Investment Strategy


  • Inflation Is Back As An Issue Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 9:32 AM ET

    Futures were already down on the poor mortgage news (both purchases and refinancings were below expectations, and 30-year mortgage rates are now over 6 percent). They dropped again at 8:30 AM when core CPI came in at 0.3 percent in January, the biggest increase since June 2006.

  • Market Insider/Wednesday Look Ahead  Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 9:21 PM ET

    Inflation data will be one of the big items to watch ahead of Wednesday's opening, after scorching hot commodities prices snuffed out a rally in stocks by the final hour Tuesday.

  • Shorts Signaling Short-Term Bottom Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 6:31 PM ET

    The number of new shorts being placed has been falling -- a sign to some that the market may be closing in on a bottom, at least for the near term, according to Locatestock.com CEO John Tabacco.

  • Commodities Surge -- But Look at The Reasons Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 3:07 PM ET

    What's up with commodities? They're roaring again today, with strength in grains, energy, metals. There are some broad issues: it's an inflation hedge, many commodities price in dollars. Also, remember that most of these markets are a tiny fraction of the stock and bond markets, so it's easier to move them around.

  • Welcome to Fast Money: Finding Your Style Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 11:32 AM ET

    If you want to trade for success, you first have to find the right investment style. Whether it’s riding a momentum tidal wave or hunting for value, choosing the right buying technique is the first step in making any investment.

  • What Makes the Best Traders Tick? Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 11:32 AM ET

    If you want to make the best plays, you need to understand your trading personality. Street psychiatrist Dr. Janice Dorn explains the different types of traders.

  • Europe Recovers after Credit Suisse Writedown Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 9:25 AM ET

    European markets have recovered in the past two hours after a rough start. Credit Suisse roiled the markets early, as it announced $2.85 billion in writedowns -- just a few days after posting relatively strong fourth-quarter profit...

  • The Traders’ Styles Monday, 18 Feb 2008 | 3:16 PM ET

    Value. Growth. Momentum. Some traders follow just one of these themes while others mix them to make up their styles. See how our traders describe their different trading approaches.

  • Bet Like Buffett Monday, 18 Feb 2008 | 3:15 PM ET

    While the ‘buy low, sell high' principle gave way to the ‘buy high, sell higher’ mantra of the dot-com bubble, conservative value investing seems to be back in fashion on Wall Street. Is it a coincidence that Warren Buffett is a value player?

  • The Fastest Money: Options Monday, 18 Feb 2008 | 3:15 PM ET

    You might Know that options are contracts that give you the right to buy or sell a stock at a future date. But do you know Pete Najarian's favortite ways to trade them?

  • Charting the Momentum Monday, 18 Feb 2008 | 3:15 PM ET

    Uncover the trades between the lines by locating the momentum in the charts. Strategic investor Dennis Gartman explains how.

  • Finding Your Style: Final Tips Monday, 18 Feb 2008 | 3:14 PM ET

    The traders give a closing piece of advice on how you can best find your style.

  • Week Ahead: Stocks vs. Credit Markets Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 7:20 PM ET

    Credit stories are back on the front burner. In fact, they are boiling over and are likely to keep spilling into the stock market in the week ahead. There's also a fairly heavy economic calendar, including the Fed's latest meeting minutes, consumer inflation and a series of housing data...

  • Weak Economy News, Inflation Weigh On Stocks Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 11:30 AM ET

    A slew of weak economic news and stronger than expected inflation news is weighing on stocks ahead of the Presidents’ Day weekend. Consider: .

  • Huh? Import prices from China rose 0.8 percent for the month. How did that happen? As one trader noted, "The days of importing deflation from China is over." Futures were also down as the February NY Fed survey was negative 11.7, the weakest since May 2003.

  • Market Insider/Friday Look Ahead  Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 8:24 PM ET

    Friday's markets will likely continue to be vulnerable to credit worries. There are a few economic data points including import prices and the Empire State survey, both at 8:30 a.m. TIC data from the Treasury is released at 9 a.m. and industrial production comes out at 8:15 a.m. Consumer sentiment is due at 10 a.m.

  • The Yahoo "Stock Watch" Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 4:23 PM ET

    Yahoo! shareholders have got to be watching their stock creep above $30 today for the first time in months. This is the first time it's been above $30 since early November, and more importantly, the first time since Microsoft made its $31 per share offer.

  • Energy Sector Leading Market--Again Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 10:27 AM ET

    Once again, the energy sector is leading the market--in fact the AmEx Oil Index is up six days in a row. What's going on? Oil commodity traders don't believe the International Energy Agency's claim that oil prices will drop in response to slower U.S. growth (which they said yesterday), and have been bidding up oil, which at $94.40 is at its highest level in a month.

  • International Growth Once Again "Big Deal" Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 9:22 AM ET

    The story is on international growth today. Marriott beat, and along with everyone else on the planet reported stronger revenues (revenue per available room, or RevPAR, in this case) internationally than domestically: up 9.2 percent vs. 6.2 percent. First quarter guidance a tad below expectations. Remember, Starwood cut its 2008 forecast a short while ago.

  • Market Insider/Thursday Look Ahead  Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 9:17 PM ET

    Will stocks get a Bernanke bounce? That's certainly what some traders are hoping for ahead of Fed Chairman Ben Bernake's testimony before the Senate Banking committee Thursday. But of course, there's always the chance his comments could bring on a Valentine's Day massacre.