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    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has indicated that the hurdle for QE3  (a third round of quantitative easing) is very high. Other Fed governors have echoed this sentiment and, given the QE2-backlash from politicians and the recent ramp in commodity prices, the Fed wouldn't consider more easing unless deflation emerged and a double-dip recession loomed. ...A report from TheStreet.

  • United Continental Holdings took off with upside option activity, as an early pullback in the price of oil gave airline stocks a lift.

  • Dow Chemical has faltered after starting the year with a bang, but one bull is looking for more upside by late summer.

  • Twitter

    Some investors are using Twitter to track market trends and make decisions about where to put their money. Each Friday on CNBC, we answer stock trading questions sent to us through tweets by viewers. We can't get to them all on-air, so we're doing it online.

  • Novartis has won the auction for medical testing company Gen-Probe, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

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    The hurdle for a third round of monetary-policy easing is very high, according to Fed officials, especially given the recent run-up in commodities. Consequently, it may be an ideal time to buy stocks, as many may fall to attractive discounts.  ...A report from TheStreet.

  • VirnetX is shaping up to be the next big tech battleground stock. As with all battleground stocks, this one has a great story. In a nutshell: It makes security software for 4G phones. If all goes well, based on everything the company and its promoters say, every 4G wireless manufacturer will need to license its technology.

  • Options activity on Friday was wildly bullish in Southwestern Energy, which was the subject of takeover talk last week. More than 26,000 calls changed hands versus less than 2,800 puts. Chevron is seen as a suitor.

  • Groupon

    Although Groupon plans to trade under ticker “GRPN,” a notable omission from its filing is where it will trade.

  • Gold "is behaving like a true currency," believes John Bridges, metals and mining analyst at J.P. Morgan. He and John Fisher, portfolio manager and director of large and midcap growth strategies at Fifth Third Asset Management offered CNBC their commodities outlooks and investment ideas.

  • More than 6,500 July 15 calls changed hands yesterday (Thursday), with most of the big blocks pricing for $0.70 to $0.80.

  • Even the most bullish of prospective buyers have become wary of the name. But rather than an outright purchase of shares, this provides a classic example of a situation where options can provide a better risk/reward proposition.

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    One reason the U.S. may continue to be an attractive investment market is its monetary policy. ...A report from TheStreet.

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    In May, Wal-Mart reported its eighth consecutive quarterly decline in U.S. same-store sales. While this can, in part, be blamed on the difficulties facing its cash-strapped core shopper, several internal gaffes have also led to the company's struggles at home. ...A report from TheStreet.

  • Peru

    Peru's presidential election this Sunday offers investors a chance to bet on which stocks will be winners if pro-market candidate Keiko Fujimori manages to defeat leftist Ollanta Humala.

  • Stock Bargains in a Soft Market

    Looking for bargain stocks in a soft market, with Edward Crotty, Davidson Investment Advisors; Joe Heider, Rehmann Financial, and Todd Colvin, MF Global.

  • J.C. Penney's same-store sales disappointed traders in April, and the sentiment is negative going into its monthly report.

  • Picking Up Value in Stocks

    Susan Fulton, FBB Capital Partners, and Harry Rady, Rady Asset Mgmt., discuss where to find growth in the markets.

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    Mitt Romney's presidential campaign will focus on his executive experience in the Massachusetts statehouse, but the former Bay State governor and GOP presidential hopeful's calls as co-founder of Bain Capital have had a much bigger impact on the American consumer so far. ...A report from TheStreet.

  • Apple has a major calendar event on Monday, but traders are looking for a pop even sooner.