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  • Picker: Buy Consumer Stocks (Carefully) Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | 12:03 PM ET

    Jack Ablin says consumer stocks are viable, but they must be picked carefully. "We've divided the consumer market into areas that consumers can buy with cash, versus areas that consumers need financing to buy," the chief investment officer of Harris Private Bank told CNBC.  "Clearly, anything that needs financing to buy is out."

  • Commodity Picks for the Brave Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | 7:11 AM ET

    For brave investors getting back into stocks, Juerg Zingg, managing partner at Q Investments, says that Xstrata, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton are smart bets in the basic resource sector; while oil services companies like Fugro, Seadrill and Noble Corp. are attractive; and refiners such as Valero and Petroplus look good.

  • Futures Gyrate, Mergers Off Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | 5:59 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures were mixed Thursday as the possibilty of global interest rates at zero increased and deals both broke down and reemerged.

  • Stocks End Lower Amid Fed Fatigue Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | 6:21 PM ET

    Stocks briefly popped into positive territory before resuming their descent amid waning enthusiasm for the Fed's near-zero target rate.

  • Stock Picker: My Recession Sectors Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | 2:51 PM ET

    Cozad Asset Management's Ron Kiddoo says stock-market investing is a tricky business, particularly because of the timing — but he thinks the time has come to get involved in some specific sectors.

  • Hot Options Trading: Commodity ETFs Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | 2:41 PM ET

    The options volumes on commodity ETFs are crazy busy Wednesday. The GLD exchange traded fund, which is designed to reflect the price of gold bullion, is seeing some 90,000 contracts change hands against average daily turnover of 53,000. Also: Options action on crude oil, silver and gold mining ETFs!

  • Video: Money May 'Flood' These Sectors! Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | 11:57 AM ET

    Stock markets are backsliding on "Fed fatigue" — but strategists Jim O'Shaughnessy and Jim Herrell told CNBC that certain sectors are going to be "flooded" with money in the wake of the Fed decision.

  • BlackRock's Doll: Buy More Risk! Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | 11:12 AM ET

    BlackRock vice chairman and global chief investment officer of equities Bob Doll says it's time to re-introduce risk into portfolios.

  • Stocks Slide Amid Fed Fatigue, Morgan Loss Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | 10:26 AM ET

    Stocks opened lower Wednesday as enthusiasm about the Federal Reserve's near-zero target rate waned and worries about how long and how deep the recession will be were reignited.

  • Futures Retreat, Hit By Big Morgan Loss Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | 8:17 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures fell Wednesday, when enthusiasm about the Federal Reserve's near-zero target rate waned and worries about how long and how deep the recession will be were reignited.

  • Pros Say: H1 Will Be 'Horrific' — But Fed Isn't Done Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 6:17 PM ET

    Some of the bad news Tuesday was "less worse" than many feared: Goldman Sachs reported its first quarterly loss since going public — but the $2.1 billion loss was much narrower than many had feared and Goldman shares rose as much as 11 percent. Stocks soared on the Federal Reserve rate-cut decision and options trading looks bullish on Boeing. CNBC heard from experts who predict a massive OPEC cut and more Fed moves to come.

  • Options Trading: Bullish on Aerospace! Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 1:04 PM ET

    Boeing is seeing heavy options activity Tuesday, mostly on the call side. BA's 20-day average volume is 16,400 options daily, but this morning 26,000 contracts traded in the first 45 minutes alone. As the stock is up some 3 percent to about $40 at midday, calls outnumber puts by a margin of 15,000 to 11,900.

  • Four Stock Picks From a 5-Star Survivor Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 11:39 AM ET

    We know all too well about the victims of the market's recent misfortunes, but what about those who have survived — and even thrived?  Count Tom Forester and his five-star Forester Value Fund among those. 

  • Stock Picker: Buy Like a 'Kid In a Candy Store' Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 11:17 AM ET

    Steven Leuthold says investors are now faced with the best opportunities in 46 years.  "We're down in the low 6, 7 percent of historical valuations, when we look at P/Es," the founder and chairman of Leuthold Weeden Capital Management told CNBC.  "To me, it's like a kid in a candy store!  We've got values all over here for people that are patient."

  • Video: Are ETFs Too Dangerous? Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 5:09 PM ET

    Mike O'Rourke, chief market strategist at BTIG Bass Trading, and Scott Burns, equity analyst at Morningstar, discuss whether certain exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are exacerbating market volatility.

  • Stocks Close Lower on Bank, Tech Worries Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 4:25 PM ET
    The New York Stock Exchange, downtown Manhattan.

    Stocks closed lower amid worries about bank earnings and weak consumer spending on tech.

  • Options Trading Points to Steel Merger Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 3:57 PM ET

    Another day, another rumor that AK Steel is going to be taken over. While we have no information that can confirm or deny the interest, we do note unusually high options activity.

  • Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley report quarterly earnings this week. What's the story going forward for these financial giants? David Trone of Fox-Pitt offered his insights to CNBC.

  • Options Swirl Around This Downgraded Bank Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 1:07 PM ET

    Puts are trading heavily in shares of Marshall & Ilsley on Monday, after downgrades on the financial services firm.

  • Futures Hurt by Poor Manufacturing Picture Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 8:49 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures were mixed as contradictory information on a bailout package for troubled automakers were making investors nervous.

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