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  • Despite the high unemployment rate, we may see an increase in labor costs in 2011 that will put pressure on corporate margins, Tobias Levkovich, Citi’s chief US equity strategist, told CNBC.

  • 5 Top Large-Cap Picks: Strategists Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 12:28 PM ET

    Pointing to large-cap picks, Bill Spiropoulos, CEO of CoreStates Capital Advisors, and Keith Goddard, president of Capital Advisors, suggested that investors look into the following stocks.

  • Stocks Advance; Chevron Gains, Banks Slip Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 12:16 PM ET

    Stocks continued to reach new highs Wednesday in an absence of economic data as trading volume continued to be light. McDonald's and Chevron rose, while P&G fell.

  • Winning Video Game Stocks for Next Year: Analyst Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 11:40 AM ET

    Microsoft’s Kinect was a solid hit this holiday season, but the game console’s success alone may not be enough to boost the video game industry for next year, said Evan Wilson, entertainment analyst at Pacific Crest Securities.

  • Stocks to Watch: Chevron, Yahoo! and More ... Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 11:26 AM ET
    Six in 60

    Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.

  • Prepare for a 'Very Frustrating' Market in 2011: Pro Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 10:22 AM ET

    Markets are going to be “very frustrating” for both bullish and bearish investors next year, according to Ken Fisher, founder and chairman of Fisher Investments and a Forbes columnist.

  • Bullishness Backs Off Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 9:28 AM ET

    Investors Intelligence notes that financial newsletter writers who are bullish dropped to 55.6 percent versus 58.8 the week before; but that was the highest level of bullishness since October 2007.

  • Futures Edge Up, Treasurys in Focus Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 9:13 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures edged higher ahead of the open Wednesday as investors braced for an auction of government debt following a weak Treasury auction in the previous session.

  • Bulls go shopping at Children's Place Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 7:26 AM ET

    The retail industry's good fortune has largely eluded Children's Place this holiday shopping season, but option traders are showing optimism in the near term.

  • Share Rules Could Push Offering by Facebook Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 5:04 AM ET

    Facebook likes big numbers — it now has more than 500 million users, each one of whom can have as many as 5,000 friends. Yet as a privately held company, its ownership base must remain small, or it will have to disclose publicly its financial results, the New York Times reports.

  • In the Rearview, a Year That Fizzled Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 4:37 AM ET

    It was the year that the economy started to recover and then slid back into a slump — only to offer reason for renewed hope in the final weeks. The New York Times reports.

  • Charity Donations Invited at Cash Machines Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 4:14 AM ET

    Users of automated teller machines will be invited to make charity donations every time they take money out of a “hole in the wall” under government plans, reports the Financial Times.

  • BlackRock to Launch Internal Trading Platform Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 | 3:51 AM ET
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    BlackRock, the world’s largest money manager, expects to launch an internal trading platform next year in a move that would strike at the heart of the profit centers of many Wall Street firms. The FT reports.

  • Market Insider: Russian Roulette Could Pay Off in 2011 Tuesday, 28 Dec 2010 | 8:38 PM ET
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    As Russia moves to lure foreign investors, some strategists see the Russian bear as the emerging market bull for 2011.

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    The bond market tomorrow will be the one to watch, after interest rates spiked Tuesday following a sloppy Treasury auction.

  • Stocks Close Mixed as Dow Reaches New High Tuesday, 28 Dec 2010 | 4:33 PM ET

    Stocks closed mixed amid thin holiday trading after a couple lackluster economic reports on housing and consumer confidence. Chevron and HP rose, while American Express fell.

  • Will Large Cap Bulls Be Winners or Losers? Tuesday, 28 Dec 2010 | 4:00 PM ET

    It will be interesting to see whether the mega-cap rally can be sustained or whether this newfound respect for cheap large cap stocks will prove the disappointment of 2011.

  • Stocks Mixed Ahead of Close as Nasdaq Slips Tuesday, 28 Dec 2010 | 3:57 PM ET


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    Despite the shabby state of government finances in the US, Pimco's Bill Gross says now is the time to be buying municipal bonds.

  • Technology is the third worst performing sector in the S&P this year, only beating out healthcare and utilities.  This may surprise most investors since a handful of tech stocks had a good 2010.