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  • Stocks Tick Higher on Last Day of '08 Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 11:24 AM ET

    Will Santa squeak in a rally before the ball drops? Early moves suggest it could happen: Stocks continued to rise Tuesday, adding to the more than 2-percent gain logged on Wednesday.

  • What Options Traders Are Saying About Adobe Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 10:46 AM ET

    Adobe Systems is down more than 51 percent this year — but is seeing huge call activity. The average daily call volume is 3,300, but Tuesday the software maker saw more than 12,000 contracts trade at the February 22.50 strike alone (AEQBX), most of them for $1, according to OptionMonster's tracking systems.

  • Futures Jump on Drop in Jobless Claims Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 8:36 AM ET

    Futures turned higher Wednesday after a report showed a sharp drop in jobless claims last week.

  • Crescenzi: My Top 10 Investment Themes for '09 Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 5:09 PM ET
    Tony Crescenzi

    If you haven’t been able to tell by now, I like to write. Look no further than my three books for proof. I seek to raise awareness of important issues, always trying to strike themes that investors can act on. I do this from a macro perspective, from the top-down — the subject of my latest book, Investing from the Top Down. Here are my top 10 'Top-Down' investing themes for 2009.

  • Stocks Rally 2% on Auto Bailout, Tech Gains Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 5:06 PM ET

    Stocks rallied to the finish line as investors shrugged off a drop in consumer confidence and cheered the bailout of General Motors' finance arm.

  • Stocks to Buy Now for a Longer Horizon Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 3:42 PM ET

    Got a few years on your investment time horizon?  John Buckingham, chief portfolio manager for Al Frank Asset Management, has a few stocks to recommend.

  • Options Traders Spooked by Mining Company Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 3:11 PM ET

    Global mining company Anglo American is seeing heavy call action Tuesday after announcing that it would cut 2009 spending programs by more than 50 percent.

  • Stock Picker: There's a Rally Very Soon! Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 11:38 AM ET

    Jack Hough is so convinced that the stock market is ready to rally that he's written a book about it, Your Next Great Stock.  So what's behind his enthusiasm?

  • Stock Picker: Pick Up the Gold Bars! Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 10:48 AM ET

    Bill Spiropoulos of CoreStates Capital Advisors thinks investors should be buying stocks right now. Actually, he doesn't just think. He insists.

  • Stocks Jump on News of GMAC Bailout Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 10:02 AM ET

    Stocks rebounded Tuesday as investors cheered the bailout of General Motors' finance arm.

  • Futures Rise on Year-End Rally Hope Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 7:18 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street Tuesday, after ending down on Monday, with investors still hoping for a last rally in the final days of the year.

  • Pros Say for 2009: Banks Will Start Lending Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008 | 2:46 AM ET

    For most investors, the best thing about 2009 is that it isn't 2008, as one analyst pointed out. CNBC experts share their predictions for the year to come as the world goes through the worst recession in generations.

  • Stocks Slide as Santa Rally Remains Elusive Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | 4:19 PM ET

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

  • Stock Picker: Casino Companies? You Bet! Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | 2:25 PM ET

    After eight years of winning, the high-rolling casino gambling business rolled snake eyes this year, but Dennis Forst of KeyBanc Capital Markets still has his eyes on some promising investments in the field.

  • Options Traders Hot For Oil & Gas Player Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | 2:20 PM ET

    Linn Energy is up more than 17 percent Monday and seeing heavy options activity after a favorable article published this weekend. More than 4,000 calls traded this morning at the January 15 strike price, eight times the 20-day average volume for all put and call contracts daily.

  • Energy Stocks Rise Amid Mideast Turmoil Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | 11:42 AM ET

    Stocks declined Monday as many investors were still away on holiday in this typically low-volume week between Christmas and New Year's.

  • Stock Picker: Old Cars, New Opportunity Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | 10:44 AM ET

    Detroit's nightmare could be a dream come true for auto-repair stocks, according to Anthony Cristello of BB&T Capital Markets.

  • Dr. Doom: Short Treasurys, Buy Hard Assets Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | 8:34 AM ET

    The editor and publisher of the "Gloom, Boom, and Doom Report" says the best place for investments these days is in hard assets, but he has some suggestions for stock-market investors, too.

  • Futures Rise Slightly in Low Volume Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | 8:09 AM ET

    U.S. stock market futures pointed to a slightly higher open for Wall Street as many investors were still away and with thin trading in Europe and Asia.

  • Top Picks: Education, Energy, Infrastructure Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | 7:54 AM ET

    As we end a rather nasty 2008 and head into a new year that doesn't hold much optimism, Jared Levy, senior market specialist at Financial Markets Education sees investment potential in education, infrastructure and energy.