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Options trading is active in three major casino stocks that have all seen large double-digit gains in the last few days.
Stocks turned mixed Monday, the second day of trading in the new year, as a construction report came in much better than expected, as did U.S. auto sales. Stocks started off the day sharply lower as investors cashed in some of their chips after last week's rally that pushed the Dow up more than 6 percent and past the key 9,000 mark.
MarkWest Energy is up nearly 17 percent and has attracted the attention of options traders. Traders have been buying calls for the last week in natural gas company, which is near its highs of the session at $11.10 at midday. The January 10 calls are trading at $1.20.
RidgeWorth Capital Management's Alan Gayle thinks it's time to move up the risk gauge — in both stocks and bonds.
Stocks declined Monday, the second day of trading in the new year, after a rally last week that pushed the Dow up more than 6 percent and past the key 9,000 mark. A report that showed construction spending fell by half of what was expected helped shave some of the loss.
Wall Street looked set to open lower in the second day of trading of the year after Friday's rebound, with investors expected to take some profits following the Dow's rise to more than 9,000.
A W-shaped recovery is more likely than a V-shaped one this year, and stocks look relatively attractive compared to other asset classes such as bonds, Juerg Zingg, managing partner at Q Investments, told CNBC.
Stocks rebounded Friday as investors displayed some optimism for the new year, scooping up bargains in the consumer discretionary and energy sectors. The Dow ended above 9,000 for the first time since early November.
Stocks skidded as the unraveling of one of the biggest deals this year overshadowed gains in the energy sector.
Stocks rebounded Friday, pushing the Dow above the key 9,000 mark as investors rang in the new year with optimism, scooping up bargains.
There's been a lot of talk about infrastructure plays in the stock market, with President-elect Barack Obama's campaign pledge for a build-out. The new President takes office in less than three weeks, and chief investment officer Randy Bateman of Huntington Funds has some infrastructure investment ideas you may not have considered.
Think of infrastructure, and you probably think about bridges and highways, but Jeff Markunas of the RidgeWorth Large Cap Core Equity Fund will remind you that wireless is also infrastructure, and China is involved in a big wireless build-out.
"During the `30s, during the Depression, they all went to the movies," Alan Valdes of Hilliard Lyons told CNBC. "We still like entertainment and leisure, but this time, we think they're going to stay at home." So how does he play the stay-at-home entertainment market?
Plunging oil prices have not scared Eric Cinnamond away from energy stocks. In fact, 17 percent of his equity portfolio is now energy; six months ago, there were no energy stocks in it. He's also big on small-cap stocks.
Stocks rebounded Friday, led by consumer discretionary and energy, after a quick dip triggered by an ISM report that showed manufacturing activity at a 28-year low.
Hugh Johnson of Johnson Illington Advisors is beginning the new year in a defensive investing posture, but he's getting ready for a quick switch to the offense. He feels things have been changing since the market bottom on November 20.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a largely flat open for Wall Street in the first day of the year after lodging the best year-end rally ever Wednesday.
Will Santa squeak in a rally before the ball drops? Early moves suggest it could happen: Stocks continued to rise Tuesday, adding to the more than 2-percent gain logged on Wednesday.
Financial stocks have taken a beating in 2008 with one index down almost 60 percent, and one option trader is betting on more pain in the first quarter. The XLF Financial SPDR came into 2008 near $30 and dropped to a low of $8.67 last month before rallying...
NetApp is up more than 5 percent and seeing intense options action today as takeover rumors circulate on the trading floor. Average daily call volume for NTAP is 5,900, but this morning more than 17,500 traded in the first 45 minutes alone. Why..?