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  • The Options Play on Yamana Gold Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 12:42 PM ET

    The price of Yamana Gold has followed in the general trend of the metal itself, but the stock is up more than 100 percent over the last 2.5 months. One trader is using the options to try to ride that move up...

  • Options Trade Bets Against Medical Device Maker Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 12:25 PM ET

    Boston Scientific is fighting to break out of its recent trading range as a large block of puts changes hands. BSX opened today by more than 2 percent from its close of $7.60 yesterday... The put activity coincides with a company setback in its protracted court battle with Johnson & Johnson.

  • Stock Picker: Old Reliables for the New Year Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 11:26 AM ET

    With a year of certain uncertainty now under way, Peter Andersen looks to reliability as a theme for stock-market investors.  "I would say the motto for 2009 is, 'Stick with the staples,'" the Congress Asset Management portfolio manager told CNBC.  "We're looking at solid, large-cap companies that have very strong dividends."

  • Governors: What Obama Should Do For Economy Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 10:23 AM ET

    As President-elect Barack Obama plans heads into office in a few short days, the nation's governors discuss their key economic concerns in their states—including unemployment and the stimulus package—and what the new president should do to relieve some of the fears of this struggling economy.

  • Futures Rally on Bailout Optimism Friday, 16 Jan 2009 | 8:14 AM ET

    Futures rallied on the back of the Bank of America bailout Friday, with investors hoping the government will do all in its power to save big institutions from collapsing.

  • Options Traders Feed on Software Firm's Woes Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | 4:28 PM ET

    Autodesk is down more than 11 percent Thursday on news of job cuts and lower revenues than expected, and options traders are betting that it will fall even further, with only one day left before January contracts expire.

  • Four Hot Stocks in Four Diverse Sectors Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | 11:47 AM ET

    Paul Noglows, director of research at Lazard Capital Markets, suggested four stock picks in four different sectors that will see growth over the year.

  • Stock Picker: Think Big Caps, Small Banks (Pt. 1) Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | 11:09 AM ET

    Ted Parrish runs the four-star rated Henssler Equity Fund, and he thinks it's time to buy stocks. He's inclined to prefer large-cap stocks, except in one area. "The only area that might be a little different is probably financials," Parrish told CNBC. "I think the regional banks, the smaller banks, are maybe in a better position at this point." (PART ONE)

  • Stock Picker: Think Big Caps, Small Banks (Pt. 2) Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | 11:05 AM ET

    Ted Parrish runs the four-star rated Henssler Equity Fund, and he thinks it's time to buy stocks. He's inclined to prefer large-cap stocks, except in one area. "The only area that might be a little different is probably financials," Parrish told CNBC. "I think the regional banks, the smaller banks, are maybe in a better position at this point." (PART TWO)

  • Welcome to Our Show Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 8:30 PM ET

    I'm Max Meyers, the senior producer of a new program called "Options Action," and if the rehearsals are any indication, I think you will find the show both fun and informative.

  • Contrarian Play: Options Action Bets on Giant ETF Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 12:51 PM ET

    Shares in a key Brazil exchange traded fund are down about 7 percent on the day — but the options action is looking for upside. The iShare Brazil exchange traded fund is down to $33.47 on the day, while it was up above $40 a week ago. Shares remain more than 65 percent off their May 2008 high.

  • Clean & Efficient: Stocks For The Coming Power Grid Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 11:43 AM ET

    Alex Kurtz of Merriman Curhan Ford thinks green — and thinks green is smart. "We see this as a massive investment opportunity over the next three to five years," he told CNBC. "These are not science experiments in the clean-tech space; this is really about installing the backbone for the next generation of energies that are coming online."

  • Stock Picker: Buy This Diversified Portfolio (Pt. 1) Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 11:00 AM ET

    An investment strategy in a single word? Edward Lewis of Atlantic Equities thinks the word is "diversity." "I wouldn't be putting (my money) in one sector," Lewis told CNBC. "My concern is that visibility is very tough."

  • Stock Picker: Buy This Diversified Portfolio (Pt. 2) Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 10:59 AM ET

    An investment strategy in a single word? Edward Lewis of Atlantic Equities thinks the word is "diversity." "I wouldn't be putting (my money) in one sector," Lewis told CNBC. "My concern is that visibility is very tough."

  • Stock Picker: Buy These Before the Turn Wednesday, 14 Jan 2009 | 10:34 AM ET

    There's no getting around it: There's scarce evidence that the economy is getting any better. But Dan Fitzpatrick, president of Stockmarket Mentor, insists it's time to get back into the market.

  • Dow Falls for 5th Day Amid Earnings Gloom Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 4:56 PM ET

    Stocks ended mixed Tuesday as tech and oil stocks were buoyed by bargain hunting, but the undercurrent of earnings worry took down the Dow.

  • Biotech Shares, Options Spike on Lilly Deal Talk Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 1:40 PM ET

    Shares in biotech company Dendreon have spiked, along with options trading — amid rumors involving some kind of deal with Eli Lilly. Call volume in DNDN was hot this morning in the first 30 minutes alone, as 6,700 calls traded against 1,000 puts. Dendreon is scheduled to present Thursday at a major health care conference held by JPMorgan in San Francisco this week...

  • Stock Picker: Buy Now For the Recovery Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 1:18 PM ET

    It's time for the business world to get back to business, according to Neil Hennessy of Hennessy Funds.  Since that now seems to be happening, he has a couple of recommendations for stock-market investors.

  • Stocks Are Mixed as Techs, Oils Gain Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 11:29 AM ET

    Stocks wobbled Tuesday, paring some gains, though the tech-heavy Nasdaq remained higher.

  • Alcoa, Citi Hit Futures; Bernanke Helps Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 9:17 AM ET

    Jitters about dismal corporate earnings were confirmed after the bell Monday, when Alcoa kicked off the reporting season with a wider-than-expected loss, sending stock index futures lower Tuesday morning.