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    Although quantitative easing by the Fed would boost stock prices, investors fear that the economy needs government intervention. To play it safe, here are 10 large-cap stocks that rank as analysts' favorite picks within their sectors—and 30 more top-ranked names in those sectors. ...A report from TheStreet.

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    Hersh Cohen, the manager of Legg Mason ClearBridge Equity Income, who has been investing in dividend stocks for four decades, is finding some of the biggest bargains of his career.

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    Apple, Citigroup and Ford are tirelessly touted by the media and fund managers. Yet, analysts favor lesser-followed companies. Here are 10 large-cap stocks, all S&P 500 members, that receive rave reviews from analysts but get little attention from investors.

  • Stocks logged their best week in nearly a year, led by commodity and bank stocks, as investors looked to earnings season, which kicks off next week. Google gave a boost to techs.

  • Stocks pushed higher after a weak start Friday as banks bounced bank.  After a three-day rally, stocks are on track for their best week in over a year.

  • Stocks pushed higher after a weak start Friday as banks bounced bank.  After a three-day rally, stocks are on track for their best week in over a year.

  • Greece has passed major changes in its pension system, raising the retirement age to 65 and cutting benefits. There will be a debt issuance next week. Spain will also allow savings banks to be be be bought by private investors, including outsiders.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a negative open Friday after three straight sessions of gains for the major averages and ahead of the start of third-quarter earnings season next week.

  • Here's what analysts and others say they're watching before the bell Friday.

  • The Dodd-Frank bill (that's what it's being called, folks): bad, but it could have been worse. That's what most Wall Street traders and analysts I have spoken with this morning say about the financial regulatory reform bill passed in the wee hours of the morning.

  • The Russell indices is set to rebalance on Friday, which could cause some major market moves. What kind of shakeups should investors expect to see? Robert Gasser, CEO of Investment Technology Group, shared his insights.

  • The economic news has been terrible this week (housing, jobs), but the S&P 500 is up 2.4 percent. How to account for that? Some point to the reduced headline risk in Europe (Germany has had an amazing week, it's only about 1 percent from a 52-week high!), and perhaps reduced headline risk from BP helped at the margins. But the driving factor is likely this...

  • XL Capital has been facing a negative trend recently, and yesterday the bears turned it up a notch.

  • The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.

  • "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation" said Henry David Thoreau. The Conference Board said on Tuesday that 45% of Americans are unhappy in their jobs. I don't know if that qualifies as "the mass of men", but it's a lot and probably not surprising given the economic circumstances the nation finds itself in.

  • If no private equity bridge loan: 20 percent chance that a sov. wealth fund or private equity would offer a high interest rate loan with an option to buy the entire company at a price above the present market value.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • Stocks closed lower as fears that inflation was hampering holiday gift-buying combined with wider concerns about the state of the economy.

  • Aon, one of the world's largest insurance brokers, said on Monday it has agreed to sell two units for about $2.75 billion and will devote the proceeds of the deal to a share buyback.

  • The state of Ohio has filed an anti-trust lawsuit accusing Marsh & McLennan, AIG and three other insurers and their subsidiaries of price fixing and other anti-competitive behavior, Attorney General Marc Dann said on Monday.