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  • Wall Street to Start 2009 Flat Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 6:19 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a largely flat open for Wall Street in the first day of the year after lodging the best year-end rally ever Wednesday.

  • Stocks Log Best Year-End Rally Ever! Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 5:21 PM ET

    Will Santa squeak in a rally before the ball drops? Early moves suggest it could happen: Stocks continued to rise Tuesday, adding to the more than 2-percent gain logged on Wednesday.

  • The Biggest Options Trade: Financials Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 4:16 PM ET

    Financial stocks have taken a beating in 2008 with one index down almost 60 percent, and one option trader is betting on more pain in the first quarter. The XLF Financial SPDR came into 2008 near $30 and dropped to a low of $8.67 last month before rallying...

  • Options Boil on Software Takeover Buzz Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 2:58 PM ET

    NetApp is up more than 5 percent and seeing intense options action today as takeover rumors circulate on the trading floor. Average daily call volume for NTAP is 5,900, but this morning more than 17,500 traded in the first 45 minutes alone. Why..?

  • Stocks Tick Higher on Last Day of '08 Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 2:42 PM ET

    Will Santa squeak in a rally before the ball drops? Early moves suggest it could happen: Stocks continued to rise Tuesday, adding to the more than 2-percent gain logged on Wednesday.

  • The 30% Club: Three Stocks With Promising Returns Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 2:03 PM ET

    Brent Wilsey has a simple guideline for the new year: He thinks investors should put their money into companies whose returns will improve at least 30 percent in 2009. Easier said than done, you say?  The president of Wilsey Asset Management has three stock picks that fit the bill.

  • These Airline Stocks Will Soar: Strategist Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 12:55 PM ET

    When oil prices spiked to unprecedented altitudes, airlines were hurting.  Oil prices have now plunged — and airlines, which had hedged their fuel purchases at much higher levels, are hurting even more. So why does Hunter Keay of Stifel Nicolaus Capital Markets think now might be a good time to buy airline stocks?

  • Stock Picker: Buy Quality In 2009 Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 11:31 AM ET

    "2008 was as rugged as it gets," John Merrill, CIO of Tanglewood Wealth Management, told CNBC, but if investors adhered to a proper asset allocation, it was "a considerably better process." So what's a proper asset allocation?

  • Stocks Tick Higher on Last Day of '08 Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 11:24 AM ET

    Will Santa squeak in a rally before the ball drops? Early moves suggest it could happen: Stocks continued to rise Tuesday, adding to the more than 2-percent gain logged on Wednesday.

  • What Options Traders Are Saying About Adobe Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 10:46 AM ET

    Adobe Systems is down more than 51 percent this year — but is seeing huge call activity. The average daily call volume is 3,300, but Tuesday the software maker saw more than 12,000 contracts trade at the February 22.50 strike alone (AEQBX), most of them for $1, according to OptionMonster's tracking systems.

  • Futures Jump on Drop in Jobless Claims Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 8:36 AM ET

    Futures turned higher Wednesday after a report showed a sharp drop in jobless claims last week.

  • Stocks Rally 2% on Auto Bailout, Tech Gains Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 5:06 PM ET

    Stocks rallied to the finish line as investors shrugged off a drop in consumer confidence and cheered the bailout of General Motors' finance arm.

  • Stocks to Buy Now for a Longer Horizon Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 3:42 PM ET

    Got a few years on your investment time horizon?  John Buckingham, chief portfolio manager for Al Frank Asset Management, has a few stocks to recommend.

  • Options Traders Spooked by Mining Company Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 3:11 PM ET

    Global mining company Anglo American is seeing heavy call action Tuesday after announcing that it would cut 2009 spending programs by more than 50 percent.

  • Stock Picker: There's a Rally Very Soon! Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 11:38 AM ET

    Jack Hough is so convinced that the stock market is ready to rally that he's written a book about it, Your Next Great Stock.  So what's behind his enthusiasm?

  • Stock Picker: Pick Up the Gold Bars! Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 10:48 AM ET

    Bill Spiropoulos of CoreStates Capital Advisors thinks investors should be buying stocks right now. Actually, he doesn't just think. He insists.

  • Stocks Jump on News of GMAC Bailout Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 10:02 AM ET

    Stocks rebounded Tuesday as investors cheered the bailout of General Motors' finance arm.

  • Futures Rise on Year-End Rally Hope Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 7:18 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street Tuesday, after ending down on Monday, with investors still hoping for a last rally in the final days of the year.

  • Stocks Slide as Santa Rally Remains Elusive Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | 4:19 PM ET

    Stocks ended lower as the unraveling of one of the biggest deals this year overshadowed gains in the energy sector.

  • Stock Picker: Casino Companies? You Bet! Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | 2:25 PM ET

    After eight years of winning, the high-rolling casino gambling business rolled snake eyes this year, but Dennis Forst of KeyBanc Capital Markets still has his eyes on some promising investments in the field.