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  • How to Beat Hedge Funds' Returns: Wealth Manager Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 1:28 PM ET

    Hedge funds have been attracting inflows from yield-hungry investors eager for seemingly guaranteed superior returns. But there are a few things that investors should know before giving hedge funds a try, said Niall Gannon, director of wealth management at Gannon Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

  • Tackling the Debt Crisis: Four Ways To Make Money Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 1:03 PM ET
    One hundred dollar bill and one hundred euro bank note

    No good crisis comes without good opportunities, and the events unfolding with European debt are no exception.

  • Tony Fratto: You Say You Want A Resolution? Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 12:34 PM ET

    Every now and then an idea takes hold that is, conceptually, so elegant and alluring as to be nearly irresistible. Resolution authority – like the call of the Sirens – has enchanted every US official who was in a decision-making capacity during the financial crisis.

  • 'Game-Changing' Power Deal Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 12:28 PM ET

    PPL's acquisition of E.On is the largest power sector deal in the last two and half years. This deal will allow E.On to reduce its debt and PPL to expand significantly in the U.S.

  • Financial Reform May Hurt More Than Banks: Strategist Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 12:01 PM ET

    The financial regulation debate will begin today in the US Senate, with lawmakers still divided on issues including derivatives regulation and consumer protection. Some experts say the bill’s reach may go beyond the big banks — and could hit companies that investors may not expect.

  • V-Shaped Recovery vs. European Woe Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 11:53 AM ET
    Recovery sign

    Right now investors face a V-shaped-recovery theme at home and the serious debt troubles plaguing Greece, Spain, Portugal, and perhaps other countries in Europe.

  • Signs of an improving domestic economy helped send stocks higher for the second day on Thursday. How should investors be positioned? Steven Stahler, president of Stahler Investment Group and Alan Lancz, president of Alan B. Lancz & Associates shared their insights.

  • Emerging Markets Driving Consumer Company Growth Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 11:28 AM ET
    Cash Register

    The theme among earnings reports by three consumer powerhouses is that the global recovery continues and the most impressive growth is in emerging markets.

  • Dorn: The Power of You Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 11:04 AM ET
    NYSE Traders

    If you spend a lot of time daydreaming about making a financial "killing" that will take you away from your internal suffering, you are trading on hope and you will fail.

  • Dow Up Over 100 as Debt Fears Ease Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 10:48 AM ET

    Stocks advanced Thursday, with the Dow up nearly 100 points, as fears of contagion from the European debt crisis eased and U.S. jobless claims fell.

  • Pisani: Tougher Earnings Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 9:29 AM ET

    Europe is up, as are U.S. stocks, on hope that the EU will complete talks with Greece on a financial aid package that could be announced this weekend.

  • Duke Energy drew upside option activity yesterday after the company lost out on a bid to buy two Kentucky utilities from Germany's E.On.

  • Beware the 3 Recovery 'Derailers' Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 7:11 AM ET

    The growing sovereign debt crisis that started in Greece is just one of three potential "derailers" of the global economic recovery, Harry Samuel, global co-head of fixed income and currencies and head of global Treasury services at RBC Capital Markets, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Futures Rise as Debt Contagion Fears Ease Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 6:32 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open Thursday as fears of contagion from the European debt crisis eased, but weekly jobless numbers and corporate earnings could shift investor momentum.

  • Thursday Look Ahead: US Growth vs Euro Zone Concerns Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 7:25 PM ET
    Traders at the New York Stock Exchange.

    The weekly jobless claims report should help swing the focus back to the U.S. economic recovery at least temporarily Thursday, after the Fed affirmed low rates are here to stay for the time being.

  • 20% of S&P 500 Firms Increased Dividends Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 6:37 PM ET

    Dividend increases keep coming. ExxonMobil the latest, this time increasing their annual dividend to $1.76 from $1.68. According to Standard & Poor's, 98 companies in the S&P 500 (20 percent!) have increased, with 2 decreasing.

  • Five Stocks to Play Fed Decision: Pros Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 5:33 PM ET

    On the heels of the Federal Reserve's decision to maintain low interest rates for an "extended period," two experts, Ken Heebner and Bob Doll, shared thoughts on the economy and their individual stock picks.

  • Stocks End Higher as Fed Holds Rates Steady Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 4:34 PM ET
    Debtor Nations

    Stocks ended higher after the Fed left interest rates unchanged and kept the "extended period" language in its statement. Financials were the day's best performers, with JPMorgan and Bank of America leading the Dow.

  • Hedgies Fear Small-Business Credit Freeze Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 3:38 PM ET

    No surprises from the Fed — that's putting it mildly. Worries about Greece, and maybe the economy, seems to have neutered the Fed completely. Yes, no change in the "exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate for an extended period" phrase, but we knew that. Nothing on selling their stash of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) or agency debt, nothing on increasing the rate they pay on reserves. But the biggest disappointment..?

  • Real Bookies Bet on Goldman Sachs Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 3:19 PM ET
    Daniel Sparks, former partner and head of the Mortgages Department at the Goldman Sachs Group, Joshua Birnbaum, former managing director of the structured products group trading for The Goldman Sachs Group, Michael Swenson, managing director of structured products group trading for The Goldman Sachs Group and Fabrice Tourre, executive director of the structured products group trading for The Goldman Sachs Group are sworn in while testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Af

    Sen. Claire McCaskill called Goldman Sachs "the bookie" in selling synthetic CDOs. Now, real bookies are putting odds on what happens next to the Wall Street giant.