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  • No. 1 Options Play Today: Credit Cards Monday, 12 Jan 2009 | 3:12 PM ET

    Visa is down about 3 percent Monday, and the largest options play of the day is apparently looking for more range-bound trading. The options trade of the day so far involves Visa's February 65 calls...

  • Tiffany: Options Clues Ahead of Sales Report Monday, 12 Jan 2009 | 3:08 PM ET

    A large put trade has been made in Tiffany as its shares have fallen ahead of its holiday sales report Wednesday. One trader this morning bought 10,000 of the January 20 puts...

  • Bob Doll, vice chairman and global CIO of equities at BlackRock, is calling for double-digit equities growth for 2009. See his top stocks in his top sectors!

  • Dow Logs Worst Week Since Late November Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 5:31 PM ET

    The Dow logged its worst week since late November, erasing all of last week's gains in a brutal week littered with layoffs and profit warnings, and capped with a surge in unemployment.

  • Stocks Fall Sharply as Jobless Rate Soars Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 2:13 PM ET

    The Dow opened higher Friday amid a giant sigh of relief in the market that only half a million jobs were lost in December. Market buzz had indicated the number could be as high as a million.

  • Options Tracker: Home Builders, Energy And Yahoo Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 1:46 PM ET

    Major homebuilders are down across the board today as Lennar faces fraud accusations from a self-described consumer group.

  • Stock-Picking Through the Rubble Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 11:51 AM ET

    Charles Bobrinskoy of Manning & Napier Advisors has some essential questions to ask about the economic climate, its effects on stocks, and the scope of bargains:  How bad is the news?  How bad did we expect it to be? But beware of generalization.  "What you have to do is pick through the rubble of 2008 and find out individual companies where the negativity is too great."

  • Stocks To Pick While "Waiting" For Obama Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 11:49 AM ET

    There's still a week and a half to go before the new administration takes over in Washington, and it's left the market directionless, with little buying to support the recent rally.  Still, Steve Grasso of Stuart Frankel has some ideas for stock buyers, if they want to stand up and be counted.

  • Dow Retreats After Quick Jobs-Relief Pop Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 11:38 AM ET

    The Dow opened higher Friday amid a giant sigh of relief in the market that only half a million jobs were lost in December. Market buzz had indicated the number could be as high as a million.

  • Stock Picker: Wait For Growth, Buy the Dividends Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 10:31 AM ET

    The unemployment rate is at 7.2 percent, that's just for openers, and investors should plan accordingly, according to Michael Yoshikami of YCMNET Advisors.  He feels portfolios should be built on shares of companies with safe dividend returns, because those waiting for growth are going to wait a long time.

  • Stock Picker: Sectors To Ride Out the Recession Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 10:29 AM ET

    No getting around it: Things are bad and likely to get worse, and investors must position their portfolios accordingly. Recovery may be coming eventually, but investment dollars do need a home in the meantime.

  • Futures Turn Higher After Jobs Report Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 8:54 AM ET

    The Dow turned higher after the December jobs report came in as expected, that is to say that more than half a million jobs were lost in December. Market buzz had indicated the number could be as high as a million.

  • Stocks End Mixed Ahead of Jobs Report Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 4:21 PM ET

    Stocks ended mixed as dismal December retail sales — notably from discount giant Wal-Mart — offset strength in techs, led by Microsoft.

  • Options Action: Play On Bio Tech Firm Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 3:27 PM ET

    Elan is seeing extremely heavy options activity as its stock moves higher. So far today 54,000 calls are trading against 18,000 puts, which amounts to 16 times the average turnover in December, according to OptionMonster's tracking systems

  • Stocks Pare Losses, Helped by Microsoft Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 2:57 PM ET

    Stocks took a hit from weak December retail sales — even from some of the biggest discount names — but trimmed losses arround midday as strength from Microsoft helped push the Nasdaq into positive territory.

  • Analyst Still Sees Some Bright Spots in Retail Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 2:13 PM ET

    Despite dismal December chain store sales numbers, Kimberly Greenberger, retail analyst at Citi, told CNBC's investors to prepare their portfolios accordingly as retail stocks will make a turnaround in 2009.

  • Hunting For Value in Consumer Staples Stocks Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 10:56 AM ET

    Will Nasgovitz, portfolio manager of Hartland Advisors told CNBC he sees a few consumer staples stocks that will help boost portfolios.

  • Wal-Mart Hits Stocks; Microsoft Boosts Tech Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 10:51 AM ET

    Weaker-than-expected December numbers from Wal-Mart sent stock futures sharply lower as retailers overall painted a bleak picture of holiday sales.

  • Stock Picker:  Small Caps, Big Deal Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 10:26 AM ET

    David Sowerby is big on small-caps.  The chief portfolio manager at Loomis Sayles says they've been outperforming the S&P 500 since the market bottomed last fall, and he has some appropriate names for investors to consider now.

  • Stock Picker:  Picks Over Troubled Water Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 9:42 AM ET

    Talk about infrastructure, and people think about highways and bridges. Another big part of the infrastructure picture is the water those bridges cross, and in the updating of America's water-supply system that must take place, there are opportunities for investment.