Investment Strategy


  • Stocks Pare Gains But Still Rise Over 1% Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 4:17 PM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks pared gains in the final hour of trading Monday, but remained significantly higher, buoyed by AT&T's $39 billion planned purchase of Deutsche Telecom's T-Mobile USA and buying opportunities in oversold stocks.  Boeing and GE led gainers, while Pfizer fell.

  • Greenberg: China Stock Action Heats Up Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 4:12 PM ET

    We should start calling this, “China Stocks Today.” The events surrounding Chinese stocks, mostly reverse mergers, are moving so quickly it’s hard to keep track of them.

  • The Fear Trade Now Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 4:09 PM ET

    Much is made about "risk on, risk off" trades, but you can understand the outperformance of U.S. vs. international stocks, and the outperformance of precious metals and energy, as all aspects of the fear trade, which comes in different "flavors."

  • Is VIX Being Tricky or Is Worst Over for Stocks? Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 3:19 PM ET

    The VIX, considered a measure of market fear, rose last week as news about radiation leaks from Japan's damaged nuclear reactors looked increasingly dire. But the stock market has now assumed the worst case will be averted and stocks vaulted higher, sinking the VIX. The VIX was at 20.56 in mid afternoon.

  • Tech Under the Radar     Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 2:50 PM ET

    Under the radar tech plays that could turn into solid opportunities for investors, with Darrin Peller, Barclay's analyst.

  • Dubious Chinese Stock Snares Hank Greenberg Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 2:48 PM ET
    Maurice "Hank" Greenberg

    Whenever anybody raised red flags over China MediaExpress, as has happened quite a bit in recent months, the flip-side from the bulls was always that the company’s biggest investor was none other than Starr Investments, a unit of Maurice “Hank” Greenberg’s privately held C.V. Starr & Co. Greenberg, Starr's CEO, is better known as the former CEO of American International Group.

  • Stop Trading: AT&T     Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 2:35 PM ET

    Mad Money host Jim Cramer provides his view on the day's market activity and where things might be headed.

  • Is Trading Always Rational? Sorry, No Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 2:14 PM ET

    Birinyi just put out a great, two-page report that contains ZERO analysis. It notes that there are only 12 companies in the S&P 100 that break out revenue from Japan—and of those who have the greatest exposure, four out of five are trading UP since the crisis began.

  • As oil prices surge above $102 a barrel after UN forces strike Muammar Gaddafi forces on Monday, the airline "industry is much more smart and disciplined to deal with this rising cost of energy," David Barger, CEO of JetBlue Airways, told CNBC on Monday.

  • The volatility index spiked over 30 percent in the past month and pros including Russell Napier, market strategist at CLSA, and Kim Caughey, VP and assistant portfolio manager at Fort Pitt Capital Group, expect the swings to continue.

  • Tech Firms May Be Next to Boost Dividends: Strategist Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 11:45 AM ET

    While several large banks recently announced dividend hikes, Channing Smith, vice president and co-manager of Capital Advisors, explained why companies in the tech sector are the next likely to boost dividends.

  • Markets are "overreacting" to the geopolitical events around the world, including the political unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, and troubles in Japan, said Willem Buiter, chief economist at Citi.

  • Stocks Gain Amid M&A; Energy, Tech Rise Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 11:35 AM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    Stocks gained despite continuing global tensions as M&A activity heated up and as Warren Buffet said Japanese stocks represented a good buying opportunity.  Microsoft and Boeing led gainers.

  • Will Saudi Arabia's Stimulus Calm Sectarian Tensions? Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 11:01 AM ET
    Saudi youth wave their national flag as they celebrate the return of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

    Saudi Arabia's plan to shell out some $90 billion as part of a state-backed economic aid package continued to buoy regional markets Monday, but it is too early to tell how much the spending package will do to assuage sectarian tensions in the country, market analysts told CNBC.

  • Citi Reverse Stock Split: Bad for Trading Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 10:58 AM ET

    Citi's 1-for-10 reverse stock split doesn't change any fundamentals, but it is good news for institutional investors, as a price in the $40s will definitely make the stock more attractive for them and certain other longer-term holders of the stock. But it is definitely a negative for the trading community.

  • Global Bourses and Commodities up 1-2% Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 10:24 AM ET

    Also: Citi stock split, AT&T's T-Mobile deal, and news from AIG and Schwab.

  • Futures Buoyed by M&A; Libya, Japan in Focus Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 9:26 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures gained ahead of the market's opening Monday in the wake of stronger markets overseas, and buoyed in part by AT&T's plan to buy T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom to create the largest mobile provider in the United States. US stock index futures pointed to gains for Wall Street Monday, with sentiment helped after AT&T agreed to buy T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom, creating the largest mobile provider in the United States.

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Monday's Squawk on the Street.

  • Crises in Japan Ripple Across Global Economy Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 5:27 AM ET
    80-year-old Sumi Abe is rescued from her destroyed house nine days after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 20, 2011 in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan.

    In the wake of Japan’s cascading disasters, signs of economic loss can be found in many corners of the globe, from Sendai, on the battered Japanese coast, to Paris to Marion, Ark., reports the New York Times.

  • No US Fiscal Crisis, Yet Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 3:27 AM ET

    The US does not face an imminent fiscal crisis in the short term, but things look very different over the long term according to Ian Shepherdson, the US economist at High Frequency Economics.