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  • Stocks Bounce Back as Banks Soar Wednesday, 21 Jan 2009 | 9:39 AM ET

    Stocks opened higher Wednesday as investors hope President Barack Obama's economic team will bring clarity to the markets.

  • Futures Rebound after Inauguration Day Beating Wednesday, 21 Jan 2009 | 8:04 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street Wednesday as investors hope President Barack Obama's economic team will bring clarity to the markets.

  • Obama's Honeymoon: Which Stocks Get Love? Tuesday, 20 Jan 2009 | 6:37 PM ET

    The markets got off to a rough start on Inauguration Day, but Brent Wilsey predicts a honeymoon on Wall Street as Barack Obama moves into the White House.  "When I feel the optimism today, how excited everybody is, I think he will have some honeymoon here," the president of Wilsey Asset Management told CNBC.

  • Financial Stocks: What Options Are Telling You Tuesday, 20 Jan 2009 | 5:43 PM ET

    Financial stocks are seeing huge options activity Tuesday, led by State Street, which is down roughly 50 percent after reporting a 71 percent drop in fourth-quarter earnings. Options volume for STT was six times normal this morning. Also: Options action looks at PNC Financial Services, Bank of America and JPMorgan.

  • Stock Picker: Diversity is the Key Tuesday, 20 Jan 2009 | 5:38 AM ET

    Wouter Weijand from Fortis Investors recommended three stocks in three different parts of the world -- stocks he sees as strong picks for investors: The Netherlands' Koninklijke DSM, Australia's Toll Holdings, and the US's Boardwalk Pipeline Partners. All three companies have been fairly beaten up in the past year but still have high yields.

  • Stocks End Crazy Week on Up Note Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 6:20 PM ET

    Stocks ended a dismal week on an up note as investors took some defensive positions in stocks like McDonald's amid nagging worries about the health of banks.

  • Cheap Fuel and Trucking Stocks: Some Surprises Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 3:14 PM ET

    Just a few short months ago, fuel prices were soaring through the roof, and trucking companies were worried about their survival. Now that fuel prices have plunged, trucking companies are thriving, right?  Wrong, according to Lee Klaskow of Longbow Research.

  • Stocks Advance as Investors Play Defense Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 2:44 PM ET

    Stocks were back up in a yo-yo session as investors took some defensive positions in stocks like McDonald's amid nagging worries about the health of banks.

  • Kimberly-Clark Shares: What Options Say Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 1:31 PM ET

    Options traders are bidding up calls in Kimberly-Clark after Merrill Lynch upgraded the consumer product company Friday morning. The average daily turnover of calls in KMB is 1,200 contracts, but some 4,000 changed hands in the first 90 minutes of today's session alone.

  • The Options Play on Yamana Gold Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 12:42 PM ET

    The price of Yamana Gold has followed in the general trend of the metal itself, but the stock is up more than 100 percent over the last 2.5 months. One trader is using the options to try to ride that move up...

  • Options Trade Bets Against Medical Device Maker Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 12:25 PM ET

    Boston Scientific is fighting to break out of its recent trading range as a large block of puts changes hands. BSX opened today by more than 2 percent from its close of $7.60 yesterday... The put activity coincides with a company setback in its protracted court battle with Johnson & Johnson.

  • Stock Picker: Old Reliables for the New Year Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 11:26 AM ET

    With a year of certain uncertainty now under way, Peter Andersen looks to reliability as a theme for stock-market investors.  "I would say the motto for 2009 is, 'Stick with the staples,'" the Congress Asset Management portfolio manager told CNBC.  "We're looking at solid, large-cap companies that have very strong dividends."

  • Governors: What Obama Should Do For Economy Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 10:23 AM ET

    As President-elect Barack Obama plans heads into office in a few short days, the nation's governors discuss their key economic concerns in their states—including unemployment and the stimulus package—and what the new president should do to relieve some of the fears of this struggling economy.

  • Futures Rally on Bailout Optimism Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 8:14 AM ET

    Futures rallied on the back of the Bank of America bailout Friday, with investors hoping the government will do all in its power to save big institutions from collapsing.

  • Options Traders Feed on Software Firm's Woes Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | 4:28 PM ET

    Autodesk is down more than 11 percent Thursday on news of job cuts and lower revenues than expected, and options traders are betting that it will fall even further, with only one day left before January contracts expire.

  • Four Hot Stocks in Four Diverse Sectors Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | 11:47 AM ET

    Paul Noglows, director of research at Lazard Capital Markets, suggested four stock picks in four different sectors that will see growth over the year.

  • Stock Picker: Think Big Caps, Small Banks (Pt. 1) Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | 11:09 AM ET

    Ted Parrish runs the four-star rated Henssler Equity Fund, and he thinks it's time to buy stocks. He's inclined to prefer large-cap stocks, except in one area. "The only area that might be a little different is probably financials," Parrish told CNBC. "I think the regional banks, the smaller banks, are maybe in a better position at this point." (PART ONE)

  • Stock Picker: Think Big Caps, Small Banks (Pt. 2) Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | 11:05 AM ET

    Ted Parrish runs the four-star rated Henssler Equity Fund, and he thinks it's time to buy stocks. He's inclined to prefer large-cap stocks, except in one area. "The only area that might be a little different is probably financials," Parrish told CNBC. "I think the regional banks, the smaller banks, are maybe in a better position at this point." (PART TWO)

  • Contrarian Play: Options Action Bets on Giant ETF Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 12:51 PM ET

    Shares in a key Brazil exchange traded fund are down about 7 percent on the day — but the options action is looking for upside. The iShare Brazil exchange traded fund is down to $33.47 on the day, while it was up above $40 a week ago. Shares remain more than 65 percent off their May 2008 high.

  • Clean & Efficient: Stocks For The Coming Power Grid Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 11:43 AM ET

    Alex Kurtz of Merriman Curhan Ford thinks green — and thinks green is smart. "We see this as a massive investment opportunity over the next three to five years," he told CNBC. "These are not science experiments in the clean-tech space; this is really about installing the backbone for the next generation of energies that are coming online."