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  • Despite the high unemployment rate, we may see an increase in labor costs in 2011 that will put pressure on corporate margins, Tobias Levkovich, Citi’s chief US equity strategist, told CNBC.

  • Pointing to large-cap picks, Bill Spiropoulos, CEO of CoreStates Capital Advisors, and Keith Goddard, president of Capital Advisors, suggested that investors look into the following stocks.

  • Microsoft’s Kinect was a solid hit this holiday season, but the game console’s success alone may not be enough to boost the video game industry for next year, said Evan Wilson, entertainment analyst at Pacific Crest Securities.

  • Markets are going to be “very frustrating” for both bullish and bearish investors next year, according to Ken Fisher, founder and chairman of Fisher Investments and a Forbes columnist.

  • The retail industry's good fortune has largely eluded Children's Place this holiday shopping season, but option traders are showing optimism in the near term.

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    Facebook likes big numbers — it now has more than 500 million users, each one of whom can have as many as 5,000 friends. Yet as a privately held company, its ownership base must remain small, or it will have to disclose publicly its financial results, the New York Times reports.

  • Jim Cramer

    People do a lot of top-down analysis at this time of the year, trying to figure out how much the Dow and the S&P could go up — or down — in the coming year. That's not my style. As someone who is a stock picker, I like a bottom's-up approach, analyzing each Dow component to come up with what I think the most visible index will deliver in 2011. ...A report from TheStreet.

  • China's central bank raised interest rates over the weekend for the second time in just over two months, making investors nervous over the country’s economic future. But Jim Oberweis of Oberweis Asset Management said to continue investing in the country, as longer-term returns will be worth the bumpy ride.

  • While stocks may see a pullback in the next few weeks, investors should use the opportunity to buy because markets are ultimately positioned to rally next year, according to two strategists.

  • The stock market is likely to see "another double-digit return next year," said James Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management.

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    The pile of 2011 forecasts is already pretty high, so I’m going up-the-ante a bit a give three predictions for the year 2021. More specifically—these are my predictions for the next 10 years, since it’s my contention that real gains are made over 3 to 5 year time horizons. Without further ado, here are the three market trends I expect will dominate the next decade.

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    Investors have lost billions in Chinese reverse takeover companies that trade on U.S. exchanges. In an investigative series, TheStreet examines the role of regulators in the RTO process. (Part 2)

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    Adam Seessel manages the RiverPark/Gravity Long-Biased Fund, which was launched Oct. 1 at $10 a share and recently traded at $10.29. The fund invests primarily in large-cap companies, but has the ability to short stocks as well. Here are his market outlook and top stock picks.  ...A report from TheStreet.

  • Liz Claiborne drew upside options for the second day in a row as the apparel retailer followed the rest of the sector higher this holiday shopping season.

  • Investors should look into stocks that offer a dividend payout, said Joseph Keating, executive vice president and CIO of CenterState Bank, and Chip Cobb, senior vice president at Bryn Mawr Trust.

  • Tech stocks have been the high flyers this year, with the Nasdaq beating both the Dow and S&P 500. But going forward, watch out for stocks that might be too pricey, said Richard Davis, managing director and senior software analyst at Canaccord Genuity.

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    Individuals with direct knowledge of the investigation say that the SEC is focusing on stock promoters, investment bankers, auditors and law firms that have been active in recruiting Chinese companies to U.S. stock exchanges and raising capital for those companies by selling new shares. ...A report from TheStreet.

  • While 2010 has been a year for the regional banks, 2011 will be best for the large financials, said Jeffery Harte, managing director in equity research at Sandler O’Neill.

  • CNO Financial has leveled off after a nice rally this month, but one bull believes that more gains are on the horizon for the insurance company.

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    News on Tuesday that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Chinese reverse mergers spotlights something I’ve been saying for months if not years: Buyer beware.