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  • Amid Wild Headlines, Fundamentals Drive Stocks Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 5:38 AM ET

    Despite a fully-fledged debt crisis in Europe, the stock market continues to defy the bears to trade higher on the year.

  • ECB's 'Bazooka' Fights Speculators, Hurts Euro Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 4:03 AM ET
    The European Debt Crisis - See Complete Coverage

    The European Central Bank's decision to buy government bonds in the secondary markets will likely stop speculators, but it may push the euro down by more than 10 percent.

  • Dow Jumps 150 as Tech Stocks Rally; Gold Soars Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 4:58 PM ET

    Stocks had their best three-day run in 10 months Wednesday as Spain got the market off to a good start, promising tough austerity measures, and tech stocks rallied after some encouraging reports from Intel and IBM. Gold soared.

  • Pisani: Strong Dollar/Strong Stocks Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 3:59 PM ET

    Stocks closing near highs for the day. The key story: the correlation between a weak euro/weak equities has been broken. There is now a positive correlation between the dollar (up) and the stock market (also up)—what's up with that?

  • Morici: Why Gold Prices Are Soaring Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 1:54 PM ET
    Gold coins and bar

    Gold prices are soaring because of growing inflation fears—both the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve seem to be on the path to permanently easy money with the Greek bailout and huge U.S. budget deficits.

  • Seeking a Bet Big on Banks? Try These Triple-X ETF Funds Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 1:49 PM ET
    Traders at the New York Stock Exchange.

    Two of the most popular exchange-traded funds present triple-threats in both opportunity and danger for investors wanting to play the financial sector.

  • Techs Lead Market Higher; Gold Surges Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 1:22 PM ET

    Stocks advanced Wednesday after Spain promised to take wide austerity measures and Intel said it expects earnings growth to double. Techs and industrials led the way. Gold surged.

  • There's Still Time to Get into Gold: Strategist Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 12:22 PM ET

    Gold prices surged to a record high on Wednesday as investors piled in, seeking safety from turmoil in government bond markets and the risks of Greece's debt crisis spreading to other countries. Is gold a crowded trade or can investors still get in? Scott Redler, chief strategic officer at T3live.com and Jim Iuorio, managing director at TJM Institutional Services shared their insights.

  • Stocks Rise, Buoyed by Spain Cuts, Intel Outlook Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 11:17 AM ET

    Stocks advanced Wednesday after Spain promised to take wide austerity measures and Intel said it expects earnings growth to double.

  • What's Next for Circuit Breakers? Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 11:02 AM ET

    A day after the exchanges testified in the House of Representatives, exchange officials and lawyers are busy writing new rules. Based on discussions with exchange and government officials, here's a likely timetable:

  • Market Volatility to Continue Through 2010: Analyst Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 10:51 AM ET

    Stocks advanced Wednesday after Spain promised to take wide austerity measures. Is the market crisis over? Alan Valdes, vice president of Kabrik Trading and Peter Costa, president of Empire Executions and CNBC market analyst shared their insights.

  • Don't Touch US Banks with a 'Bargepole': Investor Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 10:23 AM ET

    U.S. banking stocks aren't clear of the financial crisis and investors should avoid them at all costs, Julian Pendock, partner at Senhouse Capital, told CNBC Wednesday.

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    The Commerce Department reported the March deficit on international trade in goods and services increased to $40.4 billion from $39.4 billion in February.

  • 13 Stocks Investors Should Focus On: Strategists Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 10:08 AM ET

    Stocks opened higher on Wednesday, following a rocky trading session yesterday that left the blue-chip index down 0.3 percent. How should investors be positioned? Ronald Weiner, president and CIO of RDM Financial Group and Charlie Smith, CIO of Fort Pitt Capital Group shared their market outlooks.

  • Yoshikami: Is Buy & Hold Dead? Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 9:48 AM ET
    The European Debt Crisis - See Complete Coverage

    Is the notion of "buy-and-hold" or "set it and forget it" approach to investing dead? Is it time to question the wisdom of this approach?

  • Futures Near Morning Highs; Gold Spikes Again Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 8:58 AM ET

    U.S. stock futures are up as Europe is trading up 1 to 2 percent. The put/call ratio at the close yesterday was 1.28—meaning 1.28 puts bought for every call—fairly high. This is a contrarian indicator, as it represents stock that needs to be bought back eventually. What does it mean? It means traders are either getting short or hedging their long positions.

  • As Gold Soars, Is It Too Late to Cash In on the Rally? Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 8:11 AM ET
    Gold coins and bar

    Much of the demand for the precious metal is reportedly coming from Germany, where the memory of hyperinflation continues to significantly influence thinking.

  • Cameron May Need to Cut Spending More than Thatcher Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 7:12 AM ET
    David Cameron

    The Queen was made to hang around for 5 days this week while her elected representatives attempted to form Britain’s next government.

  • Futures Rise as EU Debt Fears Ease Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 7:09 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open Wednesday as fears of contagion from the European debt crisis eased as Spain vowed to slash its public deficit.

  • TARP, PIIGS, STUPID, Time to GASP Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 4:19 AM ET
    The European Debt Crisis - See Complete Coverage

    The only thing missing from the weekend’s $1 trillion rescue package for Europe is a good acronym, Timothy Scala, a macro strategist at hedge fund Sophis Investments told CNBC.com Wednesday.