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  • 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?

  • Futures Lower; Deal Gives Schering Boost Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | 8:25 AM ET

    Stock index futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street, but were off the day's lows as Dow component Merck announced it will merge with Schering-Plough in a cash and stock deal.

  • Stock Picker's Surprising 80% Solution Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | 3:01 PM ET

    Did we hear right?  Did we hear Charles Crane of Scotsman Capital Management say that if someone walked in with new cash today, he'd put 80 percent of it into stocks?

  • Options Point to 6-Month Bank Stock Slide Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | 12:58 PM ET

    As Bank of America hovers above its 52-week lows, options traders Friday are apparently anticipating that the stock will fall sharply in the next six months.

  • Biotech Stock Picks for Health-Care Reform Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | 9:47 AM ET

    The final form of health-care reform is hardly clear, but Joel Sendek of Lazard Capital Markets says he's heard enough to point him toward some rewarding stock-market investments.

  • Playing Health Care Reform w/ Genetics Stocks Thursday, 5 Mar 2009 | 4:41 PM ET

    It's still not clear what, if any, reform is going to come to health care in America, but Miller Tabak's Les Funtleyder is ready to play it.  "There are some companies we like in the genetics space, which would benefit by increased NIH [National Institutes of Health] spending."

  • A 'Great Time' for Stock Profits Thursday, 5 Mar 2009 | 4:02 PM ET

    Add SKBA Capital Management's Andy Bischel to the list of market players who are looking out over the "valley" to a resurgence of stocks. "It's a great time to be putting money in the stock markets, given how depressed they are," Bischel told CNBC.

  • Options Trading: Bad Omen for Regional Bank Stock Thursday, 5 Mar 2009 | 3:34 PM ET

    Shares of PNC Financial are down sharply for a second day, and options trading indicates that there may be more downside ahead.

  • Natural Gas Stocks for Q2 and Beyond Thursday, 5 Mar 2009 | 10:59 AM ET

    Don Wordell is powering his portfolio with natural gas. So, steering away from the "marginal players," where does Wordell think an investor should go?

  • Options Traders Ride Harley-Davidson Hard Thursday, 5 Mar 2009 | 10:28 AM ET

    The economic crisis has been steadily pounding Harley-Davidson's shares lower by the day, and now traders are aggressively buying puts as well.

  • Gold: What Options Trading Says Now Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | 4:37 PM ET

    As gold pulls back roughly 10 percent from its highs of two weeks ago, options trading is pointing to further downside. Gold futures crossed the $1,000 mark briefly on Feb. 20 but have dropped every day since then...

  • Options Are Bearish on This Home Builder Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | 1:33 PM ET

    Lennar is seeing a feeding frenzy of bearish options trading, as hedge fund managers circulate rumors that the homebuilder has hired a bankruptcy law firm.