, the options action was in the puts. The IWM exchange traded fund, which tracks the small-cap Russell, is roughly flat on the day but reached as high as $35.64 this morning.

  • Options Point to Bounce in Defense Contractor Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | 3:10 PM ET

    General Dynamics is drawing call activity as Wall Street analysts appear conflicted over the outlook for GD and other defense contractors. Options traders are playing a May 40-45 call spread that is looking for General Dynamics to bounce after dropping more than 30 percent in the last quarter.

  • Gartman: Here's How the Bear Market Will End Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | 11:22 AM ET

    Last Friday, when the Dow lost 150 points, the Gartman Letter's Dennis Gartman predicted a huge capitulation sell-off after the weekend — unless something changed. It changed. So where is he putting his money?

  • Duke Energy Sees 'Extremely Unusual' Options Action Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | 10:00 AM ET

    Duke Energy is seeing extremely unusual call activity as its shares reach multi-year lows. More than 33,000 calls traded at the April 12.50 strike against open interest of just 784 contracts by mid-afternoon Thursday. Why?