Wall Street is increasingly concerned a tumble in commodity prices and the latest sales numbers from Caterpillar portend a further slowdown in China.» Read More
Qualcomm hasn't been able to break higher, and now traders are using options to play the downside. QCOM stock is down 1.2 percent Monday to $36.14 as of this writing. Here's the big trade of the day...
Gerald Jordan of the Jordan Opportunity Fund sees a big rally coming, probably in the second quarter, and he believes investors should get back into stocks to get ready for it. "I think the next two to three thousand points in the Dow are going to be higher, not lower, and that's what we're invested for," he told CNBC.
Caterpillar posted fourth-quarter profit of $661 million, or $1.08 per share Monday morning, compared to $975 million or $1.50 per share in the prior year period. CAT, which also says it is will offer buyouts to 25,000 employees, dropped more than 8 percent five minutes after the open. Here's how I'm playing it!
Chip equipment maker Teradyne has been pummeled along with the rest of the semiconductor industry, but is trading more than 7 percent higher today — and is attracting options players as the company approaches its earnings report next week.
Shares of Genworth Financial have been beaten senseless, down more than 90 percent from their 52-week high, but options activity shows that the stock still has a pulse.
As the markets fall across the board Friday, gold ETFs are seeing bullish options activity after rising steadily over the last week. Which ones are leading?
At the end of a short but turbulent week that included the official start of the Barack Obama administration, Alan Valdes of Hilliard Lyons offered some stock suggestions inspired by the new president and his policies. "We like his health care plan," Valdes told CNBC.
As the market sees broad declines, one of the UltraShort ETFs is trading higher. The ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (TBT) has been rising steadily since hitting a bottom of $36 in December, up some 3 percent this afternoon to about $44.
Chesapeake Energy is seeing heavy options activity Thursday, as rising oil supplies weigh heavily on the energy sector. CHK has been trading between $14 and $19 for the last two months, but today's options action indicates that we could see it fall below that range in the short term...
Anton Schutz thinks banks have been getting a bad rap. "We think that this group has been so battered, if you look at the technical indications, coming out of earnings reports every one of the last five quarters, you've seen this group bounce dramatically," the portfolio manager for Mendon Capital and Burnham Asset Management told CNBC.
Stocks clawed their way back from a midday rout as banks surged and investors relaxed after the Treasury Secretary nomination hearing ended.
Stocks clawed their way back after paring earlier gains amid worries about the confirmation hearing of the Treasury Secretary nominee.
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.