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    In a year when the S&P 500 may close below the forecasts of every single equity strategist, Deutsche Bank's chief U.S. equity strategist's call that the index would end the year at 1550 points was farthest off the mark, reports TheStreet.com.

  • Investors of all stripes have been spooked by the stock markets' gyrations and the S&P 500's struggle to break even this year. But there are clear buying opportunities for those with a long-term time horizon and the presence of mind to tune out the day-to-day market noise.

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    As investors brace for more volatility, their uncertainty about direction of the stock market is at the highest level in six years.

  • Although one fund manager said he does not think equity prospects look particularly encouraging, he is finding value in an industry he formerly shied away from — technology.

  • Employers stand to save 50 percent in health-care costs combating obesity, and Weight Watchers is perfectly positioned to help them do that, analyst Charles Boorady told CNBC Thursday.

  • If not for concerns about Europe, the U.S. stock market would be 20 percent to 25 percent higher, Jeremy Siegel, economics professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School told CNBC Thursday. He recommends buying dividend-yielding stocks.

  • Crystal ball predictions

    Europe's Saxo Bank has released the annual list of its 10 most outrageous predictions for 2012. The predictions include Apple's stock price getting cut in half, a dark-horse candidate getting elected as U.S. president and Australia suddenly falling into a recession.

  • Thursday's hat trick of rising economic activity, higher consumer sentiment, and a drop in jobless claims shows an improving U.S. economy that will be stronger in the fourth quarter and into next year, JPMorgan Asset Management's David Kelly told CNBC Thursday.

  • Hot Stocks for 2012

    Although the prospects don't look promising, at least US stock value remains, says Abhay Deshpande, First Eagle U.S. Value Fund portfolio manager.

  • Option bulls are looking for Stryker to leg higher.

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    Weekly jobless claims top the list of economic reports expected Thursday. Investors also will be watching for comments from the ECB president and any developments in the political feuding in Washington.

  • Although defensive stocks have performed well this year, one fund manager said he is finding more attractive valuation in some slightly riskier mid-cap companies, including several regional banking stocks.

  • It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or down?To answer this question, the street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation. After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed. With data from Thomson Reuters, CNBC.com took a look at

    From the entire S&P 500, which stocks are analysts expecting to have the biggest pops? Click to find out.

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    While not unexpected, the resignation of OpenTable’s chairman is hardly good news for the already struggling restaurant reservation website.

  • The "January Effect," when small-cap stocks typically see a boost as investors buy back shares they sold in December, won't hold true in 2012, says Steven DeSanctis, Bank of America small-caps strategist.

  • More people are using credit cards over debit cards, and that's pushing growth at MasterCard and Visa, Sterne Agee analyst Greg Smith told CNBC Wednesday.

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    Investors can blame Europe for choking off stock market gains in 2011. But there’s a growing list of geopolitical flashpoints lurking in 2012—and any one of them could pose a risk to stocks.

  • I'm Cautiously Cautious: Strategist

    Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist at BTIG, explains why he's "cautiously cautious" about the markets going into 2012. "While we're focusing entirely on Europe, somewhat under the radar we've introduced an extraordinary level of uncertainty by way of the payroll tax expiration."

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    New U.S. home sales data, showing sales were worse than reported for the past four years, and reports on European bank borrowing could produce some of the bigger headlines Wednesday, as markets wind down ahead of the quiet holiday week.

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    With excess cash on hand from years of cautious spending and slower store growth, retailers in 2012 will focus on returning capital to investors via share buybacks and dividends, according to a Credit Suisse report out today.