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  • Trade Options 'Like an Insider' (Legally) Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 12:40 PM ET

    You can trade legally options "like an insider" -- if you stay alert and watch market momentum. Jon Najarian, co-founder of OptionsMonster.com and frequent guest on CNBC's "Fast Money," offered his wisdom on how to do it -- and which options look the hottest right now.

  • Attention, Shoppers: These Mall Stocks Are Bargains Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 5:59 PM ET

    Forget subprime -- there are still solid real estate investments out there, says Jonathan Litt, real estate investment trust (REIT) analyst at Citigroup

  • Bank Stocks: One Winner, One Takeover Target Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 2:36 PM ET

    Banking stocks aren't dead, said Richard Bove, financial strategist at Punk, Ziegel; but they have to be judged differently going forward. Bove gave his insights into which Wall Street firms are the strongest-positioned -- and which will see their troubles getting even worse.

  • Fast-Food Stocks Mean Nice, Fat Profit Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 1:45 PM ET

    The biggest names in fast food can still fatten your portfolio, according to Banc of America senior research analyst Andy Barish.

  • Bait Your Hook and 'Top-Fish' Tech Stocks Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 12:09 PM ET

    Falling shares are likely to keep sliding in the near-term, cautions David Sowerby -- so hold off on bottom-fishing for stocks. Instead, the chief market analyst and portfolio manager at Loomis Sayles names stocks that will continue to benefit from capital spending.

  • How to Profit from the Energy Bill Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 11:40 AM ET

    The proposed energy-conservation bill is sure to pass, says Kevin Book -- and there are plenty of ways to profit from it. The senior vice president for energy policy, oil & alternative energy at FBR Capital Markets offered several stock plays for alert investors.

  • One Video Game Stock Shall Rule the Holidays Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 5:28 PM ET

    Competition among videogame console makers is getting rougher as the holiday season goes on. Tony Gikas, analyst at Piper Jaffray, thinks one particular company is going to prevail in the sales war. Click to see his stock pick.

  • Overlooked Airline Stocks From a 5-Star Manager Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 3:52 PM ET

    JetBlue isn't the only airline inspiring investors: Ric Dillon, chief investment officer at Diamond Hill Investment Group, runs the Morningstar five-star-rated Long-Short Fund; he recommended overlooked airline stocks.

  • Be Brave: Profit from Banks, Refinery Stocks Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 2:44 PM ET

    Jon Najarian, co-founder of Optionmonster.com, Bill Nichols, senior managing director at Bear Stearns, and Steve Grasso, broker at Stuart Financial, named the stocks that confident investors should buy.

  • Outlook '08: Commodities Will Run Hot And Cold Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 8:40 AM ET

    The boom in commodities prices have captured the spotlight in recent years, but investors need to be selective going forward as some of these markets have likely peaked, analysts say. Energy and base metals should be approached with caution given expectations for a sluggish US economy, a major consumer of virtually all commodities, but grains may have room to rally.

  • Outlook '08: Fixed Income May Make Investors Defensive Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 11:40 AM ET

    Investors in US fixed income markets face a laundry list of uncertainties in 2008, which are likely to keep them on the defensive, analysts say. The best course of action may be to diversify.

  • Outlook '08: Real Estate Offers Bargains And Damaged Goods Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 11:39 AM ET

    Betting on real estate these days is not for the faint of heart.  Between the housing correction, economic uncertainty, the credit crisis and predicted softening in the commercial property markets, determining where to invest for future returns requires an extra dose of due diligence and, let's face it, good old-fashioned courage.

  • Outlook '08: Spread The Risk In Your Portfolio Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 3:31 PM ET

    With 2008 likely to be another volatile year for the markets, many money managers say a well-diversified portfolio is more important than ever, but some experts have varying ideas about what's in store for the different asset classes.

  • If Santa Brings Stock Rally, It Could Be Bumpy Ride Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 5:42 PM ET
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    If the stock market enjoys a traditional Santa Claus rally this year, it may also  come with some tough sledding.

  • Low-Risk Energy Stocks: Skip the Mideast Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 12:46 PM ET

    Kent Croft has a way for investors to play energy, with a minimum of risk. His four-star Croft Value Fund is up 16.6 percent year-to-date, and he recommends two relatively-obscure energy companies with some important things in common.

  • Stocks That Perform -- Even in a Downturn Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 11:42 AM ET

    It's tough for a stock to get into Robert Millen's good graces. The co-portfolio manager of the Jensen Portfolio told CNBC he looks for companies with best-in-class products and steadily increasing bottom lines -- and he offered viewers two names that fit the bill.

  • Financials Put The Pressure On Futures Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 9:09 AM ET

    Futures lower this morning on pressure from the financials. The UBS headline for the bank analyst report this morning tells the story: lower earnings ahead. They are adjusting their 2008 earnings expectations for many banks and brokers.

  • Lehman Buys Van der Moolen US NYSE Assets Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 6:33 AM ET

    Lehman Brothers said on Tuesday it would buy assets from Dutch specialist market maker Van der Moolen Holding including its New York Stock Exchange portfolio.

  • Van der Moolen, AmEx: The Latest Acquisition Talk Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | 4:48 PM ET

    We are still waiting for the NYSE to announce the winner of the bid for Van der Moolen's specialist business. Van der Moolen announced a couple weeks ago that they were exiting the business; I have reported Lehman is the winner, but there has been no official announcement.

  • Stocks Had Bad November -- Will Santa Bring a Rally? Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 5:33 PM ET

    November, traditionally a good month for stocks, was anything but.  The Dow and S&P 500 had their worst month in five years.