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You can trade legally options "like an insider" -- if you stay alert and watch market momentum. Jon Najarian, co-founder of OptionsMonster.com and frequent guest on CNBC's "Fast Money," offered his wisdom on how to do it -- and which options look the hottest right now.
Forget subprime -- there are still solid real estate investments out there, says Jonathan Litt, real estate investment trust (REIT) analyst at Citigroup
Banking stocks aren't dead, said Richard Bove, financial strategist at Punk, Ziegel; but they have to be judged differently going forward. Bove gave his insights into which Wall Street firms are the strongest-positioned -- and which will see their troubles getting even worse.
The biggest names in fast food can still fatten your portfolio, according to Banc of America senior research analyst Andy Barish.
Falling shares are likely to keep sliding in the near-term, cautions David Sowerby -- so hold off on bottom-fishing for stocks. Instead, the chief market analyst and portfolio manager at Loomis Sayles names stocks that will continue to benefit from capital spending.
The proposed energy-conservation bill is sure to pass, says Kevin Book -- and there are plenty of ways to profit from it. The senior vice president for energy policy, oil & alternative energy at FBR Capital Markets offered several stock plays for alert investors.
Competition among videogame console makers is getting rougher as the holiday season goes on. Tony Gikas, analyst at Piper Jaffray, thinks one particular company is going to prevail in the sales war. Click to see his stock pick.
JetBlue isn't the only airline inspiring investors: Ric Dillon, chief investment officer at Diamond Hill Investment Group, runs the Morningstar five-star-rated Long-Short Fund; he recommended overlooked airline stocks.
Jon Najarian, co-founder of Optionmonster.com, Bill Nichols, senior managing director at Bear Stearns, and Steve Grasso, broker at Stuart Financial, named the stocks that confident investors should buy.
The boom in commodities prices have captured the spotlight in recent years, but investors need to be selective going forward as some of these markets have likely peaked, analysts say. Energy and base metals should be approached with caution given expectations for a sluggish US economy, a major consumer of virtually all commodities, but grains may have room to rally.
Investors in US fixed income markets face a laundry list of uncertainties in 2008, which are likely to keep them on the defensive, analysts say. The best course of action may be to diversify.
Betting on real estate these days is not for the faint of heart. Between the housing correction, economic uncertainty, the credit crisis and predicted softening in the commercial property markets, determining where to invest for future returns requires an extra dose of due diligence and, let's face it, good old-fashioned courage.
With 2008 likely to be another volatile year for the markets, many money managers say a well-diversified portfolio is more important than ever, but some experts have varying ideas about what's in store for the different asset classes.
If the stock market enjoys a traditional Santa Claus rally this year, it may also come with some tough sledding.
Kent Croft has a way for investors to play energy, with a minimum of risk. His four-star Croft Value Fund is up 16.6 percent year-to-date, and he recommends two relatively-obscure energy companies with some important things in common.
It's tough for a stock to get into Robert Millen's good graces. The co-portfolio manager of the Jensen Portfolio told CNBC he looks for companies with best-in-class products and steadily increasing bottom lines -- and he offered viewers two names that fit the bill.
November, traditionally a good month for stocks, was anything but. The Dow and S&P 500 had their worst month in five years.
Mid-cap stocks may be often overlooked -- but they can make an investor a lot of money, says Tony Dong, the portfolio manager of Munder Mid-Cap Core Growth Fund. He offered stock picks with low profiles and high potential.
Two top traders offered a mixed bag of stocks, across several sectors, to help investors prepare for market turbulence in the week ahead.
When a company combines international exposure with inspired management or a predictable business model, an investor should take note, says fund manager Jeff Auxier.