Investment Strategy


  • Bad News—So Why Is S&P 500 Up? Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 7:25 PM ET

    The economic news has been terrible this week (housing, jobs), but the S&P 500 is up 2.4 percent. How to account for that? Some point to the reduced headline risk in Europe (Germany has had an amazing week, it's only about 1 percent from a 52-week high!), and perhaps reduced headline risk from BP helped at the margins. But the driving factor is likely this...

  • 5 Stock Picks For Father's Day Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 6:32 PM ET

    What are you planning on buying for your dad this Father’s Day? Ties and electronics? Buy him stocks instead, suggested Tom Anderson, associate editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. He shared his best plays.

  • Alcoa Expects Chinese Demand to Jump 10% This Year Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 6:04 PM ET
    Klaus Kleinfeld

    As worldwide need for aluminum expands, demand for Alcoa products will grow 10 percent this year, with a full 50 percent of that coming from China, Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO and director, told CNBC Friday.

  • Stocks Gain 2.3% for Week as Gold Soars Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 6:02 PM ET

    Stocks eked out a gain Friday amid "quadruple witching" volatility but managed to end the week up 2.3 percent amid bargain hunting. Gold soared to a record close.

  • Commercial Apocalypse for Banks? Maybe Not Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 4:59 PM ET

    Commercial loans had been cast as a horrific mess headed straight for the banking sector as recently as six months ago, but the impact is proving to be less painful and more targeted than some had feared.

  • Derivatives Could Grow Under New Rules: Citi CEO Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 4:47 PM ET
    Vikram Pandit

    Running derivatives through clearinghouses, part of the proposed financial regulations reforms now in Congress, will make them more secure and eventually may pump up their volume, Vikram Pandit, CEO of Citigroup told CNBC Friday.

  • BP $5 Billion Debt Offering May Yield Up to 10% Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 4:26 PM ET
    A truck enters a BP chemical plant near Hitchcock, Texas

    BP executives met in London Friday with investment bankers to discuss a likely bond offering as early as Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the matter.

  • Exchanging Money

    Slow consumer spending, along with other forces, will drag the economy down next year. Here's why:

  • Markets Will Rise 8-9% by Year-End: Strategist Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 4:02 PM ET

    Stocks rose after a rocky open on Friday as investors prepared for the "quadruple witching" expiration of futures and options. Alec Young, equity strategist at Standard & Poor’s, and Fritz Meyer, senior market strategist at Invesco, shared their market outlooks.

  • Three Reasons for Record Gold Prices Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 3:55 PM ET

    The yellow metal has repeatedly been rallying to higher highs on strong volume, attracting the attention of traders, investors and yes, even economists.

  • Citi, Transocean in Big Index Action Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 2:48 PM ET

    Several stocks moving on index adds today. Transocean up 8 percent today. Offshore drillers are stronger, but the outperformance is because RIG was added to the Swiss stock index at the close of trading in Europe today. Then there's Citigroup...

  • Stocks Zig-Zag; Financials, Energy Gain Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 1:47 PM ET

    Stocks wavered in a tight range Friday as energy shares gained modestly while "quadruple witching" expiration of futures and options stirred up volatility. Gold soared to a new record.

  • Public Will Demand More Oil Regulation: Conoco CEO Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 1:43 PM ET
    James Mulva

    The public, both the American and those throughout the world, will demand greater regulation of the oil industry in light of the BP  Gulf of Mexico spill, James Mulva, chairman and CEO of industry giant ConocoPhillips,  told CNBC Friday.

  • Prep Your Portfolio for Next Week: Strategists Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 12:32 PM ET

    Which stocks should investors be buying into next week? Alan Valdes, vice president of DME Securities, and David Stepherson, senior portfolio manager of Hardesty Capital Management, shared their best plays.

  • Stocks See-Saw; Materials, Financials Rise Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 12:17 PM ET

    Stocks bobbed along Friday as the "quadruple witching" expiration of futures and options stirred up volatility. Energy stocks were among the day's leaders as investors did some bargain hunting in the beaten-down sector.

  • Tax Law Change Looks Bullish for Investment Banks Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 12:10 PM ET

    Investment bankers have had a somewhat disappointing year, but there are signs deal activity is picking up. The traders, by and large, have been doing very well, and when they are making money, their earnings typically dwarf those of the investment bankers. However, it is the traders who are likely to take the biggest hit from new banking laws working their way through Congress.

  • Broken Heart

    A day of euphoria can be followed by a day of despair. Fear of missing out, anxiety about losing a position in which we believed, denial that we could possibly have been wrong about our choice of entry, elation when a trade goes well—these and many more examples bring to mind the ups, downs and all-arounds that happen in the markets and in life.

  • ETFs Killed the Stock-Picking Star Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 11:20 AM ET

    The correlation of S&P 500 members to daily move in the benchmark overall has been steadily rising toward parity over the last 10 years, a sign that exchange-traded funds, electronic trading and a short-term mentality is slowly killing individual stock picking based on fundamentals.

  • Six in 60 Seconds: M&T Bank, Hershey and More... Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 10:58 AM ET

    Today's six stocks worth watching.

  • Advisors are feeling less optimistic about the economy in general, according to results from the latest TD Ameritrade Advisors Survey. Tom Bradley, president of TD Ameritrade Institutional, broke down the survey for CNBC.