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  • GDP growth rates and estimates have been ratcheted up and we expect the trend to continue, said Hank Smith, chief investment officer of Haverford Investments. He is bullish on U.S. stocks and offered his top stock plays.

  • With all the changes taking place in Washington, investors shouldn't just focus on the micro—they have to focus on the macro as well, said Kevin Rendino, portfolio manager at BlackRock. He shared his best plays.

  • After the bell, the traders sifted through the latest results from Cisco. Is it safe to say the strong results bode well for the rest of the sector?

  • A fountain is shown at the entrance to Cisco Systems headquarters in San Jose, California.

    The company reported 40 cents a share against the 35 cents expected; but arguably the bigger story here is the significant beat on the topline: Cisco reported $9.8 billion versus the $9/.4 billion expected.

  • When I sat down with Cisco CEO John Chambers at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, he had a powerful story to tell: A plan to transform Cisco in a vertical, enterprise and consumer powerhouse 7 years in the making, was ready to pay dividends in 2010.

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    Effective marketing campaigns and the entrance of brand-name companies helped the toning and shaping footwear category generate an 88 percent sales increase in 2009.

  • The Bank ETF closed higher on Tuesday, shrugging off the Volcker plan presented to lawmakers. How should you trade financials, now?

  • After a volatile January, stocks have been showing signs of a rally in the last few sessions. How will markets look for the rest of the year and how should investors position their portfolios? Uri Landesman, head of growth at ING Investment Management shared his market outlook.

  • A spec pick on e-commerce without placing your bet on any specific merchant.

  • Stocks erased their gains Friday, ending the day — and the month — in the red as an early boost from better-than-expected GDP report faded and techs took another hit.

  • Stocks closed out their worst month in almost a year with earnings failing to lift the market higher. How should you be positioned now?

  • U.S. stocks finished January 2010 on a negative note, with all three major indices posting their worst monthly performance since February 2009. 

  • Stocks are up modestly in the last trading day of the month. But don’t kid yourself — it has been a down start to the year for the markets. Stocks are down 2.5 percent in January and are looking to have their worst month since last February, thanks in large part to China tightening worries and concerns over government reforms for big U.S. banks.

  • Cramer takes the tech pulse with Avnet's CEO Roy Vallee.

  • Microsoft

    The world's biggest software reported a profit that was pushed higher by improved sales of personal computers.

  • On Thursday, the traders sifted through Microsoft and Amazon earnings, looking for insights into the tech trade after the sector led stocks lower.

  • Global technology may be a great story right now for investors, said Geri Pell, senior financial advisor at Geri Pell & Associates. She shared her insights on the sector.

  • Microsoft sits in the sweet spot of global economic recovery, but this company still has to outperform Street expectations in order for this stock to really work. At least that's the word from several analysts I'm talking to ahead of the company's second fiscal quarter earnings later today.

  • Apple Store

    Apple has captured a kind of perpetual motion in the market completely elusive to all others who have tried to match its performance. Monday's numbers should be a knock-out, but longer term, there simply is no better company in a better position than Apple.

  • The markets today are building on this week's losses - looking to finish a poor week on a down note. Today's declines have now pushed the S&P 500 into the red for the year (down 0.8% YTD), and have also extended the year's losses for the Dow & Nasdaq (both down 1.2% YTD). Despite hitting 15-month highs just three days ago, the markets are set for their 3rd weekly decline in the just the past 4 weeks, with the Dow flirting with its worst week since last May.