Investment Strategy


  • The Long and Short of UNG Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 3:58 PM ET

    Earlier this week the big natural gas ETF, the U.S. Natural Gas Fund (UNG), announced that it was suspending the issuance of new shares. Why did this happen?

  • Options Smell 'Blood' on Infosys Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 3:52 PM ET

    The bears have tasted the blood of Infosys and are moving in for the kill. OptionMonster's tracking systems detected the purchase of 14,651 July 35 puts for $1.65 and the sale of 14,021 August 40 calls for $0.45. ... The move was almost identical to a similar trade last week...

  • Art Cashin: Traders Weigh Obama Policy Changes Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 3:23 PM ET

    Art Cashin, director of floor operations for UBS Financial Services, offered CNBC his take on what traders are saying Thursday.

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    Increasing distrust in the stock market has led investors into Treasurys, even as the government floods the market with billions in debt with no end in sight.

  • S&P's Stovall: Pullback to 810 is Likely Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 12:19 PM ET

    Sam Stovall of Standard & Poor's and Christopher Zook of Caz Investments had some bad news and some good news. They each think the economy still looks awful — but there are ways to play it.

  • Retails Reeling Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 10:34 AM ET

    Stock futures are up modestly on better-than-expected jobless claims data and Alcoa’s smaller-than-expected loss.

  • Market Tips: Hold Some Volatile Stocks Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 5:15 AM ET

    Global stocks rose on Thursday as the first big U.S. earner out the box, Alcoa posted a smaller-than-expected second-quarter loss, leading basic resource stocks soaring. Experts tell CNBC now's the time to hold some high beta stocks.

  • Stocks Eke Out a Gain; Alcoa Rises Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 5:14 PM ET

    A late upturn pushed stocks higher Wednesday as investors rotated into defensive stocks like pharmaceuticals and Alcoa advanced ahead of earnings.

  • Here Comes the Earnings Parade Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 4:04 PM ET

    Ahead of Alcoa’s earnings report after the bell, here are a few key issues at hand for the forthcoming corporate earnings season.

  • Stocks Retreat as Investors Get Defensive Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 3:09 PM ET

    Stocks turned lower Wednesday as investors got defensive ahead of earnings season, rotating into pharmaceuticals and out of techs.

  • New Normal for the Oil VIX: High Levels of Fear Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 2:52 PM ET

    Much like its stock market counterpart, the Oil VIX is showing a high level of uncertainty among investors as efforts intensify for stronger regulation of energy trading.

  • What Options Say About Transports Now Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 2:35 PM ET

    At least one big trader is buying puts in the IYT exchange traded fund, looking for the transport sector to take a dive.

  • It's All About The Dollar....And Commodities Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 9:44 AM ET

    Futures trade in a fairly tight range this morning ahead of a key 10-year Treasury note auction around 1pm ET today and the earnings season kickoff this afternoon with Dow component Alcoa reporting results after the close.

  • Stocks Bounce Back; Alcoa Leads Dow Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 9:44 AM ET

    Stocks rebounded Wednesday after a major selloff in the previous session as earnings season gets into gear.

  • Healthcare Services Stocks For Trading Only: Analyst Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 9:25 AM ET

    Healthcare services stocks will remain volatile as reform measures proceed through Congress and the economy struggles, industry analyst Leerink Swan said in a research note.

  • Futures Rise as Earnings Season Kicks Off Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 7:44 AM ET

    Futures indicated a slightly higher open for Wall Street Wednesday on profit taking after the major selloff the previous day.

  • Healthcare Gains and Other Signs of the Bear Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 7:43 AM ET

    Health care is the only major sector to earn positive gains since the stock market topped out last month, suggesting that sentiment has shifted to a more traditional bear-market perspective.

  • Charts: S&P Could Slump Below 800, Test Lows Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 6:14 AM ET

    The S&P 500 appears to be topping out, having broken below a key support level, and could fall below 800 points in the coming months, Christopher Locke, MD of Oystertrade.com Management told CNBC.

  • Market Tips: Drop Consumer Stocks, Buy Medical Sector Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 4:47 AM ET

    Global stocks were down again on Wednesday as Group of Eight leaders make their way to Italy to discuss the global economic downturn and ahead of the Alcoa's earnings, the first of U.S. companies to report second-quarter results.

  • Market Insider: Here Comes Earnings Season Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 9:18 PM ET

    Here comes the corporate earnings season, and there's no doubt it will be more important than most. Alcoa's after-the-bell report Wednesday signals the start of the second quarter reporting period, which traders say could be a turning point for a very tentative stock market.