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  • Saving For Retirement On A Budget Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 4:48 PM ET

    Question:  As a self-employed empty nester, what advice can you give to starting our retirement nest egg at this late date? My husband and I are both in our early 50’s. We would like something simple that we can contribute small ($50) amounts to at a time.

  • The "Shape" Of Things To Come Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 4:10 PM ET

    Wall Street strategists and economists are trying to grapple with the direction of the U.S. recovery. AND whatever direction it takes…there’s a growing consensus that the market is bound to stay in a trading range.

  • A Broad Advance Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 3:55 PM ET

    Stocks briefly lost a little bit of steam as Fitch downgraded the state of California's long-term general obligation bond rating to "A-" from "A" and placed the bonds on Rating Watch negative "based on the magnitude of the state's financial and institutional challenges and persistent economic and revenue weakening."

  • Pros Say: Consumer Weakness Will Slow Recovery Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 3:46 PM ET

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke testified in front of a House Committee Thursday that he did not put pressure on Bank of America to close the takeover of Merrill Lynch. Unemployment numbers released are showing a weak job market and GDP growth is still in a decline. Read and watch what the pros say...

  • Not So Green Shoots Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 3:19 PM ET

    One of the new terms to come out of the recession is “green shoots.” I couldn’t help but think about that yesterday as the Fed released its latest statement about the economy and said it would leave interest rates unchanged.

  • Energy, Restaurant Stock Trades: Strategists Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 2:41 PM ET

    The state of oil and the financial mess n California are on the minds of two analysts. Peter Kenny, managing director of Knight Equities and David Lutz, managing director at Stifel, Nicolaus Capital Markets recommended the following picks.

  • Stocks Rally After Another Strong Auction Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 2:09 PM ET

    Stocks rebounded Thursday as an unexpected profit from Bed, Bath & Beyond buoyed consumer stocks — and hopes for an economic recovery.

  • Stocks & Ben Both Hold Their Own Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 1:02 PM ET

    Stocks have been quietly moving to the upside all morning...the general take is that despite vigorous questioning Mr. Bernanke is holding up well in his principal claim: that he did not threaten action against Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis or the bank's board if they abandoned the Merrill takeover, and more importantly insisted that his actions helped avert a global economic meltdown.

  • Target-Date Mutual Funds May Miss Their Mark Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 11:28 AM ET

    Washington blessed them as a way to put your 401(k) on automatic pilot and glide safely toward retirement. But popular target-date mutual funds have badly missed the mark - and now regulators are asking why.

  • Stocks Bounce Back After Weak Open Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 10:34 AM ET

    Stocks rebounded Thursday after a lower open as weekly jobless claims came in higher than expected.

  • Ben Bernanke's 10 AM ET testimony dominates trader talk this morning, and as one trader observed, "Nothing good will come from this."

  • Pros Say: Markets May Pause and See 10% Pullback Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 10:25 AM ET
    Investor Spring Cleaning - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks opened lower on Thursday after weekly jobless claims came in higher than expected. In the meantime, the economy contracted 5.5 percent, the Commerce Department said in its final reading on first-quarter GDP. That was a smaller contraction than the 5.7 percent initially reported. Read and listen to what the experts had to say...

  • Art Cashin: Markets Are Staggering Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 10:02 AM ET

    Just which way are the markets headed? Art Cashin, floor director at UBS weighed in Thursday. "The market's staggering a bit here," said Cashin.

  • Futures Turn Negative Following Jobs Number Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 8:34 AM ET

    Futures indicated a slightly negative open for Wall Street Thursday after the Federal Reserve cautioned that the U.S. economy would remain weak for a time, adding concerns about the sustainability of a recent recovery.

  • ITT Educational Services drew some upside options activity yesterday as for-profit schools find themselves with a rush of applicants resulting from rising unemployment.

  • BofA Best Bank, Goldman 'Pricey': Strategist Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 7:15 AM ET

    Big U.S. banks like Citigroup and Bank of America are attractive because there is no chance of them failing, Ron Ianieri, chief market strategist at ION Options said Thursday.

  • Market Tips: Hot on US Banks, Not on Emerging Markets Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 5:20 AM ET

    Global stocks were mixed Thursday after the Federal Reserve cautioned that the U.S. economy would remain weak for a time, adding concerns about the sustainability of a recent recovery.

  • Citigroup Sees BofA Second-Quarter Loss, Cuts Target Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 4:48 AM ET

    Citigroup cut Bank of America's share-price target to $18 from $20 Thursday, predicting a loss in the second quarter and a big writedown on Merrill Lynch debt.

  • Market Insider: Thursday Look Ahead Wednesday, 24 Jun 2009 | 7:40 PM ET

    Stocks are now searching for the next catalyst, after a routine Fed announcement left the market mixed and little changed on the day.

  • Dow Falls for 4th Straight Day; Techs Gain Wednesday, 24 Jun 2009 | 5:17 PM ET

    The Dow fell for a fourth straight day Wednesday after the Fed said it expected to keep interest rates exceptionally low for an extended period.