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  • Why Are TV's So Cheap? Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 2:51 PM ET
    Why Are TV's So Cheap?

    How can television retailers make any money since slower traffic has pressured them to lower prices? Dan Ackerman, CNET.com senior editor and Alan Rifkin, Barclays Capital U.S. retail hardlines analyst, weigh in.

  • Warren Buffett: The Year in Review Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 2:12 PM ET
    Warren Buffett

    This year was a busy one for billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

  • Goodbye 'January Effect' and Other Superstitions Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 1:54 PM ET
    New York Stock Exchange

    The so-called "January effect" hasn't actually had much of an effect in recent years. The name is now a misnomer, as the trend actually begins much earlier, reports TheStreet.com.

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    Watch out for derivatives, Mark Mobius, executive chairman of the Templeton Emerging Markets Group, told CNBC Friday.  "There is a risk that faces the entire financial system. and that has to do with derivatives," he said of financial instrument, such as options, whose value is based on another security.

  • Top Stock #6: Humana Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 12:54 PM ET
    Top Stock #6: Humana

    The Fast Money Halftime Report traders report Humana stock up 63% YTD and discuss whether the company will enjoy the same success in 2012.

  • Potential Positivity for HPQ Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 12:49 PM ET
    Potential Positivity for HPQ

    The Fast Money Halftime Report traders discuss potential for HP.

  • The Risk Trade and Pops & Drops Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 12:33 PM ET
    The Risk Trade and Pops & Drops

    Sharing insight into recent weakness in the Swiss franc and strength in commodity plays like the Australian dollar, with George David, RBC Capital Markets. Also, the FMHR traders report pops and drops in today's market.

  • How Will Weather Impact Retail & Energy? Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 12:22 PM ET
    How Will Weather Impact Retail & Energy?

    Sharing insight into how investors can use the weather as an indicator to positioning thier portfolios, with Paul Walsh, Weather Channel vice president of analytics. 'Warm weather generally correlates to stronger sales,' he says. Also, Addison Armstrong, Tradition Energy director of market research weighs in on how weather is affecting oil and gas.

  • Apple Up 5% Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 12:14 PM ET
    Apple Up 5%

    Discussing whether Apple could break new highs in 2012, even as it hit $403/share today, with Jeff Fidarco, Susquehanna Financial.

  • Game Stock: The Ideal Gift? Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 12:00 PM ET
    Game Stock: The Ideal Gift?

    FMHR traders discuss today's news including positive ratings on all the major indices and whether the domestic economic boom is 'real.' Also, a war between Electronic Arts and Activision heats up into the holiday shopping season and Edward Williams, BMO Capital Markets analyst, shares advice for not just investing in the games, but the stocks, too.

  • Global Markets Update: European Stocks Rise to Two-Week High

    The global markets. European stocks rise to a two-week high, although volume is extremely light heading into the holiday. Moody's keeps Austria's AAA rating with a stable outlook. Ten-year Italian bonds remain near 7 percent -- Italy will hold a series of bond auctions next week. Greece must decide whether it will take a 70- or 50-percent haircut. And a decision on European downgrades will come in January, according to S&P. With Dan Greenhaus, BTIG chief global strategist, and Stephen Weiss, Short Hill Cap

  • Investors think Kraft is a very tasty stock. Whether consumers continue to buy the packaged-food company's goods once price hikes go through are another matter, Morningstar analyst Erin Nash told CNBC on Friday.

  • Declining VIX and the Markets Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 10:41 AM ET
    Declining VIX and the Markets

    Ben Willis, Sunrise Securities, and Paul Hickey, Bespoke Investment Group, discuss the decline of the Vix and its impact on the markets, as well as the so-called "January effect."

  • Avoid Specialty Retailers: Analyst Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 9:16 AM ET
    Avoid Specialty Retailers: Analyst

    Except for specialty apparel, discounts at retail stores are normal, says Laura Champine, Collins Stewart. "We're not seeing a big pick up in big ticket spending," she adds.

  • U.S. stock index futures pared gains Friday after mixed data on U.S. durable goods orders and consumer spending.

  • Shopping for Sweet Stocks Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 8:10 AM ET
    Shopping for Sweet Stocks

    Mario Gabelli, Gamco Advisors, offers guidance on attractive stocks ahead of 2012.

  • Global Markets Update: Euro Up Slightly Against the Dollar

    U.S. futures are up the last trading day before Christmas and a day after the House agrees to accept Senate terms on the payroll tax cut. In Europe, the markets rally into the holidays. The euro is slightly up against the dollar.

  • Option Bulls Look for NXP Semi to Bounce Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 5:34 AM ET

    NXP Semiconductor has been in a world of hurt, but now the bulls are coming back.

  • European Bank Retreat Hits Asia Private Equity Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 2:08 AM ET

    Asia's private equity firms face a shrinking pool of bank loans as European lenders pull back from the region, crimping both investments and re-financings for buyout-backed companies and adding to the list of challenges the industry will meet in 2012.

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    Stocks may get a lift into the Christmas holiday weekend, after a Congressional deal to extend payroll tax breaks and unemployment benefits.