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  • 10 Potential Small Bank Takeout Targets Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 3:36 PM ET

    A small deal last week could be a great sign for bank investors if strategic M&A really is revving up for a return to the sector. We narrowed down the list of potential low-cost targets among bank and thrifts stocks selling below book value last week to 10 well capitalized institutions

  • This could be a "raining decade" with the market in an "extended sideways up and down period." Take the big downturn in the early 70's, the period between 1972 to 1982 "started and finished in the same place," Tanya Beder said.

  • Farr: Investing Now Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 3:18 PM ET

    Three seminal issues have driven the recovery of the past two years: Government rescue money, bank stress tests, and exceptionally low interest rates - all products of government intervention.

  • Stocks on Track for Best Week in a Year Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 3:01 PM ET

    Stocks pushed higher after a weak start Friday as banks bounced bank.  After a three-day rally, stocks are on track for their best week in over a year.

  • Perhaps the past week's stock market rally was only a mirage: Fund-flow data showed retail investors ran for the exits even as the major averages were staging their biggest surge in months.

  • Another Rally for S&P Could Signal Bull Run: Trader Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 1:07 PM ET

    If the S&P 500 can continue to push higher for one more session, investors could see a turning point for the index and a strong signal for a bull market, independent trader Bill McLaren told CNBC Friday. 

  • SEC, Exchanges Discuss Market Maker Rules Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 12:37 PM ET

    There have been reports this morning that the SEC is considering the promulgation of new rules for stock trading. Here's what my sources are telling me...

  • Stocks Push Higher as Banks Bounce Back Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 12:29 PM ET

    Stocks pushed higher after a weak start Friday as banks bounced bank.  After a three-day rally, stocks are on track for their best week in over a year.

  • With the economy weakening and fears growing of a double-dip recession,  the Federal Reserve is under pressure from some quarters to do more to help the economy.  But even Fed officials seem to be split over how the central bank could or should respond.

  • Six in 60 Seconds: Costco, Expedia and More... Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 10:49 AM ET
    Six in 60

    Today's six stocks worth watching.

  • Kaminsky's Call: The Gap Stock, Out of Fashion? Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 9:45 AM ET
    Gap

    The question facing investors now? Were The Gap's disappointing numbers a one-time occurrence (and maybe a buying opportunity), or the start of a disturbing trend?

  • Europe Taking Action on Problems Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 9:43 AM ET

    Greece has passed major changes in its pension system, raising the retirement age to 65 and cutting benefits. There will be a debt issuance next week. Spain will also allow savings banks to be be be bought by private investors, including outsiders.

  • Octopus Outshines Investment Bank Experts Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 9:17 AM ET
    An octopus named Paul sits on a box decorated with a Spanish flag and a shell inside on July 9, 2010 at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, western Germany. Paul's task is to decide in favour of one of the shells hidden in boxes with the flags of the Netherlands and Spain to act thus as oracle for the upcoming final match of the FIFA Football World Cup between the two countries on July 11, 2010. Paul, the 'psychic' octopus, who had predicted well the result of six German matches earlier in the

    Paul the Octopus on Friday predicted Spain to win the World Cup Final. That's something the math modelers at investment banks just didn't see coming.

  • Futures Edge Lower After 3-Day Stock Rally Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 8:31 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a negative open Friday after three straight sessions of gains for the major averages and ahead of the start of third-quarter earnings season next week.

  • Here's what analysts and others say they're watching before the bell Friday.

  • Trading took a bullish turn in Monster Worldwide yesterday after a key labor report spurred optimism about U.S. hiring.

  • Returns are standing at the threshold of mediocrity as growth in G10 economies will be disappointing, said Richard Clarida, global strategic advisor, Pimco on CNBC Friday.

  • Friday Look Ahead: Focus on Earnings Could Help Stocks Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 10:19 PM ET
    NYSE trader

    Shopping for any excuse to rally, stock traders found it in chain stores' sales, and those reports may provide a clue to the earnings season.

  • Find New Mentors Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 9:52 PM ET

    Stock experts are well and good, Cramer says, but investors should be willing to learn from just about anyone.

  • Finding the Metrics That Matter Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 9:52 PM ET

    Following the wrong one, Cramer says, could sidetrack you from the market’s next big move.