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Another round of layoffs was announced by big-name companies Monday, adding to the gloom over rising unemployment.
More companies announced layoffs as the employment picture continued to dim.
Even on Inauguration Day, companies continued to announce layoffs, reinforcing the challenges facing Barack Obama.
Corporate layoffs have soared since New Year's. On Friday alone, GE, Pfizer, AMD, Wellpoint and Hertz announced big cuts.
Autodesk is down more than 11 percent Thursday on news of job cuts and lower revenues than expected, and options traders are betting that it will fall even further, with only one day left before January contracts expire.
Ted Parrish runs the four-star rated Henssler Equity Fund, and he thinks it's time to buy stocks. He's inclined to prefer large-cap stocks, except in one area. "The only area that might be a little different is probably financials," Parrish told CNBC. "I think the regional banks, the smaller banks, are maybe in a better position at this point." (PART ONE)
Ted Parrish runs the four-star rated Henssler Equity Fund, and he thinks it's time to buy stocks. He's inclined to prefer large-cap stocks, except in one area. "The only area that might be a little different is probably financials," Parrish told CNBC. "I think the regional banks, the smaller banks, are maybe in a better position at this point." (PART TWO)
Adobe Systems is up nearly 5 percent Tuesday — and continues to see call activity. The call buying began around a week ago, when we reported volume approaching four times the daily average for the maker of Photostop, Flash, and other popular software. Today, trading continued to surge...
RidgeWorth Capital Management's Alan Gayle thinks it's time to move up the risk gauge — in both stocks and bonds.
NetApp is up more than 5 percent and seeing intense options action today as takeover rumors circulate on the trading floor. Average daily call volume for NTAP is 5,900, but this morning more than 17,500 traded in the first 45 minutes alone. Why..?
Adobe Systems is down more than 51 percent this year — but is seeing huge call activity. The average daily call volume is 3,300, but Tuesday the software maker saw more than 12,000 contracts trade at the February 22.50 strike alone (AEQBX), most of them for $1, according to OptionMonster's tracking systems.
The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.
Cramer's take on executive compensation? They should all skip their bonuses for their year -- not just the C-suite folks either, but managing directors as well, he says. Cramer feels they should all forgo bonuses this year -- "no equities, no cash."
Traders are decidedly bullish on Microsoft options Tuesday after a positive report from Oppenheimer. The average daily volume in November for MSFT was 80,000 calls per day, but 49,000 contracts changed hands in the first hour of trading today alone.
The S&P 500 rose on Friday after the U.S. government said it would throw a $17.4 billion lifeline to automakers grappling with falling consumer demand.
As the auto rescue package becomes a reality for GM and Chrysler, the markets end the week mostly in positive territory, led by small caps with the Russell 2,000 up 4% for the week, even as the auto rally fizzled late Friday. Volatility waned, with the VIX falling 17.23% this week, to close at 44.93 Friday.
The stock market ended both the day and the week essentially flat, with the twin stimuli of interest rate cuts and an automaker bailout unable to overcome a weakening economy and pessimism about the future of the banking system.
Stocks advanced Friday after Bush announced details of a rescue plan for auto makers.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a cautiously higher open for Wall Street Friday as troubled automakers reportedly are close to an emergency loan deal.
In this Web Extra the traders reveal how they're playing Oracle after the firm reported quarterly results, Thursday. Also Pete Najarian would like a word with you about Apple.