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  • Five Retail Stock Winners — Rockers, Kids & Babies Friday, 6 Feb 2009 | 10:20 AM ET

    It's the kind of retail market that separates the sheep from the goats, and JPMorgan's Brian Tunick thinks the sheep can give investors quite a feast.

  • Options: Barrick Gets Bullish, Centex On A Run Friday, 6 Feb 2009 | 7:35 AM ET

    Barrick Gold is seeing bullish options activity as the price of gold rose for the second straight day and stayed above $900.

  • Fertilizer Co. Share Spike Driving Options Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 6:20 PM ET

    Fertilizer company Mosaic gained more than 6 percent and is attracting some call buying Thursday, ahead of appearances at two major investor conferences in coming weeks.

  • Stocks Rise as Bank Hopes Gain Traction Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 4:52 PM ET

    Stocks eked out a gain after a rough morning as banks got a boost from market chatter that the government may suspend a controversial accounting rule blamed for much of the contagion in the financial industry.

  • Stock Picker Finds Surprises In Store(s) Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 4:25 PM ET

    Better-than-expected January sales lifted the market out of the doldrums on Thursday, and, in the retail sector, Citi Investment Research's Deborah Weinswig has some favorites to recommend to stock-market investors.

  • Dow Chem Attracting Options Attention Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 3:22 PM ET

    Dow Chemical is seeing strong call activity despite a posting a weak earnings report yesterday. Early Thursday, traders bought some 10,700 calls at the February 12.40 strike, which quickly rose in price from $0.20 to $0.35. Many of those calls (DOWBV) were bought in blocks as large as 2,448 contracts each

  • Options Traders Bet on Semiconductor Stocks Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 11:19 AM ET

    Semiconductor stocks have been trying to break to higher levels — and options traders appear optimistic that they will succeed. Take the Semiconductor HOLDRS (SMH) ETF, for instance...

  • Options Traders See Regional Bank Death Spiral Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 10:53 AM ET

    Fifth Third Bancorp is attracting heavy call activity as it reaches new 52-week lows. FITB is but a shadow of its $28.58 high from last March, dropping 70 percent last month alone and closing yesterday only a nickel above its new $1.74 low. That was enough to draw options traders, as calls outnumbered puts by 10,000 to 1,700.

  • Avoid Colruyt, Ahold; Buy Wal-Mart Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 10:48 AM ET

    Investors should move their money from a couple of big European names to the world's biggest retailer, according to GeertJan Nikken, a technical analyst at Rabobank.

  • Shopping For Teen Retailers' Stocks Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | 10:46 AM ET

    Laura Champine, senior retail analyst for Cowen & Co., has been at the mall, shopping for good retailers, and she's got some very definite ideas about the few positive trends out there.

  • Caterpillar Options Spike on Share Movement Wednesday, 4 Feb 2009 | 3:36 PM ET

    Caterpillar is seeing heavy options activity as its stock trades moderately higher Wednesday. Calls outnumber puts by a 3-1 ratio and are concentrated at the February 33 strike, where contracts were bought for $0.77, $0.80, and $0.81. Some May 40 calls also traded for $0.88, according to OptionMonster's real-time tracking systems.

  • Sectors To Like, Sectors To Shun Wednesday, 4 Feb 2009 | 1:35 PM ET

    Corporate earnings reports are living up — or down — to expectations.  That's good, according to CastleArk Management's Jerry Castellini. He's enthusiastic about some stock sectors, especially for the long run.

  • Options Action Targets Micron After Patent Case Ruling Wednesday, 4 Feb 2009 | 1:07 PM ET

    Traders were buying calls in Micron Technology for the second day in a row right after the opening bell Wednesday, following a federal court ruling in California that halted a patent infringement case brought by rival Rambus.

  • Robot Surgery Co. Shares Climb on M&A Talk Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | 2:06 PM ET

    Intuitive Surgical has rallied more than $20 in the last five sessions since we cited unusual buying of stock and options in the company. The sharp rise has taken place amid persistant takeover rumors involving Johnson & Johnson and the robotic surgery giant.

  • CEOs Convene at Crain 's Future of NYC Conference Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | 1:50 PM ET

    The economic slowdown remains front and center as some of the most influential CEOs convene at the Crain’s "Future of NYC" conference. Business chiefs that have been affected by the recession are brainstorming on ways to ride out these troubled times.

  • Chip Maker Options Spike as Shares Rally Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | 12:57 PM ET

    Options activity spiked early Tuesday for Micron Technology, which has been rallying in the face of a dismal outlook in the chip industry. This morning, right out of the gate, the MU March 4 calls lit up OptionMonster's tracking systems, as buyers jumped in to snap up more than the open interest...

  • Two Stocks With Class: For-Profit Educators Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | 12:05 PM ET

    Investors need to learn an important lesson, according to Signal Hill's Trace Urdan: Put your money in education stocks. "People want to go back to school when times are tough," he told CNBC.

  • Financials. It's a word stock-market investors have not been using a lot lately, but Rob Morgan of Clermont Wealth Strategies is nibbling around the edges.

  • Stock Picks: Financials With a Future Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | 9:52 AM ET

    David Dietze of Point View Financial Services sees light at the end of the tunnel. He's cautiously optimistic about financial stocks.

  • Amgen Options Boiling on M&A Rumors Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | 5:14 PM ET

    Call options are heating up in Amgen, which is up slightly Monday in a sluggish market. As AMGN trades at about $55.20 the Febuary 57.5 and 60 calls are drawing a few nibbles, but most of today's action involves the Febuary 65 calls. What's it mean?