The Dow and S&P 500 staged their worst start to September in 13 years on Tuesday. Here are five places to hide.» Read More
Gerdau is a Brazil-based steel manufacturer that has seen its shares crushed. Trading in the mid-$20s last summer, GGB has fallen some 25 percent just in the last week or so. But as shares traded around $6.47 this morning, someone goes out and buys 8,200 March 12.50 calls for $0.10. Does someone see a takeover brewing?
Sarat Sethi of Douglas C. Lane & Associates thinks investors ought to buy stocks, but must choose very carefully before they do. "I think it's too early to get into areas where companies are too levered, because capital markets are still not fully open," he told CNBC. "I would stick with the consumer staples, companies that have good international diversification, and health care, especially life sciences and medical products."
RDM Financial Group's Ron Weiner has two important guideposts in his investment strategy: Think long-range, and consider telecom. "If you've got a three-month outlook, everything's scary; if you've got a three-year outlook, everything's cheap," he told CNBC.
Stocks opened higher Wednesday as investors hope President Barack Obama's economic team will bring clarity to the markets.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street Wednesday as investors hope President Barack Obama's economic team will bring clarity to the markets.
The markets got off to a rough start on Inauguration Day, but Brent Wilsey predicts a honeymoon on Wall Street as Barack Obama moves into the White House. "When I feel the optimism today, how excited everybody is, I think he will have some honeymoon here," the president of Wilsey Asset Management told CNBC.
Financial stocks are seeing huge options activity Tuesday, led by State Street, which is down roughly 50 percent after reporting a 71 percent drop in fourth-quarter earnings. Options volume for STT was six times normal this morning. Also: Options action looks at PNC Financial Services, Bank of America and JPMorgan.
Wouter Weijand from Fortis Investors recommended three stocks in three different parts of the world -- stocks he sees as strong picks for investors: The Netherlands' Koninklijke DSM, Australia's Toll Holdings, and the US's Boardwalk Pipeline Partners. All three companies have been fairly beaten up in the past year but still have high yields.
Stocks ended a dismal week on an up note as investors took some defensive positions in stocks like McDonald's amid nagging worries about the health of banks.
Just a few short months ago, fuel prices were soaring through the roof, and trucking companies were worried about their survival. Now that fuel prices have plunged, trucking companies are thriving, right? Wrong, according to Lee Klaskow of Longbow Research.
Stocks were back up in a yo-yo session as investors took some defensive positions in stocks like McDonald's amid nagging worries about the health of banks.
Options traders are bidding up calls in Kimberly-Clark after Merrill Lynch upgraded the consumer product company Friday morning. The average daily turnover of calls in KMB is 1,200 contracts, but some 4,000 changed hands in the first 90 minutes of today's session alone.
The price of Yamana Gold has followed in the general trend of the metal itself, but the stock is up more than 100 percent over the last 2.5 months. One trader is using the options to try to ride that move up...
Boston Scientific is fighting to break out of its recent trading range as a large block of puts changes hands. BSX opened today by more than 2 percent from its close of $7.60 yesterday... The put activity coincides with a company setback in its protracted court battle with Johnson & Johnson.
With a year of certain uncertainty now under way, Peter Andersen looks to reliability as a theme for stock-market investors. "I would say the motto for 2009 is, 'Stick with the staples,'" the Congress Asset Management portfolio manager told CNBC. "We're looking at solid, large-cap companies that have very strong dividends."
As President-elect Barack Obama plans heads into office in a few short days, the nation's governors discuss their key economic concerns in their states—including unemployment and the stimulus package—and what the new president should do to relieve some of the fears of this struggling economy.
Futures rallied on the back of the Bank of America bailout Friday, with investors hoping the government will do all in its power to save big institutions from collapsing.
Autodesk is down more than 11 percent Thursday on news of job cuts and lower revenues than expected, and options traders are betting that it will fall even further, with only one day left before January contracts expire.
Paul Noglows, director of research at Lazard Capital Markets, suggested four stock picks in four different sectors that will see growth over the year.
Ted Parrish runs the four-star rated Henssler Equity Fund, and he thinks it's time to buy stocks. He's inclined to prefer large-cap stocks, except in one area. "The only area that might be a little different is probably financials," Parrish told CNBC. "I think the regional banks, the smaller banks, are maybe in a better position at this point." (PART ONE)