Investment Strategy


  • Stocks on Track For Best Week in 2 Months Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 3:59 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks gained slightly Friday as retailers and tech sectors gained strength and traders shrugged off a tepid jobs report to keep the major indices above key benchmarks reached earlier this week. Kraft rose, while JPMorgan fell.

  • Important Media Deals You May Have Missed Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 3:45 PM ET

    There were a few acquisitions in the larger media world this week that were far from blockbusters, but worth a quick review.

  • Do Options Traders See Pain For Caterpillar Stock? Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 3:36 PM ET

    Caterpillar has had an extraordinary run. But according to some options traders, the good times may be coming to an end.

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    In addition to signaling slow growth in jobs, the unemployment  report reinforces the deep synergy between the Federal Reserve and the stock market.

  • Greenberg: What’s the Biggest ETF Holding? Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 2:19 PM ET

    From the mindless trivia department: The biggest ETF of all is the SPDR S&P 500 Index, with $93 billion in assets.

  • More Investors Seek Guidance: TD Ameritrade CEO Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 1:58 PM ET

    As retail investors return to the market, they are seeking more professional advice than they did before the recession, Frederic Tomczyk, TD Ameritrade, president and CEO, told CNBC Friday.

  • Strategists Pick 8 Stocks—5 for Egypt Crisis Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 1:04 PM ET

    There are still places for investors to look amid the crisis in Egypt, said Michael Gault, senior portfolio strategist at Weiser Capital Management. He and Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist at Banyan Partners, offered CNBC their top investment names.

  • Stocks Trade Mixed; Energy Falls; Tech Rises Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 11:50 AM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks fluctuated within a narrow range Friday morning as investors considered a surprisingly small jobs gain in January amid a slew of stronger economic reports out earlier this week.  JPMorgan and Bank of America fell, while Home Depot rose.

  • Australian Storms Push Commodity Prices Higher Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 11:27 AM ET
    Clouds form over the central business district on Cairns waterfront as Queenslanders brace themsleves for Cyclone Yasi on February 1, 2011 in Cairns, Australia.

    Beyond the devastating loss of life and livelihoods, why should we care about the impact of these Australian natural disasters? The answer is simple, and very clear on the rioting streets of Egypt: commodity price inflation.

  • Stocks to Watch: Caterpillar, JetBlue and More ... Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 11:02 AM ET
    Six in 60

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

  • Bulls See Pay Dirt in This Small Miner Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 10:48 AM ET

    Minefinders has been choppy to say the least recently, but Thursday our screens lit up with bullish option activity.

  • Futures Rise Despite Small Payrolls Gain Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 9:22 AM ET

    US stock index futures rose after the government reported a much smaller-than-expected gain in jobs in January after the Dow recorded its highest closing level since June 19, 2008.

  • Hello, QE3? Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 9:03 AM ET

    The January nonfarm payroll number was a disappointment—36,000 vs. consensus of 150,000, though the headline of 9 percent unemployment was well below consensus of 9.5 percent.

  • What's On: Cairo, Jobs and Pro Athletes Gone Bust Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 7:59 AM ET

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

  • White House, Egypt Discuss Plan for Mubarak’s Exit Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 11:43 PM ET
    An anti-government protestor holds a blooded Egyptian flag in Tahrir Square on February 3, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.

    The Obama administration is discussing with Egyptian officials a proposal for President Hosni Mubarak to resign immediately, turning over power to a transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman. The NYT reports.

  • Stocks End Slightly Up; Dow Hits New High Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 5:11 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks ended slightly higher after trading lower most of the session as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated the central bank would continue to stimulate the economy, even amid signs of growing strength in the U.S. economy, evident in news out early in the session. Cisco and BofA rose, while Merck fell.

  • Stocks Turn Up Ahead of Close; Retail Gains Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 3:59 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks turned higher after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated the central bank would continue to stimulate the economy, even amid signs of growing strength in the U.S. economy. Cicsco and Bank of America rose, while Merck fell.

  • Retiring Outside the U.S. No Longer a Foreign Concept Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 3:36 PM ET

    Retiring in another country used to be a foreign concept to most Americans but it’s becoming more common thanks to two main factors: the Internet and the economy.  "All you have to do is think outside the border," one expat said.

  • Jeff Kronthal of KLS Diversified reveals a strategy that takes advantage of traders’ rate spike fears.

  • HMO Stocks Rally Midday Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 3:00 PM ET

    Big HMO names like Humana and United Healthcare up 3 to 4 percent midday.