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  • Options Trades: Bad Omen for Oil & Gas Co.? Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | 1:43 PM ET

    Chesapeake Energy is seeing heavy options activity Thursday, as rising oil supplies weigh heavily on the energy sector. CHK has been trading between $14 and $19 for the last two months, but today's options action indicates that we could see it fall below that range in the short term...

  • Bank Stocks: Four Strong Picks (Believe it or Not) Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | 11:43 AM ET

    Anton Schutz thinks banks have been getting a bad rap. "We think that this group has been so battered, if you look at the technical indications, coming out of earnings reports every one of the last five quarters, you've seen this group bounce dramatically," the portfolio manager for Mendon Capital and Burnham Asset Management told CNBC.

  • Dow Gains 3.5% as Bank Stocks Bounce Back Wednesday, 21 Jan 2009 | 5:17 PM ET

    Stocks clawed their way back from a midday rout as banks surged and investors relaxed after the Treasury Secretary nomination hearing ended.

  • Stocks Recover After Being Rattled by Hearing Wednesday, 21 Jan 2009 | 3:17 PM ET

    Stocks clawed their way back after paring earlier gains amid worries about the confirmation hearing of the Treasury Secretary nominee.

  • Does Weird Option Trade = Big Steel Takeover? Wednesday, 21 Jan 2009 | 1:40 PM ET

    Gerdau is a Brazil-based steel manufacturer that has seen its shares crushed. Trading in the mid-$20s last summer, GGB has fallen some 25 percent just in the last week or so. But as shares traded around $6.47 this morning, someone goes out and buys 8,200 March 12.50 calls for $0.10. Does someone see a takeover brewing?

  • A Beaker Full Of Biotech Stocks Wednesday, 21 Jan 2009 | 12:00 PM ET

    Sarat Sethi of Douglas C. Lane & Associates thinks investors ought to buy stocks, but must choose very carefully before they do. "I think it's too early to get into areas where companies are too levered, because capital markets are still not fully open," he told CNBC. "I would stick with the consumer staples, companies that have good international diversification, and health care, especially life sciences and medical products."

  • Stock Tips: Think Long-Range, Buy Telecoms Wednesday, 21 Jan 2009 | 11:04 AM ET

    RDM Financial Group's Ron Weiner has two important guideposts in his investment strategy: Think long-range, and consider telecom. "If you've got a three-month outlook, everything's scary; if you've got a three-year outlook, everything's cheap," he told CNBC.

  • 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.