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  • Stocks Weaken Ahead of Close; Energy Falls Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 3:58 PM ET

    Stocks turned lower in the final minutes of trading after struggling in a narrow range Wednesday as oil prices ended mixed on the second anniversary since the S&P 500 hit its low point of the financial crisis. Caterpillar fell, while IBM rose.

  • Another Stock Rally on the Horizon? Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 2:15 PM ET

    Despite various market headwinds, stocks will continue to rally, said James Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, and Jim Lacamp, senior VP at Macro Portfolio advisors.

  • Yoshikami: Commodities Rally Still Intact for 5 Years Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 1:53 PM ET

    Gold hits an all time high, food prices are soaring, and other tangible assets continue to rally. Many are left wondering if it is time to abandon commodities. The short answer is no.

  • Next Big IPO Market Test: HCA Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 1:49 PM ET

    Next big test of the IPO market comes tonight with HCA: price talk strong. It's the largest non-governmental hospital operator, set to price tonight for trading Thursday morning.

  • Farr: Is the Mardi Gras on Wall Street Over? Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 12:05 PM ET

    My concern is that while the current data mirror the data we’ve seen during most historical recoveries, NONE of those recoveries was fueled so exclusively nor so extensively by Keynesian government dollars.

  • Stocks Turn Lower, Led by Materials; IBM Up Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 12:03 PM ET

    Stocks turned mixed as oil prices steadied, and as the S&P 500 marked the beginning of a two-year bull market. IBM and Merck rose, while DuPont fell.

  • S&P Best & Worst Stocks—What to Buy/Avoid: Analysts Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 11:51 AM ET

    On the two-year anniversary of the March 2009 bottom, Andrew Kligerman, life insurance analyst at UBS, and Terry Bivens, food analyst at JPMorgan, told investors which names they should be buying and avoiding.

  • Stocks to Watch: Tractor Supply, Potash and More ... Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 10:59 AM ET
    Six in 60

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

  • Large Caps Will Beat Small Caps as Rally Goes On: Pro Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 10:43 AM ET

    Large-cap stocks should perform better than the mid-caps or small-caps in the third year of a bull market, according to Ronald Weiner, president and CEO of RDM Financial Group.

  • Portugal Sells Debt, but at Steep Price Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 10:21 AM ET

    Portugal successfully sold 2-year debt, but at a high price: 5.99 percent. This is for 2-year paper, mind you. The previous cost for 2-year paper was 4.08 percent last September. Longer-dated paper (2014) was sold at a yield of 5.39 percent in January. You wouldn't know there was concern by looking at the Portugese stock market — it's not far from a 52-week high.

  • Poll: Would You Use Twitter for Investing Advice? Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 9:42 AM ET
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    Millions of people use  Twitter to follow their friends, read the news and share information.  A new hedge fund will soon use tweets to make investing decisions. Would you use Twitter for investment advice? Share your opinion.

  • Futures Trade Lower as Oil Prices Rise Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 9:24 AM ET

    U.S. index futures pointed to a modestly higher open for Wall Street Wednesday, the two-year anniversary of the market trough of the financial crisis.

  • Greenberg: Ignoring the Warnings Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 7:24 AM ET

    Since the financial collapse, investors have chosen to look the other way on such things as bloated inventory, rising receivables or any number of metrics that normally would be red flags.

  • Taipei, Taiwan

    Taiwan’s stock market has been a relative underperformer in the Greater China region this year, compared to China and Hong Kong. But Emil Wolter, Head of Regional Strategy for Asian Equities told CNBC, Taiwan is now at an early stage of a multi-year bull market that’s likely to peak at twice its current level in 2 years.

  • Gaddafi Money Casts Shadow in Hollywood Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 2:39 AM ET
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    Things have gotten chilly here for Natural Selection, the film production company backed by Col. Muammar el-Gaddafi’s son Saadi, the New York Times reports.

  • Concerns Over Latest EU Bank Stress Tests Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 1:37 AM ET
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    Key parts of a stress test for European banks designed to raise investor confidence in the sector have been softened by regulators despite widespread derision of a similar exercise last year, which was seen by financial markets as too lax, reports the Financial Times.

  • Blog: The Market's Message Is 'Beware Inflation' Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 12:25 AM ET
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    There is an ongoing healthy debate about how much we should stick to principle and how much continued state intervention there needs to be as the global economy recovers, writes Moorad Choudhry.

  • Commentary: Revisiting the Bull Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 12:21 AM ET
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    If the world view changes (largely because of this) from deflation to inflation the logical reaction is to take money out of cash and bonds and put it to work in more risky assets like stocks, commodities and emerging markets.

  • Move to 'Synthetic' US Junk Bonds Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 12:18 AM ET
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    Demand is growing for "synthetic" financial instruments that enable investors to take positions in the US junk bond market without owning the underlying securities.

  • A tour bus passes the Wall Street bull in the financial district January 22, 2007 in New York City.

    Wall Street's bull enters its third year with a furrowed brow. Middle East tensions, soaring oil prices, combined with worries surrounding Europe's weakest sovereigns are powerful hurdles facing the young bull.