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  • Duke Energy is seeing extremely unusual call activity as its shares reach multi-year lows. More than 33,000 calls traded at the April 12.50 strike against open interest of just 784 contracts by mid-afternoon Thursday. Why?

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    Procter & Gamble options are among the most heavily traded Friday, with much of the activity in the April contract. The trading appears to signal a big bet that more volatile times are ahead for the consumer products giant.

  • As General Electric continues to fall, the company that once boasted a half trillion dollar market cap, is now at risk of falling out of the Top 20 biggest companies in the S&P 500.

  • Robert Lloyd of the AIM Summit Fund is not banking on a quick recovery in the economy. So what's his investment strategy?

  • Two months into the year, the average dividend yield of the Dow 30 has continued to rise since the start of 2009, despite some significant dividend cuts like those from CNBC parent, General Electric.  See how the 30 companies in the Dow compare.

  • The Dow Industrials, Dow Transports, and Dow Utilities are all hitting multi-year lows now. While the Dow Industrials and Dow Transports have been closing at new lows for days, the Dow Utilities closed below its October low for the first time on Friday.

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened at its lowest level in 12 years, slipping below 7,000 as investors grew increasingly skittish over the state of the stock market amid the wave of government bailouts.

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    In his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffett says he did some "dumb things in investments" last year, while defending Berkshire's "equity put" derivatives contracts.  Buffett also predicts the economy will "be in shambles throughout 2009 - and for that matter, probably well beyond - but that conclusion does not tell us whether the stock market will rise or fall."  He's still optimistic for the long-term, however, again pointing out that "our country has faced far worse travails in the past" but always "we've overcome them."  He says confidently, "America's best days lie ahead."

  • Investors should hang in and make money where they can, Cramer says. Here are the few places he thinks that is possible.

  • In today's initial sell off, the Dow was down over 50% since its Oct 2007 peak.  Here are more key dates for the Dow & S&P, both on a closing and intraday basis:

  • Plus, Cramer explains Enterprise Products Partners' latest dividend dispersement.

  • Is there such a thing as a safe dividend yield?  RNC Genter Capital Management's Dan Genter says an investor should look not to the size of the dividend, not even in relation to the stock price, but to consistency.

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    CNBC's Jim Cramer has been critical of Warren Buffett's decision to sell some stocks in the Berkshire Hathaway portfolio, in part because it appears to contradict Buffett's public call to buy U.S. stocks last fall.  But there is another way of looking at it.

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    After warning CNBC viewers not to follow Warren Buffett's recent stock moves, Jim Cramer goes into greater detail today about how Buffett was "selling America" last fall even as he publicly urged investors to buy American stocks.

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    Instead of asking what Warren Buffett has been buying, we should have been wondering what he's been selling.  Berkshire Hathaway's stock portfolio snapshot for the end of the fourth quarter reveals its holdings in Johnson and Johnson have been slashed by more than half.

  • Matt King is bullish on consumer staples, and his interest encompasses manufacturing as well as retailing.  He's very specific about which part of the sector to invest in.

  • Looking for a formula for successful stock investing?  RBC Bank's Joseph Keating sums it up in three words:  exceptionally high quality.  Companies in that category, he says, are likeliest to hold onto their dividends. (Part One)

  • Looking for a formula for successful stock investing?  RBC Bank's Joseph Keating sums it up in three words:  exceptionally high quality.  Companies in that category, he says, are likeliest to hold onto their dividends. (Part Two)

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  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.