Investment Strategy


  • Marc Faber: We Have a New Gold Standard Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 5:53 AM ET
    Gold Bars

    The markets have created their own gold standard because of uncertainties regarding other asset classes, Marc Faber, author of "The Gloom, Boom and Doom Report," told CNBC Thursday.

  • The quadruple witching expiration of futures and options should give stocks a lift into Friday, while markets tune in to a handful of economic data, including jobless claims and CPI.

  • Ireland Is 'on Sale' — Here's How to Buy It Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 6:09 PM ET

    On this day, we’re all Irish, even if the Emerald Isle has fallen on hard times. The famously cheerful country was beset with struggle after struggle during the global economic crisis. Better days, though, might be ahead for the Emerald Isle...

  • Pisani: Why it IS a Meltup Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 5:43 PM ET

    Cynics will note that ever since Mr. Volcker and Mr. Bernanke have been testifying, the market has drifted lower. Regardless. There are a number of positive factors behind today's modest move, which—given that the S&P 500 is up 12 out of 14 days—can only be described as a meltup.

  • Hartford Financial may float their $1.45 billion common stock offering to pay off TARP debt as early as tonight, traders tell me. HIG's announcement that they would be repurchasing the $3.4 billion of its preferred shares issued to the Treasury under the TARP program may spur others to pay off their TARP debt. Why now?

  • Dow Extends Win Streak for Lucky 7th Day Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 5:02 PM ET

    The Dow rose for a seventh straight day Wednesday as a renewed pledge from the Fed for low rates and a drop in inflation at the producer level helped fuel the market's momentum.

  • China Will Boost EBay: IT Equity Analyst Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 4:38 PM ET

    The world’s largest online marketplace, eBay, hit a new 52-week high on Wednesday, and the stock more than doubled over the last year. So is there still room for investors to get in? Scott Kessler, equity analyst at Standard & Poor’s, shared his insights.

  • Four Ways to Profit When Market Volume Takes a Plunge Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 2:32 PM ET

    Sure as the luck o' the Irish, the stock market's best fortunes over the past year have coincided with a low level of interest from investors.

  • Large Investment Banks Are Still 'Very Cheap' Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 1:43 PM ET

    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd unveiled a new blueprint for sweeping financial reform in an attempt to win bipartisan support. What does this mean for the financial sector? Anton Schutz, president of Mendon Capital, and Fred Cannon, co-director of research and chief equity strategist at KBW, shared their insights.

  • Pisani: Here's Why Volume Is Low Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 1:24 PM ET

    Why is volume so low? This has been the primary complaint from trading desks for two weeks now. Never mind that we are melting up to new highs, traders who make their living trading are grousing, because business is poor.

  • Equities Trapped Between Liquidity and 'Weaker' Growth Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 12:40 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve renewed its pledge on Tuesday to keep the benchmark rates near zero for an "extended period." Greg Peters, global head of fixed income research at Morgan Stanley, said he currently finds equities trapped between liquidity and weak growth. He shared his market outlook.

  • More Tech Earnings Surprises Ahead, Say Stock Pickers Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 12:14 PM ET

    Markets opened higher on Wednesday as a drop in inflation at the producer level helped fuel the momentum. Do stocks have further room on the upside? Charlie Smith, chief investment officer at Fort Pitt Capital Group and Jeffrey Phillips, chief investment officer at Rehmann Financial shared their insights.

  • Why Low Volume May Not Be Bearish Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 11:15 AM ET

    Low volume may not be as bearish as it seems. Trading desks have been bemoaning the lack of volume lately, as stocks still drift quietly higher, adding to the market's 60-plus percent move since last March. "There seems like there's no true conviction," said one trader, voicing a widespread concern.

  • Stocks Open Higher as Inflation Gauge Falls Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 10:33 AM ET

    The Dow rose for a seventh straight day Wednesday as a renewed pledge from the Fed for low rates and a drop in inflation at the producer level helped fuel the market's momentum.

  • A Market Melt-Up Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 9:35 AM ET

    The S&P 500 futures is up a couple points again today. Despite the gripes about low volume and low volatility, the market is melting up: the S&P 500 has been up 11 of the last 13 trading sessions.

  • Futures Higher on PPI, Momentum From Fed Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 8:40 AM ET

    Stock index futures were pointing to a positve St. Patrick's Day market open, as a drop in producer prices confirmed the view that inflation poses little threat to the economy.

  • Why Are Options Bullish on Kellogg? Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 7:50 AM ET

    Kellogg is drawing upside option activity as the food company's shares trade in an increasingly narrow range.

  • Charts: Euro Could Jump to $1.45 in Two Weeks Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 7:46 AM ET

    The recent weakness of the euro against the dollar is set to change and the euro could rise to $1.45 in the next two weeks, Chris Zwermann from Zwermann Financial told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Jim Rogers Sizes Up Two Global Bubbles Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 7:40 AM ET
    Jim Rogers

    The euro is unlikely to still exist as a currency over the longer term, the pound will fall substantially in the next few years and US Treasurys and some real estate in China are the world's two current bubbles, legendary investor Jim Rogers told CNBC.com Wednesday.

  • Market Tips: How to Play Low Rates for the Long Term Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 6:58 AM ET

    Global stocks traded in the green on St Patrick's Day Wednesday, in response to a relatively optimistic outlook from the Federal Reserve combined with a pledge to keep interest rates low for an extended time.