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    Keith Wirtz thinks a smart investor ought to be learning about education stocks. He should know:  The president and chief investment officer of Fifth Third Asset Management runs the firm's four-star Lifemodel Fund, which gained 9.6 percent during 2007.

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    T. Rowe Price portfolio manager Charles Ober powers his fund with energy stocks, and the tactic appears to be working:  Ober's New Era Fund is up 29.9 percent over the last five years. He's still bullish on the energy sector in 2008.

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    Some highly-regarded fund managers like to limit their stock choices to companies of certain sizes, but to Keeley Asset Management vice president Mark Keeley, size doesn't matter.  He's a five-star manager with selections of small, medium and large caps.

  • Financial stocks have taken a beating -- but have they reached bottom? Jon Hilsenrath, money and investing news editor at The Wall Street Journal and a CNBC contributor, pointed to five bank stocks that savvy investors need to watch closely this year.

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    Understanding the performance of the stock market in 2007 comes down to one word: subprime.

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    Brent Wilsey has a shopping list for the new year.  The president of San Diego-based Wilsey Asset Management is urging investors to take a serious look at undervalued stocks -- and he offered CNBC viewers plenty of choices.

  • Specialist Gregory Zenna, right, directs trading in shares of Verizon on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday Feb. 14, 2005.  Stocks were narrowly mixed Monday in quiet trading as Wall Street greeted Verizon Communications' $6.7 billion takeover of MCI Corp. with indifference. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Wall Street is set to end 2007 with modest gains and kick off the new year with  jobs data on Friday.

  • A contrarian investment strategy known as "Dogs of the Dow" has been a laggard this year, pulled down by Citigroup, one of the biggest casualties of the subprime credit meltdown.

  • Broker works the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stock market volatility returned with a vengeance in 2007 and is not going away anytime soon.

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    Barry James has some ideas for investors about squeezing some green out of a couple of blue chips -- with much of the market in the red.  The president and portfolio manager of James Advantage Funds finds strong promise in two of the 30 Dow Jones Industrials.

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    America's big media companies go into the new year with a writers' strike threatening their bottom lines.  What does that mean to investors, and which company is the best play? David Bank, broadcasting and media analyst at RBC Capital Markets, gave his top media stock pick.

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    Oil prices have been soaring, but one analyst sees them going the other way soon, with some important implications for investors in energy stocks. FBR's Eitan Bernstein offered his insights into playing oil stocks in 2008.

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    Robin Shoemaker thinks there's still money to be made in the stocks of companies that make oil-drilling equipment -- stocks which have gained as much as 90 per cent in the last year.

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    Randy Bateman is a four-star fund manager who's come up with an entire new sector, techno-industrials -- and he's found some enticing investment opportunities there

  • 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?