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  • U.S. stocks managed a largely flat close Wednesday -- despite disappointing holiday retail news -- as the battered financial sector and energy companies gave a boost to the broader market.

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    Fund manager Bill McVail has some very definite suggestions for investors about what's big in small-cap stocks.

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    The CEO of American Technology Research thinks it's time for investors to see the light about North Carolina-based Cree.  It makes the computer chips that go into an LED lighting system.

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    Real estate as an opportunity for investors?  Get real!  Morningstar equity analyst Jeremy Glaser is making just such a recommendation, telling CNBC there are gems to be found in a sector that's taken such a beating.

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    Is there a bigger success story for the technology investor than Google?  "It's actually still pretty reasonably priced," Martin Pyykkonen told CNBC.

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    Our friends at "Fast Money" earlier this week lamented that the Grinch stole the S&P 500's 2007 gains, so we stole their chart and have it here to show you. But seriously, we want to know what you think. Will there be a Santa rally before year end? Or will the S&P hold on to or even lose its current anemic gain?

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    Open-source software provider Red Hat said Thursday that its third quarter profit rose 12 percent as a surge in subscriptions helped offset increased spending on marketing and research.

  • NetSuite began trading on the Nasdaq Thursday after its initial public offering. Chief Executive Zach Nelson told CNBC that the business-management software company is positioned "in the right place and the right time in the marketplace."

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    Investors have been checking out of hotel stocks recently.  Jake Fuller, hospitality analyst for Thomas Weisel Partners,  thinks they'll want to check back in -- but not right away.

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    Can investors continue to strengthen their portfolios through the top technology names, or is their recent strength played out?

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    China is doing a lot of investing in America, and there's a five-star fund manager with a couple of ideas for American investors -- in China.

  • On Tuesday night, the Pentagon issued a $2.7 billion order for 3,100 more Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles, or MRAPs -- designed to protect troops from roadside bombs in Iraq. Herer are the seven manufacturers that will gain from the order.

  • The "whole financial sector was demolished" in the wake of the subprime mortgage mess -- but analysts and investors "threw the baby out with the bathwater," said Patrick Becker Jr. of Becker Capital Management. He named two bank stocks with little or no exposure to subprime.

  • Market volatility and the pullback in financial stocks isn't over yet, says Sarat Sethi, partner and portfolio manager at Douglas C. Lane & Associates. So he advises investors to find safe harbor in large-cap multinationals with diverse exposure.

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    Bryan Elliott, senior restaurant analyst for Raymond James, says it's time for investors to feast on casual-dining stocks: "Keep in mind we're talking about long-term, couple-of-year time frame. ...We think there's tremendous value in a number of stocks out there."

  • You can trade legally options "like an insider" -- if you stay alert and watch market momentum. Jon Najarian, co-founder of OptionsMonster.com and frequent guest on CNBC's "Fast Money," offered his wisdom on how to do it -- and which options look the hottest right now.

  • Forget subprime -- there are still solid real estate investments out there, says Jonathan Litt, real estate investment trust (REIT) analyst at Citigroup

  • Banking stocks aren't dead, said Richard Bove, financial strategist at Punk, Ziegel; but they have to be judged differently going forward. Bove gave his insights into which Wall Street firms are the strongest-positioned -- and which will see their troubles getting even worse.

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    The biggest names in fast food can still fatten your portfolio, according to Banc of America senior research analyst Andy Barish.

  • Falling shares are likely to keep sliding in the near-term, cautions David Sowerby -- so hold off on bottom-fishing for stocks. Instead, the chief market analyst and portfolio manager at Loomis Sayles names stocks that will continue to benefit from capital spending.