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  • Options traders are bearish on State Street, trading January puts in heavy volume. The financial services firm has seen a daily average of 1,800 put contracts over the last 30 days, but 14,000 traded in just the first 90 minutes of the session...

  • Schwab, Zimmer Top Options Action Friday, 12 Dec 2008 | 10:49 AM ET

    Thursday was a busy day in options on Charles Schwab, according to Rebecca Darst of NYSE Euronext.  There was also wide-ranging options action among companies that make medical devices.

  • Fed Data Notes: Turmoil Swept US Economy Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 7:07 PM ET

    Numbers from the fed today demonstrated the turmoil that swept our ecoomy in the third quarter.

  • Options Action: Bullishness on Canadian Miner Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 3:56 PM ET

    Traders are bullish on mining company Silver Wheaton as precious metals move higher today.

  • Buy Energy and Healthcare Stocks: Strategist Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 3:36 PM ET

    Dan Genter at RNC Genter Capital Management said the bull market will return soon and it’s time for investors to start “brining their heads up out of the fox hole and start tiptoeing through the mine field” to buy into some sectors that have been beat up.

  • Stock Strategist:  Two Conservative Stocks for 2009 Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 2:20 PM ET

    The new year is still three weeks away, but Keith Wirtz of Fifth Third Asset Management has a couple of stocks he thinks investors ought to own in 2009.  Both are stocks of conservative companies he likes because of their fundamentals, and are likely to do well as the market recovers. 

  • Stock Analyst:  Go With Pharma, Blue Chips Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 12:22 PM ET

    Jamie Cox of Harris Financial Group is looking past the current "flight to quality" that has dropped Treasury yields so far, and saying where he thinks the money will be heading when it comes flying back.

  • Charts: Catch European Rally with These Stocks Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 6:17 AM ET

    The Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 is set for a year-end rally of up to 15 percent and investors can take advantage by picking up stocks like Aegon, Siemens and Heineken, technical analysts told CNBC.

  • Berkshire Hathaway's stake in Burlington Northern Santa Fe is up to 19.83 percent, after Warren Buffett's holding company bought 3.3 million additional shares on Monday and Tuesday.

  • Fortune's Top 10 Stocks For '09 Wednesday, 10 Dec 2008 | 4:58 PM ET

    Fortune Magazine is looking ahead to 2009 with a list of 10 promising stocks. Senior editor Leigh Gallagher says, "When markets return, they return in force. Usually, after a bear market, in the first nine months, the market goes up by an average of 32 percent, so if you wait, you risk missing big momentum."

  • Options Action: China's Ad Stock Frenzy Wednesday, 10 Dec 2008 | 3:23 PM ET

    Focus Media is seeing some heavy options trading as its stock spikes more than 20 percent Wednesday afternoon. Shares in the company, which operates an outdoor advertising network in China, were trading as low as $6.62 just Friday — but have gone as high as $9.18 today...

  • Pros Say: Commodities to Lead Big S&P Rally Wednesday, 10 Dec 2008 | 2:37 PM ET

    Murky signs: Markets had rallied Wednesday morning on the belief that an auto industry bailout was all but certain. But some GOP legislators are opposing the White House deal with congressional Democrats. A top analyst sees financials in critical condition until 2010, but a peer says he's been buying bank stocks and socking them away. And a CNBC guest said commodities are going to lead a 50% S&P rally.

  • Tech Stocks: One To Buy, One To Watch Wednesday, 10 Dec 2008 | 10:38 AM ET

    Michael Yoshikami of YCMNET Advisors has a couple of stocks he's keeping his eye on: one to continue watching, and one as a buying opportunity right now. The sector is technology.

  • Three Stocks With 'Real Growth Potential' Wednesday, 10 Dec 2008 | 10:17 AM ET

    Eric Schoenstein of the Jensen Portfolio says equities remain the best bet in the long run. His advice: "You've got to start thinking more clearly about fundamentals of businesses, quality businesses that have real growth potential, cash flow generation opportunities."

  • Wake up, No Such Thing as a Screaming Buy: CIO Wednesday, 10 Dec 2008 | 6:08 AM ET

    Bonds look more attractive than stocks in the current climate, as share prices may take another dive, and investors should worry about preserving the money they have rather than making any more, Hugh Hendry, chief investment officer and partner at Eclectica told CNBC.

  • Options Trading Boils on Infrastructure Buzz Tuesday, 9 Dec 2008 | 4:26 PM ET

    As construction-related names pick up steam with President-elect Obama's infrastructure plans, Century Aluminum is moving higher and seeing increased options activity.

  • Stock Picker: Time To Re-Board Financials Tuesday, 9 Dec 2008 | 11:46 AM ET

    Jeffery Harte of Sandler O'Neill says it's time for investors to stop shunning financials. See his top stock picks.

  • Options Trading: What's Driving Seagate Up? Monday, 8 Dec 2008 | 6:28 PM ET

    Seagate Technology saw major upside action in options Monday, as its shares rose more than 14 percent. Call volume in afternoon trading was FIVE times the average flow of 3,400!

  • Dow Gains 3.5% but Ends Below 9,000 Monday, 8 Dec 2008 | 5:09 PM ET

    Stocks advanced Monday, but ended off session highs, as hopes for an auto bailout and action by world governments helped offset the grim reality of a fresh wave of layoffs.

  • Four Food Stocks to Nourish Your Portfolio Monday, 8 Dec 2008 | 3:42 PM ET

    Christopher Growe, managing director at Stifel Nicolaus told CNBC he sees a few “tasty” food stocks that will help boost portfolios. Here are his top four picks.