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    More companies announced layoffs this week as the employment picture continued to dim. Clorox, Time Warner Cable and Fidelity National Financial were among the latest names on Wednesday to announce job cuts.

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    Another day, another round of corporate layoffs.  Liz Claiborne and PNC Financial Services became the latest companies to announce job cuts on Tuesday

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    Investors may be waiting a long time for stocks to rebound, but that doesn't mean they have to sit on their hands.

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    A major US retailer announced job cuts Monday amid worries about the fate of the stimulus plan, while a big Wall Street firm has further job cuts in store, according to reports.

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    A major US retailer announced job cuts Monday amid worries about the fate of the stimulus plan and the economy.

  • Alan Gayle says it's time for a cautious move back into the stock market.  "We see what I would call a transition from the problems...and the promise of the stimulus package that is coming forward in addition to the Fed easing and the like that we've seen," the senior investment strategist at RidgeWorth Capital Management told CNBC.

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    More companies announced layoffs on Thursday as the employment picture continued to dim.

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    More companies announced layoffs on Tuesday as the employment picture continued to dim.

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    Another round of layoffs was announced by big-name companies Monday, adding to the gloom over rising unemployment.

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    More companies announced layoffs as the employment picture continued to dim.

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    Even on Inauguration Day, companies continued to announce layoffs, reinforcing the  challenges facing Barack Obama.

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    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.

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