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  • Fund Manager: Buy Small Cap Consumer(!) Stocks Monday, 9 Feb 2009 | 12:19 PM ET

    Bill McVail of the Turner Small Cap Growth Fund thinks size matters, and offers some strong arguments for riding out of the recession with a portfolio full of small-cap stocks.  "We think the consumer is going to start doing better in 2009 and 2010," he told CNBC.  "We're focusing more on the restaurants and the retailers; we think the stimulus package will get them going sooner."

  • Stock, Options Veer in One Giant 'Bank' Monday, 9 Feb 2009 | 10:39 AM ET

    As Wall Street speculates about whether former investment banks will give back TARP money, Goldman Sachs rose in overnight trading after seeing heavy stock and options volume during Friday regular session.

  • What's With Ambac's Weird Options Action? Friday, 6 Feb 2009 | 3:01 PM ET

    Ambac Financial Group is seeing unusual options activity Friday, as its shares rise 17 percent on the day. Here's why the options action got our attention...

  • Food Stocks: Time to Buy the Cream Friday, 6 Feb 2009 | 2:08 PM ET

    Is it time for investors to feast on food stocks?  David Palmer thinks that's a reasonable assumption. "They're a decent place to be," the UBS senior restaurant analyst told CNBC. "Input costs are coming off their highs; certainly, people have to eat, so, as people look for cheaper calories, (packaged food companies) should be doing OK."

  • Expansionary Stocks For a Recessionary Economy Friday, 6 Feb 2009 | 10:37 AM ET

    Cozad Asset Management's Ron Kiddoo thinks there's an upside to the downside. "I think we're facing a recessionary economy, so we would look at recessionary stocks, such as in health care and consumer staples," he told CNBC. "Perhaps a little bit in the industrial sector..."

  • Five Retail Stock Winners — Rockers, Kids & Babies Friday, 6 Feb 2009 | 10:20 AM ET

    It's the kind of retail market that separates the sheep from the goats, and JPMorgan's Brian Tunick thinks the sheep can give investors quite a feast.

  • Options: Barrick Gets Bullish, Centex On A Run Friday, 6 Feb 2009 | 7:35 AM ET

    Barrick Gold is seeing bullish options activity as the price of gold rose for the second straight day and stayed above $900.

  • Fertilizer Co. Share Spike Driving Options Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 6:20 PM ET

    Fertilizer company Mosaic gained more than 6 percent and is attracting some call buying Thursday, ahead of appearances at two major investor conferences in coming weeks.

  • Stocks Rise as Bank Hopes Gain Traction Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 4:52 PM ET

    Stocks eked out a gain after a rough morning as banks got a boost from market chatter that the government may suspend a controversial accounting rule blamed for much of the contagion in the financial industry.

  • Stock Picker Finds Surprises In Store(s) Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 4:25 PM ET

    Better-than-expected January sales lifted the market out of the doldrums on Thursday, and, in the retail sector, Citi Investment Research's Deborah Weinswig has some favorites to recommend to stock-market investors.

  • Dow Chem Attracting Options Attention Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 3:22 PM ET

    Dow Chemical is seeing strong call activity despite a posting a weak earnings report yesterday. Early Thursday, traders bought some 10,700 calls at the February 12.40 strike, which quickly rose in price from $0.20 to $0.35. Many of those calls (DOWBV) were bought in blocks as large as 2,448 contracts each

  • Options Traders Bet on Semiconductor Stocks Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 11:19 AM ET

    Semiconductor stocks have been trying to break to higher levels — and options traders appear optimistic that they will succeed. Take the Semiconductor HOLDRS (SMH) ETF, for instance...

  • Options Traders See Regional Bank Death Spiral Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 10:53 AM ET

    Fifth Third Bancorp is attracting heavy call activity as it reaches new 52-week lows. FITB is but a shadow of its $28.58 high from last March, dropping 70 percent last month alone and closing yesterday only a nickel above its new $1.74 low. That was enough to draw options traders, as calls outnumbered puts by 10,000 to 1,700.

  • Avoid Colruyt, Ahold; Buy Wal-Mart Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 10:48 AM ET

    Investors should move their money from a couple of big European names to the world's biggest retailer, according to GeertJan Nikken, a technical analyst at Rabobank.

  • Shopping For Teen Retailers' Stocks Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 10:46 AM ET

    Laura Champine, senior retail analyst for Cowen & Co., has been at the mall, shopping for good retailers, and she's got some very definite ideas about the few positive trends out there.

  • Disney's Tragic Kingdom Wednesday, 4 Feb 2009 | 4:55 PM ET

    The company's stock had made a bold effort - easily among the best performing media stocks in the past year. But the last quarter was the first full one since the economy fell off a cliff, and the Magic Kingdom is now facing reality.

  • Caterpillar Options Spike on Share Movement Wednesday, 4 Feb 2009 | 3:36 PM ET

    Caterpillar is seeing heavy options activity as its stock trades moderately higher Wednesday. Calls outnumber puts by a 3-1 ratio and are concentrated at the February 33 strike, where contracts were bought for $0.77, $0.80, and $0.81. Some May 40 calls also traded for $0.88, according to OptionMonster's real-time tracking systems.

  • Sectors To Like, Sectors To Shun Wednesday, 4 Feb 2009 | 1:35 PM ET

    Corporate earnings reports are living up — or down — to expectations.  That's good, according to CastleArk Management's Jerry Castellini. He's enthusiastic about some stock sectors, especially for the long run.

  • Options Action Targets Micron After Patent Case Ruling Wednesday, 4 Feb 2009 | 1:07 PM ET

    Traders were buying calls in Micron Technology for the second day in a row right after the opening bell Wednesday, following a federal court ruling in California that halted a patent infringement case brought by rival Rambus.

  • Robot Surgery Co. Shares Climb on M&A Talk Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | 2:06 PM ET

    Intuitive Surgical has rallied more than $20 in the last five sessions since we cited unusual buying of stock and options in the company. The sharp rise has taken place amid persistant takeover rumors involving Johnson & Johnson and the robotic surgery giant.