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  • Stick With Stocks — And Try Tech Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 11:00 AM ET

    Stocks haven't been kind lately, but Eric Thorne of Bryn Mawr Trust Wealth Management says they haven't vanished from his firm's portfolios, and he has a few recommendations for stock-market investors.

  • Ledgers + Cash Flow + Visibility = Stock Buys Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 10:47 AM ET

    Ask Keith Wirtz what makes a stock a "buy" these days, and he'll tick off a short list: "We like plays that have certain characteristics: strong balance-sheet conditions, good free cash flow experiences, and good earnings visibility on the horizon," the president and chief investment officer of Fifth Third Asset Management told CNBC.

  • Options Radar Targets 2 Airline Stocks Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 10:17 AM ET

    Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines saw unusual options activity yesterday, as airline stocks surged across the board.

  • Pfizer's Options Market Terra Firma Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 4:49 PM ET

    Last week we highlighted the troubles over at CBS and how option prices were suggesting a dividend cut in the coming quarters for the Tiffany network.

  • U.S. Steel: What Options Say Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 4:18 PM ET

    U.S. Steel is seeing aggressive put buying on heavy volume Monday, as the stock closes in on its 52-week low. X stock is down more than 11 percent to just over $22 and nearing its November low of just under $21.

  • A Billion Reasons to Buy These Insurance Stocks? Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 1:57 PM ET

    Oppenheimer's Paul Keung says there's a big growth opportunity in China.  It's insurance, and investors can get in on it through some stocks traded in America.

  • Video Game Stocks: Kah-ching! in Beijing Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 1:06 PM ET

    Looking for a stock-market foothold in China? Oppenheimer's Paul Keung suggests electronic game companies, wildly popular in China — and traded on the Nasdaq.

  • Gold, Silver & Platinum ETFs Soaring Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 12:16 PM ET

    What do silver, gold and platinum have in common? They’re all experiencing a renaissance, thanks to a growing flight to quality by nervous investors. While gold is the obvious choice for safe-haven investing, silver and platinum are showing signs of worthiness, too.

  • Stock Strategy: Dee-fense! Dee-fense! Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 10:12 AM ET

    Craig Peckham is hunkering down for a long period of softness in the economy, with stock positions that are clearly defensive. "We're steering clients toward health care and selective plays in the consumer staples space," the Jefferies equity trading strategist told CNBC.  "Technology is also interesting."

  • Medical Data, Ag Stocks: Do Your Homework Friday, 20 Feb 2009 | 4:11 PM ET

    It may not be time for stock-market investors to go back to "classes" just yet, but we should be doing our homework, according to Malcolm Polley, CIO  of Stewart Capital Advisors. So what has he learned by doing his homework?

  • It is Not Too Late to Buy Gold: Experts Friday, 20 Feb 2009 | 1:34 PM ET

    As gold surged above $1,000 earlier today, solidifying its position as one of 2009’s best assets to date, investors wondered if now is the time to buy or if they’ve already missed the boat.

  • Pros Say: Citi, BofA Will Survive — Without Equity Friday, 20 Feb 2009 | 12:26 PM ET

    Friday: Bank nationalization is the big topic du jour. Everyone seems to dislike the idea, but more and more analysts are begrudgingly calling nationalization the inevitable next move in the financial crisis. UBS widened its tax probe; a survey of U.S. homeowners showed more depreciation; and gold rose over $1,000 on investors' flight to safety. CNBC heard from experts who said the U.S. dollar will emerge as the ultimate safe haven; and Citigroup and Bank of America will indeed survive.

  • Here Comes the Stock Market Melt-UP Friday, 20 Feb 2009 | 12:16 PM ET

    Hank Smith thinks the best time to get into the market is when it feels the absolute worst.  So CNBC asked the chief investment officer of Haverford Investments, "Are we there yet?"

  • Options Traders Target Applied Materials Friday, 20 Feb 2009 | 9:31 AM ET

    Traders are buying large blocks of puts in Applied Materials as the company's stock continues to slide, after it reported weak earnings early last week.

  • Options Boil on US Bancorp Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | 4:53 PM ET

    US Bancorp is seeing huge options trading, both calls and puts — that appear to be linked. USB averages 24,000 calls per day, but some 30,000 calls changed hands Thursday in the first 45 minutes of trading alone. Puts are also well above normal levels.

  • Prep Your Portfolio For Surprise Stock Recovery Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | 2:40 PM ET

    Dan Genter thinks the markets may be bumping along the bottom until the end of this year or the beginning of 2010, but then, equities will be the place to be, and now is the time to get positioned.  He feels the framework for recovery is now being built.

  • Angry? Join Rick Santelli's Chicago Tea Party! Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | 2:09 PM ET

    Will the Obama Administration's plan to save the U.S. economy actually help the markets? Mega-investor Wilbur Ross Jr. says no. And CNBC's Rick Santelli

  • Priceline.com: What Options Are Saying Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | 1:27 PM ET

    Priceline is trading at a five-month high Thursday and drawing bullish options activity, after reporting quarterly earnings that exceeded Wall Street estimates.

  • A 'Truckload' Of Stock Picks Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | 12:25 PM ET

    The way Thomas Wadewitz sees it, it just might be time to load up a portfolio with trucking company stocks, and get ready to watch it move.  He thinks it's important to distinguish between the "truckload" carriers and the "less than truckload" (LTL) carriers.

  • Tech Stocks: 4 'High Quality' Picks Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | 10:48 AM ET

    The key word for the Henssler Equity Fund's Ted Parrish is "quality."  "We invest in high quality, and I think high quality is going to do well on the other side of all of this mess," he told CNBC. Specifically, Parrish likes large-cap technology companies.