• Stocks Pare Losses After Construction Report Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | 10:44 AM ET

    Stocks declined Monday, the second day of trading in the new year, after a rally last week that pushed the Dow up more than 6 percent and past the key 9,000 mark. A report that showed construction spending fell by half of what was expected helped shave some of the loss.

  • Futures Fall As Auto Sales Figures Loom Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | 9:08 AM ET

    Wall Street looked set to open lower in the second day of trading of the year after Friday's rebound, with investors expected to take some profits following the Dow's rise to more than 9,000.

  • W-Shaped Recovery More Likely: Strategist Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | 7:07 AM ET

    A W-shaped recovery is more likely than a V-shaped one this year, and stocks look relatively attractive compared to other asset classes such as bonds, Juerg Zingg, managing partner at Q Investments, told CNBC.

  • Dow Tops 9,000 Amid New Year Optimism Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 5:51 PM ET

    Stocks rebounded Friday as investors displayed some optimism for the new year, scooping up bargains in the consumer discretionary and energy sectors. The Dow ended above 9,000 for the first time since early November.

  • Stocks Slide as Santa Rally Remains Elusive Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 5:48 PM ET

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

  • Dow Breaches 9,000 Amid New Year Optimism Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 5:35 PM ET

    Stocks rebounded Friday, pushing the Dow above the key 9,000 mark as investors rang in the new year with optimism, scooping up bargains.

  • Stock Picker:  Building On Infrastructure Plays Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 3:54 PM ET

    There's been a lot of talk about infrastructure plays in the stock market, with President-elect Barack Obama's campaign pledge for a build-out.  The new President takes office in less than three weeks, and chief investment officer Randy Bateman of Huntington Funds has some infrastructure investment ideas you may not have considered.

  • Stock Picker: Playing Wireless in China Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 3:53 PM ET

    Think of infrastructure, and you probably think about bridges and highways, but Jeff Markunas of the RidgeWorth Large Cap Core Equity Fund will remind you that wireless is also infrastructure, and China is involved in a big wireless build-out.

  • Stock Picker: Home-Entertainment Plays Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 1:06 PM ET

    "During the `30s, during the Depression, they all went to the movies," Alan Valdes of Hilliard Lyons told CNBC.  "We still like entertainment and leisure, but this time, we think they're going to stay at home."  So how does he play the stay-at-home entertainment market?

  • Stock Picker: Energy and Small-Cap Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 1:04 PM ET

    Plunging oil prices have not scared Eric Cinnamond away from energy stocks.  In fact, 17 percent of his equity portfolio is now energy; six months ago, there were no energy stocks in it.  He's also big on small-cap stocks.

  • Dow Jumps 100 Amid New Year Optimism Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 12:46 PM ET

    Stocks rebounded Friday, led by consumer discretionary and energy, after a quick dip triggered by an ISM report that showed manufacturing activity at a 28-year low.

  • Sector Picker:  Defense Now, Offense Soon Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 10:46 AM ET

    Hugh Johnson of Johnson Illington Advisors is beginning the new year in a defensive investing posture, but he's getting ready for a quick switch to the offense.  He feels things have been changing since the market bottom on November 20.

  • 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?