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  • Bob Doll on 2009: Bottoming, then Recovering Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | 2:13 PM ET

    Bob Doll has made a dozen predictions for the economy in 2009, and, along the way, revealed what sectors he especially likes in the new year.

  • Options Traders Jumping On This Software Maker Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | 1:58 PM ET

    Adobe Systems is up nearly 5 percent Tuesday — and continues to see call activity. The call buying began around a week ago, when we reported volume approaching four times the daily average for the maker of Photostop, Flash, and other popular software. Today, trading continued to surge...

  • Three Housing Stock Picks — And 5 Pans Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | 11:47 AM ET

    The promise of an Obama stimulus package has raised hopes that the battered housing sector will soon stabilize. That's encouraged investors to buy home builder stocks — but Ivy Zelman of Zelman and Associates warns investors to be very selective.

  • Japanese Auto Stocks to Survive: Fitch Strategist Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | 11:26 AM ET

    Tatsuya Mizuno, director of corporates at Fitch Ratings, predicts that the global automobile industry will remain weak for another two to three years. But he sees one somewhat bright spot amid the sector gloom.

  • The Party's Over: Stocks Snap Winning Streak Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | 4:36 PM ET

    Stocks snapped a three-day winning streak Monday as traders cashed in some of their chips from last week's rally following some dismal reports on the telecom and financial sectors.

  • Options Traders Bet on 3 Casino Stocks Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | 2:45 PM ET

    Options trading is active in three major casino stocks that have all seen large double-digit gains in the last few days.

  • Stocks Trade Mixed, Helped by Auto Sales Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | 2:16 PM ET

    Stocks turned mixed Monday, the second day of trading in the new year, as a construction report came in much better than expected, as did U.S. auto sales. Stocks started off the day sharply lower as investors cashed in some of their chips after last week's rally that pushed the Dow up more than 6 percent and past the key 9,000 mark.

  • Options Action: Seizing Calls as NatGas Shares Jump Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | 1:34 PM ET

    MarkWest Energy is up nearly 17 percent and has attracted the attention of options traders. Traders have been buying calls for the last week in natural gas company, which is near its highs of the session at $11.10 at midday. The January 10 calls are trading at $1.20.

  • Strategist: Stimulus Will Rock These 4 Stocks Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | 12:36 PM ET

    RidgeWorth Capital Management's Alan Gayle thinks it's time to move up the risk gauge — in both stocks and bonds.

  • Stocks Pare Losses After Construction Report Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | 10:44 AM ET

    Stocks declined Monday, the second day of trading in the new year, after a rally last week that pushed the Dow up more than 6 percent and past the key 9,000 mark. A report that showed construction spending fell by half of what was expected helped shave some of the loss.

  • Futures Fall As Auto Sales Figures Loom Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | 9:08 AM ET

    Wall Street looked set to open lower in the second day of trading of the year after Friday's rebound, with investors expected to take some profits following the Dow's rise to more than 9,000.

  • W-Shaped Recovery More Likely: Strategist Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | 7:07 AM ET

    A W-shaped recovery is more likely than a V-shaped one this year, and stocks look relatively attractive compared to other asset classes such as bonds, Juerg Zingg, managing partner at Q Investments, told CNBC.

  • Dow Tops 9,000 Amid New Year Optimism Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 5:51 PM ET

    Stocks rebounded Friday as investors displayed some optimism for the new year, scooping up bargains in the consumer discretionary and energy sectors. The Dow ended above 9,000 for the first time since early November.

  • Stocks Slide as Santa Rally Remains Elusive Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 5:48 PM ET

    Stocks skidded as the unraveling of one of the biggest deals this year overshadowed gains in the energy sector.

  • Dow Breaches 9,000 Amid New Year Optimism Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 5:35 PM ET

    Stocks rebounded Friday, pushing the Dow above the key 9,000 mark as investors rang in the new year with optimism, scooping up bargains.

  • Stock Picker:  Building On Infrastructure Plays Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 3:54 PM ET

    There's been a lot of talk about infrastructure plays in the stock market, with President-elect Barack Obama's campaign pledge for a build-out.  The new President takes office in less than three weeks, and chief investment officer Randy Bateman of Huntington Funds has some infrastructure investment ideas you may not have considered.

  • Stock Picker: Playing Wireless in China Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 3:53 PM ET

    Think of infrastructure, and you probably think about bridges and highways, but Jeff Markunas of the RidgeWorth Large Cap Core Equity Fund will remind you that wireless is also infrastructure, and China is involved in a big wireless build-out.

  • Stock Picker: Home-Entertainment Plays Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 1:06 PM ET

    "During the `30s, during the Depression, they all went to the movies," Alan Valdes of Hilliard Lyons told CNBC.  "We still like entertainment and leisure, but this time, we think they're going to stay at home."  So how does he play the stay-at-home entertainment market?

  • Stock Picker: Energy and Small-Cap Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 1:04 PM ET

    Plunging oil prices have not scared Eric Cinnamond away from energy stocks.  In fact, 17 percent of his equity portfolio is now energy; six months ago, there were no energy stocks in it.  He's also big on small-cap stocks.

  • Dow Jumps 100 Amid New Year Optimism Friday, 2 Jan 2009 | 12:46 PM ET

    Stocks rebounded Friday, led by consumer discretionary and energy, after a quick dip triggered by an ISM report that showed manufacturing activity at a 28-year low.