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  Monday, 28 Jan 2013 | 11:51 AM ET

Is the Bond Rally Over?

Is the bond rally over?

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  Monday, 28 Jan 2013 | 11:24 AM ET

Rich Ilczyszyn: Here's How I'm Playing Gold

Posted By: Rich Ilczyszyn

Gold has ceased to be a precious metal; it's now a market mystery that continues to perplex traders and analysts alike.

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  Friday, 25 Jan 2013 | 2:56 PM ET

Investors Lose Fear of Black Swan as Earnings Impress

Posted By: Javier E. David | Special to CNBC.com
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Earnings season is in full swing, bringing hopes that the global economy may be on the road to full recovery. Early returns suggest that investors are slowly starting to buy into the scenario that better days lie ahead, unwinding some trades put on at the apex of market pessimism.

To be certain, the jury remains deadlocked over whether the global economy has completely turned a corner. The U.S.'s struggles to resolve its debt troubles loom large in the minds of most investors, while Western Europe still hasn't found a permanent solution to what ails its debt-saddled and withered peripheral countries.

Still, the euro has spiked to its highest level in nearly a year against the dollar, while interest rates in Italy and Spain – the locus of the market's fears about a euro zone fracturing –have fallen by more than two full percentage points. On Friday, ten-year Spanish government yields traded close to 5 percent after surging to euro era highs at 7.75 percent in July.

"What you're getting is a lot of Europe-positive sentiment from the Europeans, which frankly…I would not have expected," Andrew Liveris, Dow Chemical's president, chairman and CEO told CNBC from the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.

"Now it's a relative positive…but people are feeling much better about a European bottom and the potential signs of a Europe that's above zero percent growth, which is phenomenal," he added.

Meanwhile, most major central banks are proceeding full throttle with plans to flood the financial system with cheap liquidity –helping to grease the wheels of a stock market rally. The Bank of Japan's plans to buy massive quantities of bonds has sent the yen plunging, and the Federal Reserve is unbowed from its own quantitative easing efforts – although they did recently warn about inflation risks.

All this takes place against a backdrop of both the Dow Jones and S&P 500 flirting with record highs, and a sharp decline in the price of gold, an inflation hedge and a key barometer of investors' appetite for safe haven. Years of being bearish on the market has led to buying opportunities, some say.

(Read More: The Odd Season: Good Earnings, Nervous CEOs)

"The market has gone up with people being under-invested," Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein told CNBC's "SquawkBox," from Davos. He said investors should want the market to go down "so they can get in."

(Read more: Stocks Rally Despite 'People Under-Invested:' Goldman CEO Blankfein)

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  Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 | 4:33 PM ET

Douglas Kass on Apple: 'The King Is Dead'

Posted By: Drew Sandholm

Shares of Apple suffered a steep decline on Thursday, a day after the technology giant missed Wall Street's revenue forecast for a third straight quarter thanks to struggling iPhone sales, prompting Seabreeze Partners founder Douglas Kass to suggest the stock is "dead money."

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  Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 | 11:31 AM ET

Will Gold End 2013 Higher or Lower?

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Gold fell to a one-week low on Thursday after a repeated failure to break above a key chart level hurt investors' confidence in the metal, and as U.S. policymakers postponed talks on extending the U.S. debt ceiling.

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  Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 | 10:48 AM ET

Pro: Why Gold is Still a Short

Posted By: Rich Ilczyszyn
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Gold failed to punch through the $1,696 - $1,696 major resistance level on Wednesday to show $1,700 once again. The inability to do so alone caused investors and traders to lighten up long positions, as we saw a very sharp sell-off at the close in Europe.

(Related: Will Gold End 2013 Higher or Lower?)

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  Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 | 2:52 PM ET

How Futures Pros Are Trading the Gasoline Rally

Posted By: Drew Sandholm

Gasoline futures soared to the highest level in nearly three months on Wednesday.

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  Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 | 12:16 PM ET

Which Energy Is the Best Bet for 2013?

Brent crude oil held steady above $112 a barrel on Wednesday, as investors awaited inventory data from the United States for clues on the demand outlook of the world's largest oil consumer.

Brent crude rose 9 cents at $112.50 a barrel. U.S. crude for March dropped 13 cents at $96.55, off a four-month high of $96.90 hit earlier.

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  Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013 | 4:04 PM ET

Why Doug Kass, Marc Faber Remain Bearish on Apple

Posted By: Drew Sandholm

Facing increased competition in the technology sector, it seems Apple is poised to report its first year-over-year decline in net income since 2003, Seabreeze Partners founder Douglas Kass told CNBC on Tuesday.

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  Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013 | 10:52 AM ET

If the Weather Outside is Frightful, Buy Nat Gas: Pro

Posted By: Jim Iuorio
Engineer testing natural gas pipeline.
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Engineer testing natural gas pipeline.

It gets cold in Chicago. I'm convinced that many people live their lives without feeling the painful bight of wind coming off the lake on a zero degree January morning. Fortunately, I was able feel that weather earlier this morning, and it served as reminder that the value of natural gas is not going away.

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