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  • Stocks Push Higher as Service Sector Grows Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 12:00 PM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks pushed higher Wednesday after a report showed the services sector has begun to grow again. Still, a pair of weak private employment readings and anticipation of the government's jobs report capped gains.

  • Buy These Tobacco Stocks While They're Hot: Analyst Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 11:38 AM ET

    Tobacco stocks have been lighting up the markets in the past year and international competitors are seeing gains. Is there still room to invest while they’re hot? Nik Modi, executive director and senior analyst at UBS, shared his ideas for the sector.

  • Bob Doll: 2010 Predictions Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 10:44 AM ET
    BlackRock headquarters

    Blackrock Vice Chairman Bob Doll says 2010 will be positive for stocks but there could be bumps along the way.

  • Markets 'Still In a Lot of Trouble': Peter Costa Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 10:36 AM ET

    Markets opened flat on Wednesday, after a pair of private employment readings in anticipation of Friday's U.S. government jobs report. What should investors expect from the markets this month? Peter Costa, president of Empire Executions and CNBC market analyst, shared his insight.

  • Dorn: Gold And The Dollar Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 10:23 AM ET

    Since December 22nd, GLD has been bouncing back from a steep and swift sell-off from its early December peak. The question is, can it recover or will it fail to make new highs in 2010?

  • Losey: Retirement Resolutions for Your 50's & 60's Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 9:37 AM ET

    If you haven’t maxed out your 401k/403b contributions at work, you are eligible to take advantage of what is known as the catch-up provision. In essence, if you haven’t saved as much as legally possible every year you’ve been working, you are able to contribute an extra $5,500 per year (over and above the legal limit - $16,500) into your retirement plan in 2010.

  • S&P Makes Big Regains Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 9:26 AM ET

    S&P regains half of bear market losses. It may not be exciting, but the S&P 500 has gained 1.9 percent in the first two trading days of the year. More importantly, we have retraced 50 percent of the losses in the bear market that occurred from the all-time high for the S&P 500 (1,576 on Oct 11, 2007) to the market low (666 on March 6, 2009). The 50 percent retracement was 1,116.

  • Farrell: A Lack of Confidence Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 8:57 AM ET

    "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation" said Henry David Thoreau. The Conference Board said on Tuesday that 45% of Americans are unhappy in their jobs. I don't know if that qualifies as "the mass of men", but it's a lot and probably not surprising given the economic circumstances the nation finds itself in.

  • Futures Lower Despite Positive Jobs News Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 6:04 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Some slight selling pressure in Europe pushes stock index futures lower Wednesday, but the open should be dictated by a couple of employment-related economic reports out before the bell.

  • Market Tips: Buy Corn, Coffee, Rice and Coal Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 5:17 AM ET

    With many financial centers experiencing the icy winds of winter, investors thoughts seem to be turning to the most basic of basic resources – the kind of commodities that you can eat and the ones that will keep you warm. And market experts tell CNBC that those commodities are set to make a healthy return as well.

  • Look Ahead: Markets Hanging on US Jobs Report Tuesday, 5 Jan 2010 | 10:10 PM ET

    Markets are hanging on Friday's December employment report, which some economists say could show job growth for the first time in two years.

  • 7 Dividend Plays For Investors: Stock Pickers Tuesday, 5 Jan 2010 | 4:52 PM ET

    We’re about halfway through the "dividend season" but two strategists say it’s not too late to cash in. Joseph Keating, CIO of Private Asset Management at RBC Bank, and Don Taylor, portfolio manager of Franklin Rising Dividend Funds, offered their best dividend plays.

  • S&P Ends Up as Ford Hits 4-Year High Tuesday, 5 Jan 2010 | 4:37 PM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    The S&P finished higher Tuesday as Ford shares soared after better-than-expected sales. The Dow ended slightly lower after a sharp drop in pending-home sales. Financials had a strong day, with Bank of America finishing near the top of the Dow pack.

  • IBM stock closed out 2009 by hitting a 10-year high. Will they surge on again this year? Toni Sacconaghi, senior research analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein shared his insights.

  • Google's Answer to the iPhone? Tuesday, 5 Jan 2010 | 4:13 PM ET
    Google Nexus One

    Perhaps the worst kept secret was the release of Google's smartphone. The "Nexus One" was unveiled this afternoon, with the technology titan billing it as the "next stage in the evolution of the Android phone".

  • What’s Warren Up To? Tuesday, 5 Jan 2010 | 4:02 PM ET
    Warren Buffett

    Try as they might to put on a brave face, Kraft management cannot be pleased that Warren Buffett chose to go public with his opposition to the company’s plan to issue up to 370 million shares to facilitate the purchase of Cadbury.

  • Who is ahead in the smartphone war and which stocks are riding it? Benjamin Schacter, Internet analyst at Broadpoint AmTech, and Pip Coburn, founder and CEO of Coburn Ventures, offered their views—and stock calls.

  • "Most of us don't realize the fact that the markets can go one way and the economy can go the other way," one expert said. "Bull markets are born on bad news and die on good news."

  • What's Up With the Volume?  Tuesday, 5 Jan 2010 | 2:48 PM ET

    The NYSE Consolidated Tape volume (all trading in all NYSE stocks on all exchanges), was 4.1 billion shares yesterday, pretty anemic considering that we averaged over 5 billion shares a day in 2009. 

  • S&P Rises as Ford Hits 4-Year High Tuesday, 5 Jan 2010 | 2:37 PM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    The S&P ticked higher Tuesday as Ford shares hit a four-year high after posting better-than-expected sales. The Dow remained slightly lower after a report showed pending-home sales fell much more sharply than expected.