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    March chain store sales reports are likely to be a pleasant surprise for markets, and they should also show that the American consumer has become a little more willing to spend.

  • Byron Wien: Oil at $100, Gold at $1,500 by Year-End Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 5:39 PM ET

    Crude oil will hit $100 a barrel while gold will reach $1,500 an ounce by the end of this year, said Byron Wien, vice chairman of Blackstone Advisory Services.

  • Stocks Slide as Hoenig Calls for Rate Hike Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 5:35 PM ET

    Stocks slipped Wednesday after a senior Fed member said policy makers should start raising rates to 1 percent soon.

  • Revealing What's Really Inside a 'Toxic Asset' Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 4:50 PM ET

    CNBC "Fast Money" trader is testing the derivative waters by purchasing a bond containing mortgages from 13 states.

  • Pisani: The Brief 10-Year Auction Rally Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 4:41 PM ET

    Surprise! Stocks staged a modest rally — before slipping back on Fed rate-hike comments — on the results of the 10-year Treasury auction, which yielded 3.90 percent, above expectations of a yield of 3.94 to 3.95 percent. Indirect Bidders (generally viewed to be central banks) was 43.1 percent, well above the average of 40.6 percent...

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    Emerging markets still will provide value to investors but not necessarily through their stock markets, strategists at Barclays Wealth Management said Wednesday.

  • Un-Spirited Announcement Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 3:45 PM ET

    Just when you think the airlines can’t charge for anything else, low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines just announced that it will charge customers for carry-on luggage, up to 45 bucks.

  • Is Greece at the Tipping Point? Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 3:43 PM ET

    The Greek sovereign debt crisis is expanding and tightening its stronghold in record numbers.

  • Farr: Is A Correction Starting Now? Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 2:55 PM ET

    The economy to date has had a nearly flawless recovery, and markets expect that this will continue well into the future. Trillions of taxpayers’ dollars have revived an economy that was in extremis, but we do not have evidence that the current stasis is sustainable.

  • Traders Piling into Best Buy Shares, Options Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 2:53 PM ET

    Shares of Best Buy are nearing new highs and drawing broad upside option activity along the way. The big-box electronics chain is up 0.61 percent in midday trading to $44.38 and has risen some 22 percent since the beginning of March. After trading under $35 two months ago, the stock is now barely a dollar away from its 52-week high of $45.55 reached in December.

  • Pain For Medical Device Industry? Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 2:33 PM ET

    Harry Rein, General Partner with Foundation Medical Partners however, does not think the new health care law does enough to encourage innovation in the medical device industry.

  • Stocks Slide; Palm Soars Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 2:18 PM ET

    Stocks slipped Wednesday after a senior Fed member said policy makers should start raising rates to 1 percent soon.

  • How to Play The Regional Banks: Strategists Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 12:56 PM ET

    Several regional banks have been trading near their 52-week highs in the last few days. Do they have further room to run? Craig Siegenthaler, analyst at Credit Suisse, and David Katz, chief investment officer at Matrix Asset Advisors, shared their sector outlooks.

  • British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he was dissolving Parliament and set a May 6 date for national elections. How does this news translate for the U.S.? Jeffrey Saut, chief investment strategist at Raymond James, shared his views on transatlantic politics and potential market impact.

  • Pisani: Banks Riskier Than Retail? (Updated) Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 12:23 PM ET

    Yikes! The Mortgage Bankers Association reported that 30-year fixed rate mortgages jumped a quarter point to 5.31 percent (!!) last week, the highest level level since August. Little wonder the volume of mortgage applications fell 11 percent. Also: retailer optimism and a caution on bank earnings. (UPDATED)

  • This Budding Boomlet May Turn Into a Boom Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 12:21 PM ET
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    The central bank basically sees no inflation at all on the horizon. They’re showing no imminent sign of ending their ultra-easy money for an extended period any time soon. But my message to them and to investors is this: Are you sure about this low-growth recovery?

  • Najarian: Trade Long on These Takeover Targets Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 11:36 AM ET

    In an exclusive for our website, Jon Najarian says, 'Our Heat Seeker spied a couple takeover candidates this morning and per usual, I am trading both from the long side.'

  • Banking on Expansion Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 11:27 AM ET
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    New York Community Bancorp is expanding its community throughout the country. The regional bank is raising its national profile, after two FDIC-assisted transactions in Ohio and Arizona. NYB acquired AmTrust Bank in Ohio in December 2009 and Desert Hills Bank in Arizona last month.

  • Stocks Struggle Amid Greece Worries Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 11:07 AM ET

    Stocks were weak Wednesday amid jitters about Greece's debt problems and the 10-year Treasury auction this afternoon.

  • Bank Earnings Will Disappoint in Q1: Dick Bove Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 10:46 AM ET

    The upcoming earnings season will not be a good quarter for the financial sector, said Dick Bove, financial strategist at Rochdale Securities.