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  • Gold prices continued to rise on Monday, nearing $1,060, as the U.S. dollar fell. Brian Belski, chief investment strategist at Oppenheimer & Co. shared his insights on gold, markets, and more.

  • The economy just exited a recession and we’re in a sub-par recovery, so the markets are "entitled to a rest after the big gain," said Bob Doll, vice chairman and global chief investment officer of equities at BlackRock.

  • Nearly 80 percent of S&P companies have beat earnings expectations—is this due to low earnings estimates or is it a sign that the recovery is real? Michael Cuggino, president and portfolio manager at Permanent Portfolio Funds, and Tyler Dann, senior research analyst at Invesco Aim, shared their ideas.

  • Investors gain 2.5 percent a year investing in “sin stocks”—tobacco, alcohol and gambling. Marcin Kacperczyk, professor of finance at NYU Stern, explains the “price of sin” and how it may help investors boost their portfolios.

  • Stocks surrendered earlier earnings-fueled gains on Friday as investors began to lock in some profits. So where should you put your investment dollars now? Brian Place, president of Place Financial Advisors, and Peter Boockvar, equity strategist at Miller Tabak, discussed their market outlooks.

  • Tech giants Amazon.com, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Apple reported earnings in the last week, each posting stronger than expected results. Does this signal the beginning of a recovery—and will tech stocks continue to rise? Gene Munster at Piper Jaffray and Dan Morgan at Synovus Securities shared their insights.

  • As investors look ahead to next week, Peter Andersen, portfolio manager at Congress Asset Management Company, and Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist at Banyan Partners, shared their best investment ideas.

  • Oil prices are up almost 140 percent from the 52-week low and up 82 percent year-to-date. For those deciding whether there’s still opportunity in the sector, Oppenheimer & Co.’s Scott Burk, senior analyst of oil services and ocean shipping and Fadel Gheit, managing director of oil and gas research said investors just need to know where to look.

  • The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), considered the measure for fear in the market, is close to falling below 20, the first time since late August of last year. How should investors play it? Dan Deming at Stutland Equities and Scott Fullman at WJB Capital Group shared their advice.

  • Upside option activity exploded in the XHB homebuilder exchange-traded fund when the market surged yesterday afternoon.

  • Microsoft launched its newest software program—Windows 7—on Thursday, aiming to win back customers and strengthen its grip on the PC market. So will the new operating system roll a lucky 7 for the software giant? Katherine Egbert, tech analyst at Jeffries & Co. and Molly Wood, executive editor at CNET.Com shared their views.

  • Approximately 35 percent of S&P companies having reported so far so what do the results tell us for stocks going ahead? Neil Hennessy, portfolio manager and CIO of Hennessy Funds and Steven Stahler, president of Stahler Investment Group shared their market outlooks.

  • Bond investors need to think like lenders, because their money needs to be productive, said Bill Larkin, portfolio manager at Cabot Money Management.

  • Much like the U.S., Europe took a drubbing in the global economic crisis. Afterward, the region’s economy continued to limp along while other less-developed markets surged ahead to unprecedented growth. But the tide is shifting: analysts feel upbeat once again about Europe’s prospects. Why?

  • If the market continues at its current pace since the March lows, it could hit 1,280 on the S&P by the end of the year, said Laszlo Birinyi Jr., president of Birinyi Associates. He shared his market insights.

  • Momentum could push oil toward $90 a barrel in the shortterm, but an increase in supply from Nigeria and Iraq will place downward pressure on the commodity come spring 2010, said Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research.

  • Profits and sales were down for another quarter at UPS, but investors will be looking ahead to the upcoming holiday season to see if the world's largest shipping carrier—and the U.S. economy—are on the road to recovery. Arthur Hatfield, transportation analyst at Morgan Keegan, shared his analysis of UPS.

  • Raytheon is scheduled to report earnings this morning, and traders are positioning for a move lower.

  • The CBOE Volatility Index, considered the measure for fear in the market, dropped to just above 20 on Wednesday. Should investors be paying attention to the figures? Lincoln Ellis, managing director at the Linn Group and J.J. Burns, president of J.J. Burns & Co. shared their market insights.

  • Although he predicts commercial vacancy rates won't peak until 2011, Joe Rodriguez, portfolio manager of the 5-star rated AIM Select Real Estate Fund, said commercial real estate still offers investment opportunities.