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  • Dow Retreats After Quick Jobs-Relief Pop Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 11:38 AM ET

    The Dow opened higher Friday amid a giant sigh of relief in the market that only half a million jobs were lost in December. Market buzz had indicated the number could be as high as a million.

  • Stock Picker: Wait For Growth, Buy the Dividends Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 10:31 AM ET

    The unemployment rate is at 7.2 percent, that's just for openers, and investors should plan accordingly, according to Michael Yoshikami of YCMNET Advisors.  He feels portfolios should be built on shares of companies with safe dividend returns, because those waiting for growth are going to wait a long time.

  • Stock Picker: Sectors To Ride Out the Recession Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 10:29 AM ET

    No getting around it: Things are bad and likely to get worse, and investors must position their portfolios accordingly. Recovery may be coming eventually, but investment dollars do need a home in the meantime.

  • Futures Turn Higher After Jobs Report Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 8:54 AM ET

    The Dow turned higher after the December jobs report came in as expected, that is to say that more than half a million jobs were lost in December. Market buzz had indicated the number could be as high as a million.

  • Stocks End Mixed Ahead of Jobs Report Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 4:21 PM ET

    Stocks ended mixed as dismal December retail sales — notably from discount giant Wal-Mart — offset strength in techs, led by Microsoft.

  • Options Action: Play On Bio Tech Firm Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 3:27 PM ET

    Elan is seeing extremely heavy options activity as its stock moves higher. So far today 54,000 calls are trading against 18,000 puts, which amounts to 16 times the average turnover in December, according to OptionMonster's tracking systems

  • Stocks Pare Losses, Helped by Microsoft Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 2:57 PM ET

    Stocks took a hit from weak December retail sales — even from some of the biggest discount names — but trimmed losses arround midday as strength from Microsoft helped push the Nasdaq into positive territory.

  • Analyst Still Sees Some Bright Spots in Retail Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 2:13 PM ET

    Despite dismal December chain store sales numbers, Kimberly Greenberger, retail analyst at Citi, told CNBC's investors to prepare their portfolios accordingly as retail stocks will make a turnaround in 2009.

  • Hunting For Value in Consumer Staples Stocks Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 10:56 AM ET

    Will Nasgovitz, portfolio manager of Hartland Advisors told CNBC he sees a few consumer staples stocks that will help boost portfolios.

  • Wal-Mart Hits Stocks; Microsoft Boosts Tech Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 10:51 AM ET

    Weaker-than-expected December numbers from Wal-Mart sent stock futures sharply lower as retailers overall painted a bleak picture of holiday sales.

  • Stock Picker:  Small Caps, Big Deal Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 10:26 AM ET

    David Sowerby is big on small-caps.  The chief portfolio manager at Loomis Sayles says they've been outperforming the S&P 500 since the market bottomed last fall, and he has some appropriate names for investors to consider now.

  • Stock Picker:  Picks Over Troubled Water Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 9:42 AM ET

    Talk about infrastructure, and people think about highways and bridges. Another big part of the infrastructure picture is the water those bridges cross, and in the updating of America's water-supply system that must take place, there are opportunities for investment.

  • Weak Wal-Mart Sales Send Futures Lower Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 9:10 AM ET

    Weaker-than-expected December numbers from Wal-Mart sent stock futures sharply lower as retailers overall painted a bleak picture of holiday sales.

  • Dow Drops 245 as Profit Warnings Rattle Market Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 4:37 PM ET

    Stocks logged their worst loss in about a month Wednesday amid some dismal predictions on the jobs front and as profit warnings started to roll in.

  • Dow Sheds Over 200, Led by Alcoa, Intel Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 3:28 PM ET

    Stocks fell sharply Wednesday amid more dismal news on the employment front as Alcoa announced huge job cuts and Intel slashed its revenue forecast.

  • Novellus Shares, Options Boil on Takeover Rumors Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 3:26 PM ET

    Novellus is seeing strong call activity — even though its shares are trading lower as takeover rumors are circulating on the trading floors. More than 7,000 calls traded against 575 puts this morning, dwarfing the average December call volume of 810 contracts per day. Volume was also heavy in the NVLS shares themselves.

  • Alcoa, Intel Drag on Dow as Jobs Report Looms Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 2:10 PM ET

    Stocks fell sharply Wednesday amid more dismal news on the employment front as Alcoa announced huge job cuts and Intel slashed its revenue forecast.

  • Stock Picker: Low Prices, High Quality — Buy Now! Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 12:42 PM ET

    Jeff Auxier of Auxier Asset Management will tell you a time of trouble for good companies is a good time for investors to buy their shares. "For a long-term investor, it's a great opportunity to buy mis-appraised companies," he told CNBC.

  • Play the Change from Momentum to Valuation Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 10:49 AM ET

    Rafael Resendes of the Toreador Large Cap Value Fund sees the stock market changing from a momentum-driven market to a valuation-driven one. He names a number of stocks that he feels are very well positioned.

  • Futures Pounded by Dismal Jobs Outlook Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 8:29 AM ET

    Stock futures stumbled on more dismal news on the employment front, with a Dow component announcing severe cuts and separate reports painting a dismal picture of the broader economy.