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  • The Big Business of Avatar Friday, 18 Dec 2009 | 10:03 AM ET
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    With Avatar opening at 12:01 am on Friday, everyone's waiting to see if the much-anticipated movie lives up to the hype, and how it performs at the box office. I got a sneak preview last week -- it certainly didn't disappoint me -- I was particularly wowed by the intricate, beautiful world James Cameron creates -- but we'll see if the live action-computer generated 3-D hybrid pulls everyone else in.

  • 'Avatar' Builds Box Office Buzz Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 5:06 PM ET
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    "Avatar" is easily the most highly anticipated 3-D film ever, if not the most long awaited film ever, as James Cameron worked on it for nine years.

  • With Restaurants Yet to Recover, Panera Stands Out Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 2:50 PM ET
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    The economic downturn has dealt a pretty harsh blow to the restaurant industry, with both the total number of diners and the amount each customer spends declining. Panera Bread has bucked the trend, showing gains in both customer traffic and transactions throughout the economic downturn.

  • Dogs of the Dow Look Better in 2010: Stock Strategist Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 12:34 PM ET

    2009's Dogs of the Dow—the top 10 Dow stocks whose dividend is the highest fraction of their price—failed to beat the market this year. So will the same be true in 2010? Paul Hickey, co-founder of Bespoke Investment Group, shared his view.

  • Cramer: Why You Should NOT Buy Bonds Right Now Tuesday, 15 Dec 2009 | 6:20 PM ET

    Because there are too many good reasons to buy stocks.

  • Cramer: 10 Stocks to Buy Your Kids in 2010 Monday, 14 Dec 2009 | 4:57 PM ET
    There's nothing more gratifying than seeing your child's face light up when you give them the perfect present for the holidays. Oh wait, yes there is: Seeing them succeed throughout their whole life! And guess how you make that happen? You teach your kids about money and investing as young as possible, Cramer says. The earlier you start, the better off they will be. So, this year, instead of buying your kid the hottest toy that's going to make her friends drool, consider giving the gift that cou

    So, this year, instead of buying your kid the hottest toy that's going to make her friends drool, consider giving the gift that could keep on giving – stocks!

  • U.S. Markets Finish Week Mixed, Dollar Strengthens Friday, 11 Dec 2009 | 5:07 PM ET

    U.S. stocks finished the week mixed to flat, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average posting modest gains on Friday, following stronger-than expected retail sales and a boost in consumer confidence early this month.   

  • The 'Avatar' Buzz is Building Friday, 11 Dec 2009 | 3:46 PM ET
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    The first reviews of James Cameron's "Avatar" are out and the buzz is building. Despite some early questionable talk about the huge-budget film—20th Century Fox says it cost around $300 million, some reports put the budget much higher—it's now on track to be an enormous hit.

  • The big banks have rebounded very strongly since the early March lows and investors are trying to see if the trend will continue into 2010. Fred Cannon, co-director of research and chief equity strategist at KBW shared his outlook on the sector.

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    Big financial institutions that have survived government bailouts, as well as regional banks that swallowed weaker rivals, are best-positioned to succeed in 2010, according to a Keefe, Bruyette & Woods.

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    Recessions tend to be a boom time for franchising, as the unemployed unleash their entrepreneurial spirit and start their own businesses. But the depth of this recession and a lack of credit has the number of franchised businesses shrinking this year.

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    The downgrade of Greece's credit rating gave pause to the "risk trade" and could send even more buyers into the relative safety of Treasurys through year end.

  • Stocks Drop On Global Double Dip Concerns Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009 | 6:18 PM ET

    The S&P closed lower on Tuesday as negative developments in global credit markets rekindled interest in the dollar, which in turn took down the commodities trade.

  • Dow Sheds 1% Amid Recovery Worries Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009 | 5:13 PM ET
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    Stocks skidded Tuesday as disappointing reports from McDonald's, 3M and Kroger offset an earnings beat from FedEx. Gains in the dollar also weighed on the market.

  • Fast Money's Whale Watching Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009 | 2:52 PM ET
    Attention landlubbers, it’s time to go whale watching – Fast Money style. Our whales aren’t massive sea creatures, so much as massive investors who are massively wealthy... and they’ve just surfaced to reveal their top holdings. Compared to them, the rest of us are just little fish. But like real fish, that doesn’t mean you can’t swim in their wake!

    Our whales aren’t massive sea creatures, so much as massive investors who are massively wealthy... and they’ve recently surfaced to reveal their top holdings.

  • Stocks Skid as Sales Drop at McDonald's Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009 | 2:01 PM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks skidded Tuesday after disappointing sales from McDonald's and gains in the dollar.

  • Halftime Report: Beware The Greenback Comeback Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009 | 1:34 PM ET

    The Fast Money traders are closely watching the action in the dollar and what it's doing to commodity stocks across the board.

  • Art Cashin: Dollar Trade Could End 'Very Badly' Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009 | 1:18 PM ET

    U.S. stock markets are sliding Tuesday on a stronger dollar and disappointing announcements from McDonald's and 3M. Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, told CNBC why the markets are especially "vulnerable" now.

  • Stocks Slide, Hit by Dollar, McDonald's Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009 | 11:35 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks skidded Tuesday as the strengthening dollar chased buyers from the equity markets.

  • Futures Slide as Dollar Shows Strength Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009 | 6:01 AM ET
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    Stocks looked set for a slight rise at the open Tuesday as European markets erased early losses and FedEx helped sentiment with some bullish guidance.