Investment Strategy


  • Bet on Foreclosure Boom Turns Sour for Investors Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 5:13 AM ET
    Home with foreclosure sign

    In recent years, numerous private equity firms have taken large stakes in the back-office operations of law firms specializing in foreclosure, often called foreclosure mills. The private equity firms then make money by providing those services back to the law firm for a fee. The NYT reports.

  • A youth with an Egyptian flag painted on his face stands in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt.

    With the Middle East in the background, financial markets are turning their attention to Friday's jobs report and other U.S. economic data slated for this week.

  • Dow Closes Above 12,000, S&P Above 1,300 Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 4:42 PM ET

    Stocks ended sharply higher as the Dow and the S&P 500 hit new multi-year highs, easily erasing losses from Friday's sharp sell-off on turmoil in Egypt as investors focused on upbeat earnings and economic news.

  • What Egypt Crisis? Investors Show They're Moving On Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 4:28 PM ET

    "What happens is the market moves on, and it has in every event," one pro says. "Unless there is a growing concern of contagion that affects the oil markets, the market will go on now."

  • Stocks Rise Above Thresholds Before Close Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 3:54 PM ET

    Stocks added to solid gains on Tuesday, pushing the Dow and S&P 500 to multi-year highs, as the market easily erased losses from Friday's sharp sell-off in the wake of turmoil in Egypt as investors focused on upbeat earnings and economic news. Pfizer and Alcoa rose, while P&G fell.

  • If Friday's jobs report is especially weak, the government will probably blame the weather.

  • 5 Sectors Impacted by Egypt’s Unrest Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 2:36 PM ET

    "All the trading on Egypt happened last week," says Ben Willis of Sunrise Securities.

  • 3 Hurdles to Verizon iPhone Success Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 2:32 PM ET

    On the eve of this long-awaited arrival, naysayers might wonder if the presumed success of the Verizon iPhone may be just a little bit overblown.  The answer will come quickly. A report from TheStreet.

  • Jobs & Retail Sales Impacted by Weather Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 1:49 PM ET

    It's not just jobs that may be impacted by the bad weather...imagine what this is doing to retail sales. The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) numbers declined 1 percent in the last week of January; this follows a 1.2 percent decline the previous week.

  • Weather & the Jobs Report Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 12:45 PM ET

    Snow: what impact on jobs report? The most important economic news this week is the January nonfarm payroll report on Friday.

  • US Market Is Our Favorite This Year: Pro Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 11:42 AM ET

    The U.S. market is our favorite market to watch in 2011, said Kevin Gardiner, head of investment strategy at Barclays Capital.

  • Stocks Extend Gains, Dow Rises 100 points Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 11:41 AM ET

    Stocks continued to rise Tuesday, nearly erasing losses from Friday's sell-off in the wake of turmoil in Egypt. Pfizer and Bank of America rose, while McDonald's fell.

  • Are We Seeing a Whiff of Inflation? Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 11:26 AM ET

    Economists are pointing out that January's super strong ISM manufacturing report could be signaling early signs of inflationary pressure.

  • Stocks to Watch: CareFusion, ResMed and More ... Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 11:01 AM ET
    Six in 60

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

  • Manufacturing Improves, but Housing Still Weak Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 10:43 AM ET

    Manufacturing improving—January ISM at 60.8 was well above consensus of 58.0, and the best since May 2004. But we are seeing inflation—Prices Paid rises to highest level since July 2008.

  • Futures Point to Higher Open; UPS Rises Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 9:12 AM ET

    Stock index futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street on Tuesday after the Dow recorded its best January since 1997, while in Egypt the army pledged not to clamp down on protests by thousands in the capital Cairo.

  • January Gone, Beginning Month Fund Flows Should Help Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 9:01 AM ET

    Finally, we are out of January...and with January stock indices positive, we will likely see slightly higher volume today on beginning-of-the-month fund flows.

  • What's On: Egypt, Retail and Quarterly Reports Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 8:27 AM ET

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

  • Why Are Bears Flocking to This Emerging-Market ETF? Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 8:10 AM ET

    The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF is always a popular name in the option market, and yesterday traders were taking downside positions.

  • ECB Halts Emergency Purchases of Bonds Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 4:52 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    The European Central Bank suspended its emergency purchases of euro zone government bonds last week as the debt crisis eased, allowing it to focus on combating rising inflation, reports the Financial Times.