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Stocks Johnson & Johnson

  • The axle that is health care reform, and around which Washington is wrapped, threatens to scuttle the Presidents domestic agenda while he frustratingly tries to reach out to foreign allies (or non allies as the case may be).

  • In U.S. President Barack Obama's speech to Asia-Pacific leaders at the APEC Summit in Singapore over the weekend, he highlighted the importance of a strong China economy in the context of global growth.

  • The Consumer Price Index, a measure of the average price level of a basket of consumer goods and services, was up 0.3% for the month of October, while the core CPI rate, excluding energy and food, rose 0.2%.  On a year-over-year basis, consumer prices were down .2%.

  • In U.S. President Barack Obama's speech to Asia-Pacific leaders at the APEC Summit in Singapore over the weekend, he highlighted the importance of a strong China economy in the context of global growth.

  • In what appears to be a bet consumers will stick with discount retailers even after the economy rebounds, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increased its Wal-Mart holdings by almost 90 percent during the summer.  It added almost 18 million shares, currently worth almost $1 billion, in the third quarter.

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is due to release its third quarter stock portfolio 'snapshot' later today (Monday).  The 13F filing with the SEC will list Berkshire's holdings of U.S. publicly traded stocks as of September 30.  There are times, however, that Berkshire gets permission from the SEC to keep some holdings confidential, often as it is accumulating a position.

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    Even as the US market continues to rally, many institutional investors are trimming their US holdings and putting more money in foreign stocks—especially those in emerging markets.

  • Both the charts and the fundamentals agree.

  • The health care reform bill passed by the House this weekend now moves to the Senate, which has its own version of a bill.  So how do investors play health care stocks? Les Funtleyder, health care strategist for Miller Tabak and Ipsita Smolinksi, health care analyst for Capitol Street gave their outlook on Monday to CNBC.

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    It appears that Washington is about to enact sweeping legislation that will be the greatest shift in public policy in decades. Yes, we can bemoan the lack of a completely private enterprise driven system but the reality is Big Brother is here and he's not going away. Without a doubt there will be implications for investors that need to be considered; and it's not all bad news from an investment perspective.

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    Markets rose on Wednesday despite a weaker-than-expected reading on the services sector. Is the economy in the middle of a recovery and if so, how can investors play it? Bill Spiropoulos, CEO of CoreStates Capital Advisors and John Merrill, founder and CIO of Tanglewood Wealth Management shared their insights.

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    As more nervousness creeps into the US stock market, investors are sharpening their look at overseas opportunities where growth is outpacing the US recovery.

  • How can you invest along the same principles as Warren Buffett? James Altucher, managing director of Formula Capital, shared his insights.

  • Stocks finished mixed Tuesday as techs struggled after a downgrade on Intel. Transports rose following news that that Warren Buffett is buying Burlington Northern railroad. Industrials also gained after this week's encouraging manufacturing reports.

  • Dividends can be a way for investors to effectively safeguard returns during volatile times. Joseph Keating, CIO of Private Asset Management at RBC Bank shared some of his best dividend picks for investors.

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    Stocks opened lower on Tuesday, following a topsy-turvy session on Monday where markets staged a late rally. How should you be positioning your portfolios? Ernie Ankrim, senior markets advisor at Russell Investments and Anita Clemons, vice president and manager of investments at Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company shared their market insights.

  • Stocks tumbled Tuesday, led by techs after an analyst downgrade on Intel. Transports rose following news that Warren Buffett is buying Burlington Northern railroad.

  • While the Burlington Northern deal is getting a lot of attention, it has not brought pre-open trading in the S&P futures into positive territory yet. Risk aversion has become a more prominent theme since last Wednesday, when the S&P 500 dropped below its 50-day moving average for the first time since July.

  • Over the past few days there's been a remarkable confluence of newsflow, most of it positive, out of biopharma. First the bad news.

  • We asked the traders for their favorite stocks to 'buy and hold' for the long-term. After all, good things come to those who wait!