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  • Jobless 'Improvement' May Be Deceiving Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 11:49 AM ET

    New claims for unemployment benefits fell to a 29-month low this week, but the improvement is probably not as good as it seems. "I think the numbers are distorted," said Deutsche Bank economist Joseph LaVorgna.

  • This Telecom Giant Has Further Upside Room: Analyst Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 11:26 AM ET

    Verizon shares are trading around their highest levels in more than two years, but don’t start taking profits yet! So said Christopher King, senior telecom services analyst at Stifel Nicolaus. He believes the rally will continue going into next year.

  • Six in 60

    Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.

  • Crescenzi: Top-10, Top-Down Themes for 2011 Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 10:53 AM ET

    It is what will lead the U.S. economy to a self-reinforcing virtuous cycle of increases in production, income, and spending, and it is what will enable risk assets to continue to outperform less risky assets. This condition will prevail for a while. The path to successful investing is to ride these trends and get off before they are discredited, says bond expert Tony Crescenzi.

  • Bulls Target NatGas Stock on China Deal, 'Ice Age' Talk Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 10:43 AM ET

    Cheniere Energy is usually a thinly traded energy stock, but earlier this week it was near the top of OptionMonster's tracking systems. The call buying began early and continued throughout the session, focusing mostly at the March 8 strike. They fetched $0.20 in the morning but rose to $0.30 by the close. Volume surged past 11,400 contracts, more than 75 times open interest when trading began.

  • China Among Worst (!) 2010 Performers Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 9:55 AM ET

    Stocks opened modestly lower Thursday, as Initial Jobless Claims totaled 388,000 for the week, well below the estimates of 416,000 and the lowest since July 2008. Chinese PMI came in weaker than expected.

  • Futures Trim Losses After Jobless Claims News Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 9:19 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures strengthened  but remained lower after the government reported a sharper than expected drop in jobless claims.

  • Groupon Could Go Public by End of 2011 Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 8:34 AM ET
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    Groupon, the social buying site that spurned a $6 billion takeover bid from Google earlier this month, has attracted several big institutional investors as it works to potentially go public in 2011, people briefed on the matter told the New York Times.

  • Chilly Tests Loom for Euro Zone Bonds Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 4:06 AM ET
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    January in the northern hemisphere is usually the coldest month of the year and it might prove to be a bitter one for euro zone governments trying to raise money in the capital markets, reports the Financial Times.

  • NYSE Traders

    While traders fear rising bond yields could crimp stocks' gains in 2011, some bond strategists don't expect interest rates to rise beyond the range of the past year.

  • Cramer on SEC: The Lifeguard Is Off Duty Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 5:55 PM ET

    If you’re expecting this regulatory body to protect you, think again.

  • When the Fundamentals Just Don’t Matter Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 5:55 PM ET

    Cramer lists the forces that can drive stocks in this ever more complicated market.

  • 4 MadMo Maxims for Portfolio Protection Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 5:55 PM ET

    Cramer teaches you how to protect yourself from yourself.

  • 2 Definite No-Nos for Every Investor Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 5:54 PM ET

    Whatever you do, Cramer says, avoid these common but costly mistakes.

  • Cramer’s Stock Market Survival School Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 5:54 PM ET

    A step-by-step guide for keeping your money as safe as possible during these trying times.

  • Stocks Pare Gains but Close at New Highs Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 4:42 PM ET

    Stocks pared gains in the final minutes of trading but still ended at new highs in light trading Wednesday as investors remained optimistic about the prospects for equities next year. McDonald's and Disney rose, while Alcoa fell.

  • Natural Gas Boom Coming—But So Are Major Obstacles Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 4:36 PM ET

    The US may be entering a golden age of natural-gas use.  Yet despite its huge potential, there are two major obstacles facing the industry—low prices and a push by Washington toward renewable energy.

  • Lowry's Says Correction Coming; Long-Term Uptrend Intact Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 4:06 PM ET

    Paul Desmond is the senior man at Lowry's, the oldest technical analysis service in the U.S., founded in the 1930s.  Paul said it is difficult to pull out volume trends during holidays and storms. He reiterated that the market is not showing any signs of a long-term top as of yet.

  • Stocks Gain, Hitting New Highs Ahead of Close Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 3:56 PM ET

    Stocks continued to trade at new highs in light trading Wednesday as the closing bell approach despite an absence of fresh economic reports, as investors remained optimistic about the prospects for equities next year. McDonald's and Disney rose, while Alcoa fell.

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.

    Investors are turning to private exchanges, like Second Market and SharesPost, to buy shares of non-public companies such as Facebook or Twitter.  This is causing the SEC to take notice.