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    Among the most wrong-headed of possible SEC proposals to “fix” the markets is a sentimental appeal to establish a “special status” for market makers like the days of old when “the specialists on the dominant exchanges were subject to significant trading obligations designed to promote fair and orderly markets and fair treatment of investors.”

  • Stocks were mixed Friday as investors digested the implications of a weak jobs report. Bill Spiropoulos, CEO of CoreStates Capital Advisors and Chip Cobb, senior vice president at Bryn Mawr Trust shared their outlooks.

  • Stocks slipped Friday after a disappointing jobs report heightened expectations that that the Federal Reserve will pump more money into the financial system—action known as quantitative easing—to help spur growth. Arthur Hogan, director of global equity products at Jefferies, shared his insights.

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    The investor remains cautious, due to the recession and the so-called flash crash in May, TD Ameritrade CEO Frederic Tomczyk told CNBC Friday, but he said that he or she will eventually come back.

  • PepsiCo’s net income rose 12 percent on strong sales gains abroad and strength in its drinks and snacks division. However, the beverage giant lowered the top end of its guidance for the fiscal year because it expects to be hurt by changes in currency exchange rates. Jonathan Feeney, senior analyst at Janney Montgomery, shared his insights.

  • Should you be a trader or an investor in this type of volatile market? Scott Redler, chief strategist officer at T3live.com shared his insights.

  • Since the Dow first settled above 11,000 on May 3, 1999, it has closed above this milestone 27% of the time (780 out of the last 2,878 trading sessions, or 11+ years of trading). Here are some vital stats, including oil, gold, bonds and stocks the Dow dropped since 1999.

  • Stocks struggled to stay higher Thursday, as the Dow approached 11,000 for the first time since May. Sandy Lincoln, chief investment strategist at M&I Investment Management and Eugene Peroni, SVP and portfolio manager at Advisors Asset Management discussed their insights.

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    The headline numbers for PepsiCo look solid. They met expectations on the bottom line with a profit of $1.22 per share, and revenue was better than estimates at $15.51 billion. But on the conference call, most of the analyst questions focused on the guidance.

  • A group of Washington Mutual creditors have signed on to a settlement that pushes the bank's reorganization plan a step closer to approval.

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    When it comes to visibility and influence, Goldman Sachs is as noticeable on Pennsylvania Avenue as it is on Wall Street. But that may be changing, as a result of the firm's recent legal and public relations problems.

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    Despite the recent run-up in stocks, Kyle Bass, managing partner of Hyman Capital, thinks other asset classes are better for investors.

  • Stocks struggled Wednesday as the prospect of the Fed resuming Treasury purchases to boost the economy countered a disappointing report on private sector hiring. Scott Billeadeau, managing director at Fifth Third Asset Management and Kent Croft, CIO and portfolio manager at Croft Value Fund discussed their insights.

  • Stocks struggled Wednesday following a round of tepid jobs reports. Can the rally continue? Gordon Charlop, managing director at Rosenblatt Securities and CNBC market analyst and Joseph Greco, managing director at Meridian Equity Partners shared their outlooks.

  • Gold rose to a second successive record high near $1,350 an ounce Wednesday. How far will the precious metal go and how can investors profit? Joe Foster, portfolio manager at Van Eck International Gold Fund shared his best plays.

  • US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will call on emerging nations to show more flexibility on currencies in exchange for a greater say in international financial institutions, a Treasury official told CNBC Wednesday.

  • BP has lost much of the public's attention more than five months after its disastrous oil spill but continues to fight back higher.

  • The growing popularity of online radio may be opening a mixed bag of sorts for Sirius XM shareholders even though its stock hit a 52-week high today.

  • Stocks had the best September in over 70 years. So can the rally continue this month? Peter Boockvar, equity strategist at Miller Tabak and David Kelly, chief market strategist at JPMorgan Funds shared their insights.

  • Banks were the biggest laggards on the S&P 500 last quarter so how should investors play the sector going forward? Ron Carson, CEO and founder of Carson Wealth Management and Lisa Welch, portfolio manager at John Hancock Regional Bank Fund shared their sector outlooks.