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What follows is a look at stocks in the S&P 500 displaying unusual volume in today's trading session.
Trading was focused yesterday on the November 60 calls, where more than 3,600 were bought for $0.55 to $0.65 at more than double the open interest.
Although retailers are expected to report monthly sales gains that are below last year's levels, there are still expected to be some bright spots in the report that bode well for the upcoming Christmas holiday shopping season.
A confluence of economic and market conditions make them an excellent option for diversifying a portfolio: low interest rates, a strong potential for inflation, lots of available capital and real estate bargains.
As stocks ended off session highs Wednesday, the traders discussed some stocks that caught their attention.
After a couple of great recent reports, Cramer thinks it might be.
Stocks closed near the highs of an upbeat session as investors gained confidence in the strengthening U.S. economy and the likelihood the Federal Reserve will resume quantitative easing. Boeing and Bank of America rose, while American Express fell.
Stocks advanced across-the-board Tuesday ahead of the closing bell as investors gained confidence in the strengthening U.S. economy and the likelihood the Federal Reserve will resume quantitative easing. Boeing and Bank of America rose, while American Express fell.
Stocks continued to add to gains after a report that the service sector grew more than expected, and that new orders and hiring in the sector are on the rise. Caterpillar and DuPont rose, while Amex fell.
The Bank of Japan cut interest rates ... to a range of zero to 0.1 percent, from 0.1 percent (seriously)...and pledged to keep rates at "virtually zero" until deflation has ended.
Stock index futures pointed to a higher open after the Bank of Japan cut interest rates and pledged to keep rates at zero until prices stabilize.
Well, at least one of them has had a tremendous amount of good fortune lately by playing long and short positions against each other on drug store chain Walgreen and pocketing nearly half a million dollars in profit.
Stocks ended near session highs on Tuesday as investors considered the impact of the Fed's next moves to bolster the economy as well as weak reports on the economy. Pfizer and Intel rose, Cisco and P&G fell.
Stocks continued to rebound ahead of the closing bell Tuesday as investors considered the impact of the Fed's next moves to bolster the economy as well as weak reports on the economy. Pfizer and Intel rose, Cisco and P&G fell.
Stocks climbed into positive territory Tuesday as investors expected the Federal Reserve to pump more money into the economy, supporting equities. Travelers and Intel rose, while Cisco and Alcoa fell.
U.S. stock futures and European stock markets were fairly flat Tuesday morning, despite a number of concerns across the Atlantic. One such concern: S&P warned that Ireland’s debt could be cut once again, citing rising costs of recapitalizing Anglo Irish Bank. Then there's Spain and Portugal.
Stock index futures added to gains Tuesday after a report that home prices stabilized in July, and despite the return of European debt concerns.
See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Tuesday's Squawk on the Street.
Reports on consumer confidence and home price data, and the Treasury's $35 billion auction of 5-year notes are events that will be watched by financial markets Tuesday.
"Ultimately, the big deal is going to be whether the economic growth rate is really accelerating in the fourth quarter or whether it doesn't," said James Paulsen, chief strategist at Wells Capital Management.