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  • Beaten-Down Stock Picks: Oil Drillers, Health Insurers Wednesday, 8 Apr 2009 | 10:02 AM ET

    Brent Wilsey is one of countless market-watchers who expect the earnings season to be a rough one, but the president of Wilsey Asset Management is not one to overlook the price tags on the stocks of the companies involved.  "Stocks are beaten down way more than they should be," he told CNBC.  "This is a great opportunity to be buying these companies at these prices."

  • Stocks Slide Ahead Of Earnings Tuesday, 7 Apr 2009 | 5:41 PM ET

    The S&P 500 slid on Tuesday, with investors jittery about the start of earnings season and what Corporate America will say about profits.

  • CNBC's Bob Pisani reported from the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday. He says the trader buzz is focused on earnings season, which begins today with Alcoa. Pisani discusses economic bellwether Baltic Exchange Dry Index, Royal Bank of Scotland  Humana, Coventry, and UnitedHealth.

  • Are You Ready To Rumble? It's Earnings Season Tuesday, 7 Apr 2009 | 9:36 AM ET

    Earnings season begins today with Alcoa. The majority playbook, which we have telegraphed for a month, is to ride the wave off the March 6th lows going into earnings season, then lighten up as stocks move sideways to down on the back of VERY CONSERVATIVE guidance.

  • Pinpointing Bargains In a Choppy Stock Market Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | 1:12 PM ET

    Fifth Third Asset Management's Mary Jane Matts looks back on a dramatic week for stocks, and still finds some bargains for investors.  "When you consider that the S&P is trading about eleven times normalized earnings, the stock market is attractive here," she told CNBC.  "I don't think you have to over-think it."

  • Options Boil on UnitedHealth Merger Talk Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | 1:49 PM ET

    Rumors that UnitedHealth Group is interested in the managed healthcare company Coventry Health Care have lifted Coventry as much as 10 percent today, while driving short-term options buying.

  • Humana Options Jump on Takeover Talk Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | 4:54 PM ET

    Humana is up more than 7 percent Friday and seeing heavy call activity, amid rumors of a takeover by Aetna. More than 26,500 HUM calls traded in the first hour of the day — that's nearly six times the average daily call volume...

  • Dividends Over Buybacks Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | 6:37 PM ET

    Companies that want to reward theirs investors should make that their mantra.

  • Healthcare Stocks Are Feeling Ill Tuesday, 3 Mar 2009 | 9:53 AM ET

    Health care stocks have lost their defensive appeal and feeling rather ill for the past few weeks. Shares of healthcare companies, United Health Care and Humana have dropped significantly since the Obama administration outlined a healthcare reform agenda aimed at cutting $175 billion in payments over 10 years to private insurers through the Medicare Advantage Program.

  • Are Healthcare Stocks Safe? Monday, 2 Mar 2009 | 6:22 PM ET

    After a great run, healthcare stocks got killed last week. What’s the trade now?

  • S&P Ends at 12-Year Low as Citi Stirs Fear Friday, 27 Feb 2009 | 5:12 PM ET

    Stocks tumbled Friday and the S&P hit a 12-year low as news of the government's stake in Citigroup and General Electric slashing its dividend stirred worry in the market.

  • Obama’s Thousand-Yard Stare Friday, 27 Feb 2009 | 10:25 AM ET

    The last thing companies need is the president eyeballing their industry. But that’s just what happened to health care. Who’s next? And how do you protect your portfolio? Cramer has an answer.

  • Stocks Fall After Budget Released Thursday, 26 Feb 2009 | 8:17 PM ET

    The Dow fell in volatile trade on Thursday with Merck  being one of the biggest drags on the blue chip index, as investors worried that the budget proposal could strangle profits.

  • 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.

  • Clarity From DC Moves Stocks Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 4:35 PM ET

    Hope for clarity on government programs moved stocks today. Several key events made it clear we are starting to approach the endgame on government programs.

  • Few Ways to Recover Bonuses to Bankers Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | 11:09 AM ET
    Bankers Bonus

    President Obama had some harsh words on Thursday for bankers who paid themselves billions of dollars in bonuses despite the sweeping government rescue of the nation’s financial industry. Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut said “every possible legal means” should be used to claw back the money.

  • Health Net Options, Shares: Why Are They Moving? Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | 12:48 PM ET

    Health services firm Health Net has been rising for the last month and is up another 6 percent Wednesday amid heavy options volume. In the first 90 minutes of the session alone, HNT contracts had already traded more than seven times the 20-day average. Find out what it means.

  • Pops & Drops: Texas Instruments, Hershey Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009 | 6:26 PM ET

    Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Texas Instruments and Hershey popped while Valero and McGraw-Hill dropped.

  • Pops & Drops: Southwest Airlines, eBay... Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | 6:09 PM ET

    Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Southwest Airlines and Potash popped while eBay and Sony dropped.

  • Microsoft, Banks Drag Down Stocks Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | 5:20 PM ET

    Stocks retreated Thursday as Microsoft layoffs and bank worries overshadowed hope for economic stimulus.