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  • Expect the stock market to slowly drift higher but not make strong upward moves for the duration of 2011, said Kim Caughey Forrest, VP and senior equity analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group and Paul Schatz, president of Heritage Capital.

  • I've often said that nine out of ten mergers create little to no value, but perhaps Monday's deal between Progress Energy and Duke Energy will be one of the few that do, and here's why.

  • Emerging markets have had their run and now it’s time for investors to turn back to domestic US stocks, said David Katz, chief investment officer at Matrix Asset Advisors, and Ethan Anderson, portfolio manager at Rehmann Financial.

  • Should the economy see a robust recovery this year, here are some of the best places for investors to be, said David Dietze, president and chief investment strategist at Point View Financial Services, and Uri Landesman, president of Platinum Partners.

  • And it’s a good time for investors to own stocks, said Robert Doll, chief equity strategist at BlackRock, based on the firm’s latest quarterly asset allocation report.

  • Citigroup shares have gained 11 percent in the past month and recently hit the $5 mark, the first time since April of 2010. But David Konrad, senior vice president and head of large cap bank research at Keef, Bruyette and Woods, said investors should start looking to move their positions elsewhere.

  • Investors tend to use the first week of the year to rebalance their portfolios from last year’s winners, said Jerry Castellini, president and CIO of CastleArk Management, and Wayne Kaufman, chief market analyst at John Thomas Financial.

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    Many market strategists have an upbeat outlook for U.S. equities in 2011, but global markets, particularly in developing countries, also may offer upside this year.

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    The news that Starbucks is dropping the company name and the word "coffee" from its logo set off a media firestorm.

  • This is a great time for investors to hunt for good value plays, said Bill Smead, CEO and CIO of Smead Capital Management, and Harvey Neiman, portfolio manager of Neiman Large Cap Value Fund.

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  • Monsanto matched market expectations with its earnings results on Thursday and reaffirmed its financial goal for the full year. But Kevin Kirkeby of Standard & Poor’s said he still has a “hold” rating on the stock.

  • 2011 is going to be a better year for the economy than current consensus numbers indicate, said Byron Wien, vice chairman of Blackstone Advisory Partners.

  • How would you like to get paid to underperform? You don't have to be some professional athlete, or even some overpaid CEO of a major corporation. You just need to be a mutual fund manager in 2010. What do I mean?

  • First they nibbled but then the bulls started chomping on Best Buy yesterday, betting that the electronics chain will fight its way back from a major selloff last month.

  • With the increase in advanced-tech smart phone devices, firms focusing on Internet security are going to be the big winners over the next decade, said Adam Holt, global head of software equity research at Morgan Stanley.

  • The McDonalds Corporation’s introduction of ancillary products, such as lattes, smoothies and oatmeal, will hurt profits in the long run, Howard Penney, a restaurant analyst at Hedgeye Risk Management, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • With the private sector creating 297,000 jobs from November to December, Jeff Silber of BMO Capital Markets and Gary Bisbee at Barclays Capital said investors should be prepping to play the jobs recovery.

  • Look to invest in the highest-quality and high-yielding stocks, recommended Channing Smith, vice president and co-manager at Capital Advisors, and Oliver Pursche, president of Gary Goldberg Financial Services.

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    It is the brass-tacks question every stock investor asks: What is this company really worth? But in the rarefied realm of private equity investing, the answer to that question is often hard to find, if it can be found at all, the New York Times reports.