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  • No Double-Dip Recession: Strategist Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 6:05 PM ET

    Recent economic numbers suggest that the economy may be finally turning to a recovery, said Jim Hardesty, president, market strategist and chief economist of Hardesty Capital Management, and John Merrill, founder and CIO of Tanglewood Wealth Management.

  • Stocks End Flat as Investors Take Breather Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 5:17 PM ET

    Stocks ended flat Wednesday as investors shrugged off solid demand from today's five-year Treasury auction and some encouraging economic reports.

  • Stocks Don't Flinch After Treasury Auction Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 3:57 PM ET

    Stocks were flat Wednesday as investors shrugged off solid demand from today's five-year Treasury auction and some encouraging economic reports.

  • Focus on 'Consistent' Companies for Profit: Strategist Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 3:24 PM ET

    With stocks at 10-month highs, some Wall Street observers are expecting a correction. Bill Smead, CEO and CIO of Smead Capital Management, shared his market insights and investment advice.

  • Where's the Economy Headed? Insiders Watch This Key Index Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 2:09 PM ET
    A container ship from Korea sits at a loading dock at Seattle's Harbor Island near downtown, Thursday, May 11, 2006. The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly declined in March for a second consecutive month, something that hasn't happened in more than two years. The improvement reflected record U.S. exports and a big drop in the country's foreign oil bill. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    The Baltic Dry Index, not exactly a phrase that rolls off an investor's tongue, is signaling plenty of caution these days about the global economy.

  • How to Play the NatGas/Oil Divergence: Stock Picker Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 11:56 AM ET

    Investors looking to play the crude oil and natural gas price divergence should follow these trading tips, said Daniel Dicker, independent oil trader at TheStreet.com.

  • A Fed Chief, Car Czar and Rabbi Walk Into a Bar... Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 11:39 AM ET

    The recession has provided a lot of fodder for comic relief. To help you with your watercooler show, here are more than 50 recession jokes—and some advice for how to tell them. On your mark...get set...joke!

  • Stocks Recover After Home-Sales Report Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 10:10 AM ET

    Stocks rebounded Wednesday after a sharp jump in new-home sales.

  • Pisani: China's Commodities Buying Spree Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 9:12 AM ET

    How do you write "glut" in Chinese? China stockpiles massive quantities of commodities.

  • Futures Relatively Flat on Economic Reports Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 8:54 AM ET

    Stock index futures extended losses after an initial uptick as data showed June orders for durable goods, excluding transportation, rose less than forecast despite overall orders posting their largest advance since July 2007.

  • Will Juniper Continue to See Upside Options Activity? Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 8:06 AM ET

    Juniper Networks is a leader in high-performance networking but is usually caught in the wake of industry giant Cisco. Yesterday, however, Juniper was lighting up our screens early with upside options activity.

  • Sidelined Cash Will Push Rally Forward: Chief Investor Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 7:54 AM ET

    Stock prices are still below levels seen in the wake of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and improving investor sentiment, along with the need to put cash to work, will push markets higher, Lothar Mentel, CIO of Octopus Investments, told CNBC.

  • Latin America — A Two-Speed Region Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 6:27 AM ET
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    South America, which boasts a range of basic resources and agriculture, is showing signs of rebounding from the global recession. But political uncertainty continues to plague the continent.

  • Market Tips: US Rally Is Unsustainable at this Point Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 5:03 AM ET

    Global stocks were mixed Wednesday with Japanese stocks rising to 10-month highs after Wall Street posted its sixth consecutive gain overnight. U.S. stocks closed at new 2009 highs on Tuesday. But experts tell CNBC the rally on Wall Street is on shaky ground.

  • Charts: Gold to Hit $1,040 'Very Quickly'; S&P to Weaken Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 4:58 AM ET

    Gold's "breaking out" to a higher level as imminent, Chris Locke, managing director at Oystertrade.com Management, told CNBC Wednesday, as other analysts have said the precious metal could shine again as inflation fears resurface.

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    As if adrift at low tide, the stock market could make another shallow move Wednesday in quiet, late summer trading.

  • Markets Still Have a 'Lot of Room' to Run: Strategist Tuesday, 25 Aug 2009 | 5:51 PM ET

    Ben Bernanke’s reappointment as Federal Reserve chairman is a sign of stability to the markets, said Bryan Place, president of Place Financial Advisors.

  • Don't Count on Consumers to Fuel Economy: Strategist Tuesday, 25 Aug 2009 | 5:40 PM ET

    U.S. consumer confidence rebounded in August after back-to-back monthly declines, but will the gains continue to fuel the economy? Robert Loest, portfolio manager at Integrity Growth and Income and Stephen Gallagher, chief U.S. economist at Societe Generale discussed their outlooks for the consumer and the economy.

  • Ben Bernanke’s reappointment as chairman of the Federal Reserve was probably the best move for the markets, said Michael Cuggino, president and portfolio manager at Permanent Portfolio Funds, and Alan Valdes, vice president of Hillard Lyons.

  • Dow Logs Sixth Straight Gain Tuesday, 25 Aug 2009 | 4:41 PM ET

    The Dow rose for a sixth straight session Tuesday as stocks got a boost from an encouraging report on home prices and an unexpected jump in consumer confidence.