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    Jamie Baker thinks airline stocks are ready to take off.  "We do see significant potential upside from here," the JP Morgan senior airline analyst told CNBC. He offered investors his top stock picks.

  • Why aren't the feds getting more involved in the whole banking sector writedown situation .. especially since the numbers are likely to get worse?

  • Is is time to stop betting against financials? Yes, according to Dennis Gartman, founder of The Gartman Letter and a well-known investment strategist.

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    A certain semiconductor maker's stock is taking a pounding from its disappointing earnings report, but Bart Geer of Putnam Investments thinks it's become a real bargain. He named other stock picks, too -- in energy, despite fears of a U.S. recession.

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    The market's having another mixed day as investors wonder which way stocks are going. CNBC talked to some of the experts to get their take on where to invest now. Here's what some of them are saying.

  • IBM posted a 24 percent profit rise in a preliminary earnings release on Monday. The computer company's shares climbed as much as 10 percent. Peter Misek, technology analyst at Canaccord Adams, weighed in on IBM -- and offered CNBC his investment insights for other tech stocks.

  • Real estate is not dead -- even in the United States. Ritson Ferguson, manager of the ING Global Real Estate Fund, offered CNBC his favorite global real estate stocks.

  • Time to prepare your portfolio for next week -- and Steve Grasso of Stuart Frankel and John O'Donoghue, head trader at Cowen, offered CNBC/CNBC.com viewers and readers their top stock tips.

  • Kevin O'Marah, chief strategist at AMR Research, has developed a unique "supply-chain strategy" -- and uses it to compile a Top 25 stocks list that beat the 2007 market hands-down.

  • Alcoa said fourth-quarter profit rose 76 percent on restructuring and tax benefits, offsetting lower aluminum prices. Experts weigh in on how to trade the aluminum firm's stock and other metals and mining companies.

  • Finally, an oversold rally; the Dow moved 225 points the last 90 minutes. It was the first close at the highs for the year; financials led, but beaten up groups like airlines also posted a nice rally. Defense stocks rallied as well.

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    Craig Hester acknowledges the economy is likely to keep slowing down through the year ahead, but he thinks the slowdown will stop short of a recession, and he sees promise for investors in the stocks of a couple of firms spun off from troubled giants.

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    The search for companies that use their capital efficiently, generate excess returns, and return excess cash to shareholders has led Delaware Global's Ned Gray to NGK Spark Plug and Xerox.

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    Video games and TV shows are not child's play to Darren Chervitz. They're serious investments, getting especially close scrutiny as the Consumer Electronics Show previews the future in Las Vegas. 

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    "We're not scared of technology," Shawn Price told CNBC.  To prove it, the co-portfolio manager of the Touchstone Large Cap Growth Fund offered a list of recommendations for investors -- and they're all tech stocks.

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    The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is a showcase for glamorous new products, but two veteran tech analysts are looking elsewhere for investments.

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    After beating their own benchmark index for the last five years, Standard & Poor’s equity research team is betting on the biggest U.S. jam maker and the Magic Kingdom, among 40 companies in this year’s PowerPicks stock portfolio, to outperform again in 2008.

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    The market outlook may not be brilliant for the year ahead, and that makes selections of favored stocks especially interesting to watch. "We went...looking for stocks that didn't need a rising economic tide to do well in 2008," Fortune Magazine writer Jon Birger told CNBC.

  • The U.S. Labor Department's jobs report fell short of expectations -- stirring fears of a recession. How can investors protect their portfolios? Strategists and analysts offered CNBC viewers their expert advice.

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    The first days of the New Year bring Citigroup's Citi Investment Research Top Picks: The bank polled each of its fundamental analysts on a single best money-making idea for 2008, with the option of an additional small-cap pick.  Citi says its 2007 list produced an average share price return of 16.7 percent, well ahead of the Standard and Poor's 500 average of 4.2 percent.