Investment Strategy


  • Beating The Odds on Akamai Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 4:14 PM ET

    On last Friday's Options Action, our goal was clear: give you an edge on earnings season. Ironically, Dan Nathan proposed accomplishing said goal by employing a low probability trade: the strangle. And lo and behold, it worked.

  • Stocks Shave Losses Ahead of Close; 3M Falls Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 3:58 PM ET

    Stocks trimmed earlier losses in the last half hour of trading Thursday as investors considered a mixed batch of earnings and the Fed's next steps to stimulate the economy. 3M and Caterpillar fell, while AmEx and Pfizer rose.

  • More on Haliburton and Report Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 3:53 PM ET

    The stock is moving off its lows—many energy traders are openly skeptical that the National Commission release of documents will make a big long-term difference.

  • Municipal Bonds Safe, But Coasts Are Rocky Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 3:36 PM ET

    Despite all the headlines about budget deficits and missed bond payments, the states -- and their municipal bonds -- remain safe to invest in, says Robert DiMella, portfolio manager for the MainStay Tax-Free Bond Fund.

  • Ten Companies With Huge Insider Selling, Buying Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 3:28 PM ET

    Insider buying and selling can often be a tell for the future movements of a stock price. When a stock has been beaten down and you start to see insider buying, it could mean that those who know most about their company are finding value in the share price.

  • Could These Ideas Fix the Economy? Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 12:43 PM ET

    Is there an easier solution to fixing the economy? Should we look at cutting military benefits? Taxing religious property? Selling national park land? Share your opinion.

  • Why Your Retirement Age Matters Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 12:18 PM ET

    Protesters in France recently clamored over the retirement age being raised from 60 to 62, but in the States, retiring at older ages is becoming the norm among an expanding pool of senior citizens.

  • Housing Needs Major Reform: Collingwood Chairman Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 12:12 PM ET
    Foreclosure Sign

    Confusion over the ownership of foreclosed properties isn’t “about fraud, but process inadequacy,” Joseph Murin, a former president of Ginnie Mae, told CNBC Thursday.

  • CNBC's Gary Kaminsky Writes ‘Smarter Than The Street’ Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 12:05 PM ET

    In his new book, Smarter Than The Street, he brings more than two decades of experience to his low-risk, high return system, demystifying Wall Street for novice and seasoned investors alike.

  • Why Markets Will Continue Rallying: Strategists Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 12:00 PM ET

    The upcoming mid-term elections and the Federal Reserve’s announcement on quantitative easing are likely to have a major impact on your investment strategy. How should you be prepared? Gordon Charlop, managing director at Rosenblatt Securities and CNBC markets analyst and Terence Dolan, CEO of Benjamin & Jerold Brokerage discussed their insights.

  • Marijuana Web Names Snapped Up, in Case of Legalization Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 11:59 AM ET

    It was just about a year ago that Kevin Faler came up with his get-rich-quick marijuana scheme.  No, he's not selling. The NYT reports.

  • Stocks Extend Losses; 3M Sinks, Amex Rises Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 11:52 AM ET

    Stocks extended losses amid continued worries over the Fed Reserve's plans to stimulate the economy and a somewhat mixed batch of corporate earnings on Thursday. 3M and Caterpillar fell, while AmEx rose.

  • Stores Push Black Friday Into October Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 11:40 AM ET

    The year’s most popular discount shopping event, Black Friday, referring to the Friday after Thanksgiving, is arriving ahead of Halloween this year, with some promotions beginning this week and others throughout November, reports the New York Times.

  • TrimTabs is estimating U.S. equity mutual funds saw INFLOWS of $759 million in the past week. Why is this significant? That would be the first time in essentially 6 months that inflows have gone into U.S. equity mutual funds, which are largely owned by retail/individual investors.

  • 3M Had Great Earnings, So Why Is the Stock Down? Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 11:22 AM ET

    Exxon reported a modest beat—important to look at the earnings stream, because the profits are big. Upstream earnings—that's exploration and production of oil and gas $5.47 billion—$1.46 billion more than same period last year—this is the first full quarter with XTO included.

  • Microsoft has seen big gains over the last few weeks, but can the world’s biggest software firm’s earnings after the bell on Thursday, keep the rally going despite a sluggish consumer market? Gregg Moskowitz, director and senior research analyst at Cowen & Company shared his insights.

  • Stocks to Watch: Wynn Resorts, RIMM and More ... Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 11:00 AM ET
    Six in 60

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

  • Farr: Markets Have Political Risk Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 10:46 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman

    As the new mix of Democrats and Republicans begins to posture and parry with each other, we hope that they will focus quickly on crucial matters at hand. If the Federal Reserve continues to believe that additional monetary accommodation is necessary to sustain economic growth, then it makes NO economic sense to engage in contractionary fiscal policy.

  • These Firms Have 'Good Future Prospects': Stock Picker Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 10:07 AM ET

    Stocks rose Thursday after a handful of positive earnings and a surprise drop in jobless claims. Where should investors look to make money? Ted Parrish, co-portfolio manager at Henssler Equity Fund and John Merrill, founder and COO at Tanglewood Wealth Management shared their insights.

  • Futures Add to Gains After Jobs Data Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 9:12 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures edged higher ahead of the open Thursday after a report that jobless claims fell to a three-month low, and in the wake of a mixed close in the previous session on worries over the Federal Reserve's next move on quantitative easing from its policy meeting next week.