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  • Hirschhorn: Steroids & Hedge Funds Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 4:49 PM ET

    There are two things I love most in life: trading and baseball. Historically, peak performance in baseball involved finding something that gave players an edge over their opponent. Some players used amphetamines. Others thought steroids gave them the edge.

  • Dow Ends Above 10,000; Cisco Boosts Techs Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 4:37 PM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks rallied Thursday after a strong reading on productivity and an easing in jobless claims — an encouraging sign ahead of tomorrow's jobs report.

  • Friday It's All About Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 4:04 PM ET

    Friday: all about the unemployment rate. That's a bit different than usual, since traders typically focus more on job creation and destruction—the nonfarm payroll report—rather than the unemployment rate.

  • October Retail Sales—The Good, Bad and Ugly? Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 3:51 PM ET

    October retail sales. Now that all the analysts have finished opining to their clients, it's clear there's good and bad news about the direction of retail sales.

  • Markets opened higher on Thursday as a strong reading on productivity and an easing in jobless claims helped cheer investors. Will stocks continue to rise from this point? Steve Hochberg, chief market analyst at Elliott Wave International, shared his market outlook.

  • Many companies have reported impressive third-quarter earnings results, but expect better numbers next quarter, said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at Standard & Poor’s. He shared his earnings outlook and what he expects in the fourth-quarter.

  • When Good News = Good News Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 12:08 PM ET

    Stocks at their highest level in 6 trading sessions....what's up? It's simple: the economic data continues to improve.

  • Art Cashin: Fed 'Doesn't Believe' the Recovery Yet Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 11:39 AM ET

    New U.S. claims for jobless aid fell to a 10-month low last week. What does this herald for stock markets? Art Cashin, director of floor operations for UBS Financial Services, offered CNBC his insights. Also: Cashin's take on hyperinflation and Treasurys.

  • Dow Jumps Over 100 as Jobless Claims Ease Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 11:05 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks opened higher Thursday as a strong reading on productivity and an easing in jobless claims helped cheer investors during a choppy week of trading.

  • Cisco's Clues for Tech Sector Stocks: Analyst Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 10:39 AM ET

    Cisco posted a stronger-than-expected profit for its fiscal first quarter and said business was recovering as customers are buying more network equipment again, after cutting back for the past year. Simon Leopold, telecom equipment analyst at Morgan Keegan, shared his analysis of the company.

  • BlackRock's Doll: Market Outlook and Stock Picks Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 10:09 AM ET

    The Fed expressed confidence that a recovery is building—but said it will keep borrowing costs near zero for "an extended period." Is this good news for investors and the markets? Robert Doll, vice chairman and global CIO of equities at BlackRock, shared his insights.

  • Retail And Jobs Lift Mood Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 9:55 AM ET

    October retail sales generally positive, not as robust as last month, but we don't have the back to school stimulus that we had last month.

  • Health Care Firms See Bullishness Ahead of Earnings Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 7:41 AM ET

    CareFusion reports earnings this morning before the market opens, and one big investor has positioned for a rally.

  • Futures Push Higher on Economic Optimism Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 6:19 AM ET

    The major averages are coming off their second consecutive mixed sessions, with a late selloff Wednesday wiping out what had been strong gains.

  • Look Ahead: Choppy Trade Likely, Cisco to Boost Techs Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 1:55 AM ET
    Specialist Gregory Zenna, right, directs trading in shares of Verizon on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday Feb. 14, 2005.  Stocks were narrowly mixed Monday in quiet trading as Wall Street greeted Verizon Communications' $6.7 billion takeover of MCI Corp. with indifference. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Cisco could put a glow into tech stocks Thursday, but traders say the stock market could again be choppy.

  • Stocks End Mixed as Post-Fed Rally Fizzles Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | 4:57 PM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks ended mixed Wednesday as a post-Fed rally fizzled. Stocks had opened higher as investors cheered some encouraging readings on the economy, then swung in about a 50 point range after the Fed's statement, before finishing narrowly mixed.

  • Gold Will Hit $1,500 By June 2010: Strategist Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | 4:31 PM ET
    Gold Bars

    Gold prices hit another high on Wednesday, briefly touching $1,100 an ounce. Can anything stop the bull run? Patrick Chidley, senior mining analyst at Barnard Jacobs Mellet, and Jonathan Kleisner, principle and managing director of investment strategies at REX Capital Group, shared their views.

  • Three Way to Play the Dollar Carry Trade Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | 4:00 PM ET

    A Federal funds rate near zero, monetary easing and government purchases of long-term debt have given rise to a carry trade of the U.S. dollar. Here's why investors should watch this trend — and how they can play it.

  • Betting on America: Chief Investor's 5 Stock Picks Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | 3:29 PM ET

    Warren Buffett agreed to buy one of America’s largest railroad companies in a deal valued at $44 billion. So what does Buffett’s move say about investing in America right now? David Pearl, co-CIO of Epoch Investment Partners, shared his insights.

  • 5-Star Manager's Top Stock Picks Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 | 3:27 PM ET

    Markets opened higher on Wednesday, helped by a positive jobs data. Where should investors be looking right now? Bernard Lirola, fund manager of the Needham Aggressive Growth Fund, shared his favorite stock picks.

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