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

  • Traders at the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks should take Friday's futures and options expiration in stride, as traders set up for the final two weeks of the year and the chance that Santa's rally is yet to come.

  • Stocks End Higher; Visa, MasterCard Fall Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 5:30 PM ET

    Stocks closed at record highs yet again, although on modest gains, as a series of upbeat economic reports and a positive outlook from shipping giant Federal Express, continued to give investors reasons for optimism. Alcoa rose, while AmEx fell.

  • Value Tax Likely for Off-Shore Hedge Funds Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 4:09 PM ET

    If you run a hedge fund domiciled in the Cayman Islands or Bermuda (as many are) you are not happy with the bankers who advised Novartis on its deal to acquire the 23 percent of Alcon it doesn‘t already own.

  • Stocks on Pace for New Highs; Visa Sinks Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 3:59 PM ET

    Stocks were on pace to close at record highs yet again, although on modest gains, as a series of upbeat economic reports, and a positive outlook from shipping giant Federal Express, continued to give investors reasons for optimism. Alcoa rose, while AmEx fell.

  • Financials Are 'Very Cheap'—Buy Now: Pro Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 3:59 PM ET

    Financials have trailed the market this year, but is 2011 the chance for a new rally in banks? Anton Schutz, president of Mendon Capital, and Ron Carson, CEO and founder at Carson Wealth Management, shared their outlooks.

  • Bank, Credit Card Stocks Drop on 'Swipe' Rules Talk Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 3:45 PM ET

    Visa and Mastercard dropping along with large banks such as Bank of America and JPMorgan, as the Fed will be voting on proposals to limit debit card "swipe" fees that banks charge merchants when they make a purchase.

  • Citi Investors May Need to Wait Another Year: Pandit Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 1:00 PM ET
    Vikram Pandit

    While Citigroup has managed to rebuild itself from the ruins of the financial crisis, investors likely will have to wait until 2012 to reap the rewards, CEO Vikram Pandit told CNBC.

  • Dollar Rally and More Market Mysteries Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 12:50 PM ET

    Look what we have today: 1) continuing light volume, 2) quadruple witching expiration (quarterly expiration of stock and index futures, and stock and index options) on Friday, and 3) going into end of the year. What does the end of the year have to do with anything?

  • 6 Names That'll Climb in Next 5 Years: Strategists Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 12:23 PM ET

    Stocks struggled to gain Thursday, as a handful of positive economic news barely budged the market after FedEx posted disappointing results—but raised its outlook. John Morris, managing partner at Crestwood Advisors and Sarat Sethi, partner and portfolio manager at Douglas C. Lane & Associates shared their insights.

  • Stocks Turn Positive; FedEx Up, Microsoft Falls Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 11:44 AM ET

    ocks gained modestly after several largely upbeat economic reports, and a positive outlook from shipping giant Federal Express. Alcoa and BofA rose, while Microsoft fell.

  • When Will Rising Rates Sting Stocks? Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 11:33 AM ET

    Some traders have pointed to a yield level right about where the 10-year has been this week: just above 3.5 percent. But a number of strategists are looking for a higher level before stocks start to get burned.

  • Art Cashin: Euro Zone Fears May Cap Santa Claus Rally Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 10:24 AM ET

    Stocks were mixed Thursday despite a batch of relatively positive economic news. Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services shared his market outlook.

  • Blast of Cold Air for FedEx and IPOs Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 9:58 AM ET

    FedEx's disappointing earnings report dropped futures about 4 points pre-open; initial jobless claims and Housing Starts for November (slightly stronger than expected) had little impact pre-open.

  • Farr: Smooth Sailing Into the New Year? Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 9:36 AM ET

    I gave a presentation in Bethesda this week to a group of clients and subscribers to my market commentary. While it was my hope to engender some optimism with regard to the future investing climate, I was also very frank about the numerous challenges we face as a country over the next several years.

  • Futures Weak After Economic News, FedEx Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 9:18 AM ET

    Stock futures surrendered earlier gains after  news on jobless claims and housing starts and after economic bellwether FedEx posted quarterly results that left investors disappointed.

  • Buyers See Petrohawk Taking Wing Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 8:58 AM ET

    Petrohawk Energy is a name that has lit up OptionMonster's tracking systems on and off for quite some time, and traders showed yesterday that they still like the oil and natural-gas company.

  • What's On: Citigroup, Yahoo, FedEx and Vikram Pandit Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 7:32 AM ET

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

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    Investors can't help but wonder at what level rising interest rates will give the stock market a reason to pause.

  • Now Is the Time to Buy GE: Strategists Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010 | 6:15 PM ET

    General Electric, the parent company of CNBC, recently increased its dividend payment for the second time this year. With $20 million in cash on the balance sheet and the sell-off of its NBC Universal unit expected to meet government approvals, is now the time to buy? Nicholas Heymann of Sterne, Agee & Leach, and Ted Parrish of Henssler Equity Fund say yes.