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  • Week Ahead: Santa May Visit Wall Street After All Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 5:48 PM ET
    Christmas on Wall Street

    Stocks have a good chance of sailing higher into the end of the year on an old-fashioned Santa rally."Historically this is the ‘Santa Claus’ period of time which extends into the New Year,” says one pro.

  • Healthcare's 'Supreme' Challenge   Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 4:32 PM ET
    Healthcare's 'Supreme' Challenge

    The Supreme Court and President Obama will meet on March 27th to talk about whether it's constitutional for Congress to mandate health care coverage or levy a penalty for those who don't have it. Discussing the impact this decision will have on the markets, with Tony Fratto, Hamilton Place Strategies and David Cutler, Harvard University.

  • Stocks Close Up, Ending the Week Higher Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 3:59 PM ET

    Wall Street stocks closed higher Friday as the S&P 500 rallied for a fourth straight day and turned positive for the year after a run of better-than-expected economic data.

  • Stocks Hover Near Day's High   Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 3:05 PM ET
    Stocks Hover Near Day's High

    An outlook at the economy, and markets, with CNBC's Steve Liesman, Tyler Mathisen, and Scott Shellady, ICAP U.S. derivatives manager.

  • How to Trade the Risk-On Sentiment in Currencies Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 3:04 PM ET
    Canadian flag

    Decent economic reports from the U.S. are fueling risk appetite - for now. Here's how to trade it.

  • Why Are TV's So Cheap?   Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 2:51 PM ET
    Why Are TV's So Cheap?

    How can television retailers make any money since slower traffic has pressured them to lower prices? Dan Ackerman, CNET.com senior editor and Alan Rifkin, Barclays Capital U.S. retail hardlines analyst, weigh in.

  • Warren Buffett: The Year in Review Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 2:12 PM ET
    Warren Buffett

    This year was a busy one for billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

  • Goodbye 'January Effect' and Other Superstitions Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 1:54 PM ET
    New York Stock Exchange

    The so-called "January effect" hasn't actually had much of an effect in recent years. The name is now a misnomer, as the trend actually begins much earlier, reports TheStreet.com.

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    Watch out for derivatives, Mark Mobius, executive chairman of the Templeton Emerging Markets Group, told CNBC Friday.  "There is a risk that faces the entire financial system. and that has to do with derivatives," he said of financial instrument, such as options, whose value is based on another security.

  • Top Stock #6: Humana   Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 12:54 PM ET
    Top Stock #6: Humana

    The Fast Money Halftime Report traders report Humana stock up 63% YTD and discuss whether the company will enjoy the same success in 2012.

  • Potential Positivity for HPQ   Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 12:49 PM ET
    Potential Positivity for HPQ

    The Fast Money Halftime Report traders discuss potential for HP.

  • The Risk Trade and Pops & Drops   Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 12:33 PM ET
    The Risk Trade and Pops & Drops

    Sharing insight into recent weakness in the Swiss franc and strength in commodity plays like the Australian dollar, with George David, RBC Capital Markets. Also, the FMHR traders report pops and drops in today's market.

  • How Will Weather Impact Retail & Energy?   Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 12:22 PM ET
    How Will Weather Impact Retail & Energy?

    Sharing insight into how investors can use the weather as an indicator to positioning thier portfolios, with Paul Walsh, Weather Channel vice president of analytics. 'Warm weather generally correlates to stronger sales,' he says. Also, Addison Armstrong, Tradition Energy director of market research weighs in on how weather is affecting oil and gas.

  • Apple Up 5%   Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 12:14 PM ET
    Apple Up 5%

    Discussing whether Apple could break new highs in 2012, even as it hit $403/share today, with Jeff Fidarco, Susquehanna Financial.

  • Game Stock: The Ideal Gift?   Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 12:00 PM ET
    Game Stock: The Ideal Gift?

    FMHR traders discuss today's news including positive ratings on all the major indices and whether the domestic economic boom is 'real.' Also, a war between Electronic Arts and Activision heats up into the holiday shopping season and Edward Williams, BMO Capital Markets analyst, shares advice for not just investing in the games, but the stocks, too.

  • Global Markets Update: European Stocks Rise to Two-Week High

    The global markets. European stocks rise to a two-week high, although volume is extremely light heading into the holiday. Moody's keeps Austria's AAA rating with a stable outlook. Ten-year Italian bonds remain near 7 percent -- Italy will hold a series of bond auctions next week. Greece must decide whether it will take a 70- or 50-percent haircut. And a decision on European downgrades will come in January, according to S&P. With Dan Greenhaus, BTIG chief global strategist, and Stephen Weiss, Short Hill Cap

  • Investors think Kraft is a very tasty stock. Whether consumers continue to buy the packaged-food company's goods once price hikes go through are another matter, Morningstar analyst Erin Nash told CNBC on Friday.

  • Declining VIX and the Markets   Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 10:41 AM ET
    Declining VIX and the Markets

    Ben Willis, Sunrise Securities, and Paul Hickey, Bespoke Investment Group, discuss the decline of the Vix and its impact on the markets, as well as the so-called "January effect."

  • Avoid Specialty Retailers: Analyst   Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 9:16 AM ET
    Avoid Specialty Retailers: Analyst

    Except for specialty apparel, discounts at retail stores are normal, says Laura Champine, Collins Stewart. "We're not seeing a big pick up in big ticket spending," she adds.

  • U.S. stock index futures pared gains Friday after mixed data on U.S. durable goods orders and consumer spending.