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  • Traders bought more than 3,600 April 21 calls for $0.40 yesterday, compared with previous open interest of just 441 contracts. More than 6,000 options traded in the name overall, compared with a daily average around 2,100.

  • As solar stocks continue to fly in reaction to Japan’s nuclear worries, solar bear Gordon Johnson of Axiom Capital continues to scratch his head.

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    Several equities listed on the NYSE had rapid increases in short interest during the last half of February, some by as much as 50%. Short interest is one indicator that long investors in these stocks could be in for painful declines. ...A report from TheStreet.

  • In the wake of Japan’s nuclear meltdown, solar stocks are on fire today.

  • Based on the economic recovery, Fritz Meyer, independent economist, said stocks are likely to rally another 10 to 15 percent this year.

  • Japan’s economy will overcome the aftermath of the earthquake and will rebound longer-term, said Steven Bernsetein, CEO of Oppenheimer Investments Asia.

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    Congress unwittingly unleashed a third wave of quantitative easing (QE3) by stealth by refusing to raise the US Treasury’s debt ceiling, according to Paul Ashworth, US economist at Capital Economics.

  • Today's Market Action

    Discussing the resilience in the market and what it means over the long run, with CNBC's Ron Insana; Barry Knapp, Barclays PLC and Tom Porcelli, RBC Capital Markets.

  • Archer Daniels Midland has been navigating well in difficult times, and traders are looking for the agriculture name to keep climbing.

  • Three years after filing its first prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the private-equity firm Apollo Global Management is finally set to launch a traditional initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • With markets dropping sharply, investors should cash in on this buying opportunity, said Gordon Charlopp of Rosenblatt Securities.

  • Grain prices are going to take almost two years to rebuild, so there's going to be a period of elevated costs, said Farha Aslam, food analyst at Stephens.

  • Now that Starbucks has agreed to use Green Mountain’s Keurig system for its push into single-serve, giving the stocks of both a caffeinated jolt, there are a few key points to consider.

  • Buying financial stocks is like “buying a lottery ticket”—nothing has changed in the industry and there’s still no transparency, according to Ronald Carson, CEO and founder of Carson Wealth Management.

  • Sentiment has been weakening in the chip sector for the last week, and yesterday (Wednesday) the bears pounced on Lam Research.

  • With the markets on a decline, investors need to put money into value plays, said Rob Hoxton, president and CEO of Hoxton Financial, and Robert Auer, portfolio manager at Auer Growth Fund.

  • Education

    Keep an eye on for-profit schools today (Thursday), especially Bridgepoint Education.

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    Stocks seem locked in a trading band of indecision, as traders await the next development from the Middle East or economic news that could move the market forward.

  • The commodities boom was as severe and swift as ever in history, but tremors have entered the markets over the last few weeks as investors begin to wonder: Could it all be over? ...A report from TheStreet.

  • Despite various market headwinds, stocks will continue to rally, said James Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, and Jim Lacamp, senior VP at Macro Portfolio advisors.