Investment Strategy


  • Market Analyst: We're Going Back to S&P 1250 Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 10:04 AM ET

    Stock markets are on the longest winning streak since August 2009—will they keep climbing today or will we see some profit taking by market close? Alan Knuckman, senior market analyst at Agora Financial and Phil Dow, managing director at RBC Wealth Management shared their views.

  • Futures Take Pause, Palm Takes Hit Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 7:51 AM ET

    U.S. futures drifted ahead of the open Friday, taking a breather from their recent strong gains, as investors braced for potential volatility because of quadruple witching - market index futures, market index options, stock options and stock futures expiring at the same time.

  • Market Tips: Get into Stocks Now Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 7:22 AM ET

    Global stocks were higher on Friday, with Japan's Nikkei hitting a two-month peak and European shares rising to 17-month highs. Experts told CNBC that although markets aren't cheap, it is time to get into stocks, specifically Asian ones.

  • Shipbuilding Stocks to Set Sail, Buy Indian Banks Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 5:10 AM ET

    As governments around the world start to wind down their stimulus packages, investors should position their portfolios for an expected 10 percent market correction that is set to follow, said Philip Niem, head of Asian discretionary portfolio management at Barclays.

  • Pisani: S&P's Quarterly Rebalancing Friday Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 7:05 PM ET

    Tomorrow (Friday), the S&P 500 will be conducting its quarterly rebalancing. The S&P is weighted by market capitalization, so changes in the share count of companies trigger changes in the relative weightings of the individual stocks in the S&P. Here's a breakdown...

  • Dow Rallies for 8th Day, Led by Boeing Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 6:29 PM ET

    The Dow rose for an eighth straight day, ending near session highs after a late rally. Industrials led the way, with Boeing and 3M at the top of the Dow.

  • Big Banks vs. Regionals—Where to Invest: Pros Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 3:24 PM ET

    Big banks versus regionals—which is the better place for investors put their money? Matt McCormick, banking analyst and portfolio manager at Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel, and Dan Fitzpatrick, president of Stock Market Mentor, discussed their sector outlooks.

  • GE Stock Has 20% Upside: Value Strategist Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 2:54 PM ET

    Large-cap stocks have been mostly undervalued relative to small caps and so there are still chances for investors to get in, said Mary Jane Matts, director of large cap value strategies at Fifth Third Asset Management. She discussed her best plays.

  • Dow Pares Gains; FedEx Rebounds Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 1:02 PM ET

    The Dow pared its gains Thursday as the dollar advanced amid renewed concerns about Greece.

  • Foreign Stocks Should Be Over Half of Portfolio: Advisor Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 12:21 PM ET
    China Traders

    While emerging market investing is a universally popular theme this year, one advisor is going full-bore and advising clients to put more than half their stock portfolios abroad.

  • 4 Plays on Falling Natural Gas Prices Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 12:15 PM ET

    Natural gas prices have fallen almost 20 percent so far this year. But despite lower prices, some of the natural gas utility stocks are up. So what’s the reason for the disconnect—and what’s the best play for investors? Philip Gotthelf, president and commodities analyst at Equidex, and James Lykins, natural gas utilities analyst at Hillard Lyons, shared their insights.

  • Why Investors Should Buy on the Dips: Strategists Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 11:12 AM ET

    The Dow rose Thursday as jobless claims beat and the CPI report showed little sign of inflation. How should investors be positioned in this environment? Christian Thwaites, president and CEO of Sentinel Asset Management, and Jason Trennert, chief investment strategist and managing partner at Strategas Research Partners, shared their insights.

  • Pisani: The Overbought Relative Strength Index Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 10:39 AM ET

    S&P Futures little changed as the February Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed virtually no inflation pressure. And: As the S&P 500 hit another new high yesterday, traders were passing around lots of technical charts, in particular noting that the Relative Strength Index (RSI) is in unusally overbought territory.

  • Dow Hold Gains After Philly Fed; FedEx Skids Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 10:32 AM ET

    The Dow advanced Thursday after beats on both Philly Fed and jobless claims and as the CPI report showed inflation was essentially non-existent. FedEx shares tumbled.

  • Rising Oil Is 'Beginning of Major Disaster' For Stocks Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 9:51 AM ET

    Oil rose above $82 a barrel on Wednesday on a recovery in demand in the U.S. before dipping slightly on Thursday. Meanwhile, the S&P reached its highest since October 2008 this week. Can the positive relationship between oil prices and the stock market continue? Rick Szpila of JPMorgan Futures and J.J. Burns of J.J. Burns & Company discussed their outlooks.

  • Futures Get Lift From Economy; FedEx Down Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 8:42 AM ET

    Stock index futures pointed to a lower opening, as renewed worries about European Union support for Greece took bank stocks and major indexes across the pond lower.

  • Gap Sees 'Unusually Bullish' Options Volume Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 7:56 AM ET

    Option volume in the Gap is unusually bullish as its shares trade just below five-year highs.

  • Charts: Don't Believe the S&P Doom Sayers Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 7:36 AM ET

    The S&P's recent gains are not set to be swept away in a "wave of risk aversion" as many market watchers think, and the index could push higher toward 1,250 points, Mark Sturdy, director at SevenDaysAhead.com, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Marc Faber: We Have a New Gold Standard Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 5:53 AM ET
    Gold Bars

    The markets have created their own gold standard because of uncertainties regarding other asset classes, Marc Faber, author of "The Gloom, Boom and Doom Report," told CNBC Thursday.

  • The quadruple witching expiration of futures and options should give stocks a lift into Friday, while markets tune in to a handful of economic data, including jobless claims and CPI.