Investment Strategy


  • Stocks Rally After Latest Batch of Earnings Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 11:56 AM ET

    Stocks shot out of the gate Thursday after the latest batch of earnings gave investors some cause for optimism. A better-than-expected housing report also gave the market a boost.

  • Farrell: "Unusually Uncertain" as Usual Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 11:15 AM ET

    The Chairman formally known as everybody's favorite Uncle Ben stepped before Congress and said the economic outlook was "unusually uncertain." Sorry, but it's always unusually uncertain.

  • How High Can Barrick Gold Go? Traders Say 'Higher' Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 10:36 AM ET

    Barrick Gold has found support at its 200-day moving average for most of the year, and call buyers are stepping in as the mining stock tests those levels.

  • Busch: Bernanke Admission by Omission Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 10:31 AM ET

    I think the most “captivating” part of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was not what he said, but what he omitted. Yes, the unusually uncertain comment captured the essence of why businesses aren’t hiring with European debt crisis, health care, Fin Reg and taxes all creating the miasma.

  • Kaminsky's Call: The Best Way To Play Apple's Dominance Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 9:49 AM ET

    Apple merits a home in any portfolio, even if buying it is anathema to all your instincts as an investor. But for those who are transfixed by nominal stock prices and don't want to shell out the cash (classic retail mistake), there are derivative plays off Apple that are less capital-intensive.

  • How The Tests Work And What They Measure Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 9:40 AM ET

    Forget about stress tests as a way of gauging the health of Europe's banking sector. Instead you should look to the biggest-spending soccer team, according to Jim O'Neill, chief global economist for Goldman Sachs.

  • Stocks Set to Rebound on Earnings Strength Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 8:37 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open Thursday after a testimony by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spooked investors and pushed the major indexes lower in the previous session.

  • Economy Still Weak, Risk Not Rewarded: Travelers CEO Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 8:19 AM ET
    Wall Street

    An economy that has yet to show signs of a sustained recovery is providing little reward for investors looking to take risks, Travelers President and CEO Jay Fishman said.

  • Analyst Watch: Stocks For a Strong Second Half Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 8:03 AM ET

    Here's what analysts and others say they're watching before the bell Thursday.

  • Are Large-Cap Stocks A Bargain? Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 7:52 AM ET

    Is it time to buy or is there still too much volatility? Share your opinion.

  • NYSE traders

    Fresh economic data Thursday could feed the market's phobia about a weaker economy, ahead of another round of testimony from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

  • Beware of Market Correction in the Fall: Strategist Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 5:17 PM ET

    Stocks were lower on Wednesday amid weakness in techs and retailers. Barry Knapp, head of US portfolio strategy at Barclays, shared his market outlook.

  • Bernanke Comments: What Spooked Traders Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 5:14 PM ET

    Market drops on Bernanke comments; a failure of expectations. The S&P 500 dropped about 12 points as Mr. Bernanke's written testimony came out. There were several statements in the written testimony that caught traders' attention...

  • Stocks Lose Over 1% After Bernanke Remarks Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 4:43 PM ET

    Stocks lost more than 1 percent Wednesday as testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke rattled the market.  Morgan Stanley and Apple rallied after smashing earnings expectations.

  • Stocks Skid as Bernanke Testifies; Apple Rises Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 3:43 PM ET

    Stocks skidded Wednesday as testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke rattled the market.  Morgan Stanley and Apple rallied after smashing earnings expectations.

  • Key Earnings Takeaway: Companies Not Lowering Outlooks Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 2:38 PM ET

    A fairly disappointing open for the markets given the solid 2 percent gains in Europe earlier and a round of excellent earnings reports across a broad array of sectors. Although many companies reported strong earnings this morning, their commentary on the economy was more subdued.

  • New Cola War: Pepsi and Coke's Latest Weapons Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 2:29 PM ET
    Pepsi Max and Coke Zero

    Pepsi is throwing its marketing weight behind Pepsi Max. It's a high caffeine, zero calorie beverage that's aimed directly at the consumer that gravitates to Coke Zero.

  • M&A Activity Could See Uptick in 2011 Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 1:34 PM ET

    Mergers and acquisitions activity is pretty flat these days and for good reason. But one expert says that will likely change next year.

  • In the face of some otherwise-daunting obstacles, commercial real estate is proving to be an attractive area for investors looking for bargains as loans come due and foreclosures mount.

  • Market Bias Is to Upside—So Invest Here: CIO Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 1:14 PM ET

    Stocks struggled on Wednesday after a handful of companies reported earnings that beat expectations but weakness in techs and retailers dragged on the market. David Spika, VP and investment strategist at WHG Funds, and Joseph Keating, executive vice chairman and CIO at CenterState Bank, shared their best investment plays.