Jim Cramer explains what to watch ahead of the open, including the health of Gap's brands. He says retail is not an "investable sector" right now.» Read More
Mike O'Rourke, chief market strategist at BTIG Bass Trading, and Scott Burns, equity analyst at Morningstar, discuss whether certain exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are exacerbating market volatility.
Another day, another rumor that AK Steel is going to be taken over. While we have no information that can confirm or deny the interest, we do note unusually high options activity.
Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley report quarterly earnings this week. What's the story going forward for these financial giants? David Trone of Fox-Pitt offered his insights to CNBC.
Puts are trading heavily in shares of Marshall & Ilsley on Monday, after downgrades on the financial services firm.
Investors wanting to add stocks to their portfolio in the New Year should look for companies with strong balance sheets and cash flow like BSkyB, Nestle and Zurich Life, Anna Barnfather, head of equities research from Jefferies International, told CNBC.
Just like in physics, lawmakers reflexively follow the path of least resistance. And like water, they also seem to seek their own level and find the lowest point along the way...
Phil Orlando of Federated Investors has bad news and good news, and based on that news, he identifies some sectors where he believes stock buyers should be putting their money. Jerry Castellini of CastleArk Management thinks all that needs to happen is for government bailout grants to kick in.
Options traders are bearish on State Street, trading January puts in heavy volume. The financial services firm has seen a daily average of 1,800 put contracts over the last 30 days, but 14,000 traded in just the first 90 minutes of the session...
Thursday was a busy day in options on Charles Schwab, according to Rebecca Darst of NYSE Euronext. There was also wide-ranging options action among companies that make medical devices.
Numbers from the fed today demonstrated the turmoil that swept our ecoomy in the third quarter.
Traders are bullish on mining company Silver Wheaton as precious metals move higher today.
Dan Genter at RNC Genter Capital Management said the bull market will return soon and it’s time for investors to start “brining their heads up out of the fox hole and start tiptoeing through the mine field” to buy into some sectors that have been beat up.
The new year is still three weeks away, but Keith Wirtz of Fifth Third Asset Management has a couple of stocks he thinks investors ought to own in 2009. Both are stocks of conservative companies he likes because of their fundamentals, and are likely to do well as the market recovers.
Jamie Cox of Harris Financial Group is looking past the current "flight to quality" that has dropped Treasury yields so far, and saying where he thinks the money will be heading when it comes flying back.
Fortune Magazine is looking ahead to 2009 with a list of 10 promising stocks. Senior editor Leigh Gallagher says, "When markets return, they return in force. Usually, after a bear market, in the first nine months, the market goes up by an average of 32 percent, so if you wait, you risk missing big momentum."
Focus Media is seeing some heavy options trading as its stock spikes more than 20 percent Wednesday afternoon. Shares in the company, which operates an outdoor advertising network in China, were trading as low as $6.62 just Friday — but have gone as high as $9.18 today...
Michael Yoshikami of YCMNET Advisors has a couple of stocks he's keeping his eye on: one to continue watching, and one as a buying opportunity right now. The sector is technology.
Eric Schoenstein of the Jensen Portfolio says equities remain the best bet in the long run. His advice: "You've got to start thinking more clearly about fundamentals of businesses, quality businesses that have real growth potential, cash flow generation opportunities."
As construction-related names pick up steam with President-elect Obama's infrastructure plans, Century Aluminum is moving higher and seeing increased options activity.
Jeffery Harte of Sandler O'Neill says it's time for investors to stop shunning financials. See his top stock picks.