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  • Mosaic Options Pop on Cargill Rumors Monday, 2 Mar 2009 | 8:47 AM ET

    Mosaic is drawing heavy options activity amid rumors that the fertilizer company will be taken over by agricultural giant Cargill.

  • Gold Miner Gets 'Astronomical' Options Action Friday, 27 Feb 2009 | 2:04 PM ET

    Ivanhoe Mines is seeing astronomical options activity Friday as traders snap up calls in huge volume. By midmorning alone more than 12,600 calls had changed hands, dwarfing the daily average of 350 contracts in January...

  • Two Stock Picks: Biotech & Pharma Friday, 27 Feb 2009 | 12:20 PM ET

    Rounding out a rough week on Wall Street, biotech and pharma emerged as the Friday-trade choices of two CNBC guests.

  • Tech Stock Strategy: Long-Term Contracts Friday, 27 Feb 2009 | 11:31 AM ET

    Rough economic weather, underscored by a weaker-than-expected Q4 GDP reading, failed to dissuade Fort Pitt Capital's Charlie Smith from some carefully-chosen stock selections.

  • Options Traders Love Dow Chemical Friday, 27 Feb 2009 | 10:33 AM ET

    Dow Chemical faces daunting legal and business challenges but is nonetheless raising bullish speculation among options traders.

  • Sallie Mae Options Are 'Exploding' Thursday, 26 Feb 2009 | 3:40 PM ET

    Puts are exploding in student loan company Sallie Mae, as the Obama administration is considering a proposal to have all student loans flow through the Education Department's direct-lending program.

  • 3 Stocks That Play Off Obama — And Recession Thursday, 26 Feb 2009 | 12:49 PM ET

    A lot of market pros wouldn't touch equities with a ten-foot pole these days, but Neil Hennessy is not among them.  He has some carefully-considered recommendations for investors based on new policy initiatives of the Obama administration — and even based on the economy itself.

  • Options 'Aggressively' Target Pharma Services Co. Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 2:05 PM ET

    Traders are aggressively buying calls in Omnicare ahead of its earnings report Thursday morning.

  • Dividend Stocks: Buy The Best — Not the 'Sexiest' Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 12:11 PM ET

    Is there such a thing as a safe dividend yield?  RNC Genter Capital Management's Dan Genter says an investor should look not to the size of the dividend, not even in relation to the stock price, but to consistency.

  • BlackRock's Bob Doll Picks HMO Stocks Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 11:04 AM ET

    Despite the recession, Robert Doll, vice chairman of BlackRock, told CNBC’s investor audience that the health maintenance organizations (HMO) sector is “outperforming the market.”

  • Gold Miner Sees Heavy Options Interest Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 3:20 PM ET

    Mining company Yamana Gold is down Tuesday along with the price of gold itself — but is still seeing some heavy call trading.

  • Stick With Stocks — And Try Tech Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 11:00 AM ET

    Stocks haven't been kind lately, but Eric Thorne of Bryn Mawr Trust Wealth Management says they haven't vanished from his firm's portfolios, and he has a few recommendations for stock-market investors.

  • Ledgers + Cash Flow + Visibility = Stock Buys Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 10:47 AM ET

    Ask Keith Wirtz what makes a stock a "buy" these days, and he'll tick off a short list: "We like plays that have certain characteristics: strong balance-sheet conditions, good free cash flow experiences, and good earnings visibility on the horizon," the president and chief investment officer of Fifth Third Asset Management told CNBC.

  • Options Radar Targets 2 Airline Stocks Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 10:17 AM ET

    Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines saw unusual options activity yesterday, as airline stocks surged across the board.

  • U.S. Steel: What Options Say Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 4:18 PM ET

    U.S. Steel is seeing aggressive put buying on heavy volume Monday, as the stock closes in on its 52-week low. X stock is down more than 11 percent to just over $22 and nearing its November low of just under $21.

  • A Billion Reasons to Buy These Insurance Stocks? Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 1:57 PM ET

    Oppenheimer's Paul Keung says there's a big growth opportunity in China.  It's insurance, and investors can get in on it through some stocks traded in America.

  • Video Game Stocks: Kah-ching! in Beijing Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 1:06 PM ET

    Looking for a stock-market foothold in China? Oppenheimer's Paul Keung suggests electronic game companies, wildly popular in China — and traded on the Nasdaq.

  • Gold, Silver & Platinum ETFs Soaring Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 12:16 PM ET

    What do silver, gold and platinum have in common? They’re all experiencing a renaissance, thanks to a growing flight to quality by nervous investors. While gold is the obvious choice for safe-haven investing, silver and platinum are showing signs of worthiness, too.

  • Stock Strategy: Dee-fense! Dee-fense! Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 10:12 AM ET

    Craig Peckham is hunkering down for a long period of softness in the economy, with stock positions that are clearly defensive. "We're steering clients toward health care and selective plays in the consumer staples space," the Jefferies equity trading strategist told CNBC.  "Technology is also interesting."

  • Medical Data, Ag Stocks: Do Your Homework Friday, 20 Feb 2009 | 4:11 PM ET

    It may not be time for stock-market investors to go back to "classes" just yet, but we should be doing our homework, according to Malcolm Polley, CIO  of Stewart Capital Advisors. So what has he learned by doing his homework?