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  • On Vacation Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 7:04 PM ET

    Bob Pisani is on vacation. Trader Talk will return on November 22.

  • Massey Takeover Talk No Surprise Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 4:36 PM ET

    Coal giant Massey jumped 10 percent on a WSJ report that the company is weighing a takeover offer from Alpha Natural Resources, down 4 percent.

  • Why Markets Aren't Rallying Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 3:49 PM ET

    First reason: QE2 (quantitative easing) and improving economy together make trading trickier. Click for reasons 2 and 3.

  • Why BofA Shares Dropped Friday Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 3:24 PM ET

    Traders telling me that the cause is the financial company's just-released 10-Q.

  • Why US Stocks Don't Like Good Economic News Now Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 1:55 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading.

    Friday's better-than-expected jobs report provided a fairly stark example of what happens when good economic news can be bad for the stock market, and investors probably have the Fed to blame.

  • Long-Dated Treasurys are Real Opportunity: KLS Exec Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 1:29 PM ET

    "We look at long-dated Treasury strips as a real market opportunity. The long-dated ones yield around 450, they have positive convexity—meaning they get longer as the market rallies, and shorter as the market trades off," he said.

  • Good and Bad News for Traders Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 12:52 PM ET

    We have the Fed committed to QE2 (quantitative easing) through the second quarter of 2011, and now we have a few early indications of an improving economy. This is good news — but it makes the QE2 trade a little more tricky.

  • Hobbs: Investors Beware of Europe's Debt Crisis Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 12:24 PM ET

    I'm ashamed to say world markets may again need to go on Europe Watch. The risk has risen to a level that local nerves over sovereign debt will fray to the point that they have a material impact elsewhere.

  • Stocks turned mostly positive Friday, as investors absorbed the meaning of a surprising surge in payrolls in the wake of the Fed's plans to pump more money into the economy. David Katz, CIO at Matrix Asset Advisors, and Don Schreiber, founder, president and CEO of WBI, discussed their market outlooks.

  • Positive Signs of an Economic Recovery Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 11:53 AM ET

    Is the economy finally kicking into gear? CNBC viewers are seeing some positive signs of recovery in their local economies.

  • John Lennon

    A Beatles historian has come across one of the last autographs John Lennon signed before his fatal encounter with Mark David Chapman thirty years ago. CNBC has learned that rock historian Denny Somach will put the autograph up for sale next week.

  • Low VIX a Warning for Market: Strategist Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 11:21 AM ET

    The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, slipped to a 6-month low this week and is down more than 20 percent since May. What does this mean for stocks and how should investors position their portfolios? Tim Freeman, head of U.S. equity derivative sales at Capstone Global Markets, shared his insights.

  • Stocks to Watch: Nike, Time Warner and More ... Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 11:07 AM ET
    Six in 60

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

  • Farr: Jobs Number Raises Questions Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 10:46 AM ET
    United States Federal Reserve

    In my opinion, it will take several months of positive job additions in the 150K+ range before the Fed feels comfortable that the employment situation is getting better. There is still a very high level of unemployed people as well as people who remain out of the labor force because they are frustrated. Therefore, we would expect QE2 to go ahead as planned.

  • Busch: Fed Spikes Punch Bowl? Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 10:38 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman

    When will the Fed turn to Congress and the White House and say, "We’ve done all that we can. It’s time for you to engage in policies that encourage growth." I think you’ll hear this soon via speeches and testimonies.

  • Starbucks Serves Up A Profit Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 10:30 AM ET
    Starbucks

    In an exclusive interview with Maria Bartiromo, Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz outlined how the coffee-shop chain doubled its fourth-quarter net income to $399.3 million.

  • Why Options Are Boiling on H&R Block Stock Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 10:06 AM ET

    The most interesting option trade was in the November 13 calls, which saw a single block of 10,000 bought as the stock dropped but failed to reach a new intraday low. The company's stock snapped back hard and pushed higher, finishing the day up 0.94 percent at $11.76.

  • Market in Fed's 'Hall of Mirrors' Again Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 9:50 AM ET

    President Obama, who looked like a chastised puppy in his press conference, was just given an early Christmas present: nonfarm payrolls not only rose 151,000, some 90,000 more than consensus, but the prior month showed a healthy upward revision, from a loss of 95,000 to a loss of 41,000. It was the first gain since May.

  • What's On: Jobs Report, Housing Data and Ener1 Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 8:31 AM ET

    See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Friday's Squawk on the Street.

  • Will Unemployment Be Up or Down in 6 Months? Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 8:17 AM ET
    unemployment line

    Share your opinion in today's poll.