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  • 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.

  • Which Bank Has Options Traders Running Scared? Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | 10:31 AM ET

    Wells Fargo drew heavy put activity yesterday (Wednesday), as its stock hit a new 52-week low in intraday trading. By midafternoon more than 460,000 contracts had changed hands, more than twice the 20-day average volume...

  • 3 Stocks with Big Buy Signals Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | 8:17 AM ET

    Despite the volatile markets, charts indicate that TNT, Imtech, and DSM are all attractive buying opportunities, GeertJan Nikken said Wednesday.

  • Options Hate This Oil & Gas Driller Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009 | 3:59 PM ET

    With less than three days to go before expiration, the puts are exploding in February options for Nabors Industries.

  • A 'Good, Old-Fashioned' Tech Stock Pick Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009 | 1:22 PM ET

    Making money in stocks is difficult these days — but not impossible, according to Ron Sloan of the AIM Charter Fund. Sloan takes issue with those who say valuation is the name of the game.

  • Cramer Who? Strategist Tells Why He's Sticking w/ Buffett Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009 | 11:48 AM ET

    Warren Buffett has some detractors these days, even some highly-regarded detractors. Mike Holland is not among them. The chairman of Holland & Co. thinks the Oracle of Omaha has been trading very shrewdly recently.

  • Pros Say: Markets in 'Bottoming Process' Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 | 6:15 PM ET

    Tuesday: President Obama signed the $787 billion economic stimulus bill into law, as governments around the world consider their own actions. But global markets plunged on fears of a deepening recession; Chrysler asked the U.S. for $2 billion more in loans and General Motors is widely expected to follow suit. Investors are fleeing to bonds and gold-backed securities. CNBC heard from experts who warned that the March "bear market bull" won't happen — but that we are, indeed, in a "bottoming process."

  • Consumer Staples: Buying The Big Guns Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 | 4:44 PM ET

    Matt King is bullish on consumer staples, and his interest encompasses manufacturing as well as retailing.  He's very specific about which part of the sector to invest in.