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The 110th session of the U.S. Congress opens in less that one week--and the Democrats are back in power in both the house and senate. One of their stated goals is making health care more affordable for Americans. But is that good news or bad news for HMOs? And either way--which healthcare stocks should investors look at?
Stocks have been soaring lately--but gold prices have climbed to the highest level in three weeks. The metal is up 2.3 percent this week and has gained for four sessions in a row. So--is gold the way to go when it comes to investing? Two guests on "Squawk Box' have different opinions. Greg McCoach is president of The Mining Speculator and Jeffrey Christian is Managing Director of CPM Group.
For some, stocks are the be-all and end-all of investing. For others it's gold. We'll have a lively debate on the issue during "Squawk Box" tomorrow with Greg McCoach -- he's president of The Mining Speculator (guess which side he's on) -- and Jeffrey Christian of the CPM Group. Other scheduled topics and guests include a look at HMOs on "Morning Call." Will they grow in 2007 or not? We'll have analysts give them a checkup.
So--what if everything you were told about air pollution was wrong? That it's not a problem anywhere near what most people believe. Joel Schwartz thinks that way. He is an adjunct scholar at the National Center for Policy Analysis. He's out with a study that says environmentalists have exaggerated just how bad air pollution is. But not so fast--says Ed Hopkins. He's Director of the Environmental Quality Program at the Sierra Club.
It's been a pretty good year for Wall Street--from a bumper crop of buyouts to record-breaking gains. But there were some stumbling blocks--most notably in the commodities markets. The folks at Trader Monthly Magazine have compiled a list of the biggest--most brazen--and jaw dropping trades of the past 12 months. Randall Lane is Editor-in-Chief of Trader Monthly. He was on "Power Lunch" with the list.
It's been a pretty good year for tech stocks--but even a good 2006 doesn't hide the fact that the sector has underperformed the market for the last three years. So--there should be plenty of growth ahead in 2007, right? Scott Kessler is the S&P's Senior Director of Technology Sector Equity Research. Peter Misek is Senior Tech Analyst at Canaccord Adams. On "Morning Call" the pair give their sector outlook and stock "picks."
In our Big Money '07 series we're looking to energize your portfolio-- literally-- as we look at the best ways for investors to make money in the energy sector. On "Morning Call" two guests give their stock "picks." Fadel Gheit is Senior Energy Analyst with Oppenheimer & Company and Bob Morris is oil and gas analyst with Bank of American Securities.
Good morning. Our quote of the day comes from the stage and film actress Ruth Gordon (of "Harold and Maude" fame): "To be somebody you must last." The lasting memory of Gerald Ford is being honored. Funeral arrangements announced Wednesday include placing the former president's casket for repose outside the U.S. House chamber--and then placing it for repose outside the Senate chamber.
The U.S. housing market has certainly gone through a rough patch lately--but there is some good news on stronger home sales--as we've reported. The Commerce Department says new U.S. home sales rose 3.4% in November. Analysts were looking for a gain of 1-2%. But new home sales are still down from a year ago by 15.3%. So--are there any good stock recommendations out there?
A flurry of consolidation talk has fueled airline stocks the last few weeks. But what's it all mean for the airlines as we head into 2007? On "Morning Call" Roger King--airline analyst at Credit Sights and Ray Neidl of Calyon Securities gave their take--and gave their favorite stock recommendations.