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  • Three Telecom Stocks for The Long Term Tuesday, 23 Dec 2008 | 11:07 AM ET

    Telecommunications stocks have taken a beating of late. But Michael Kovacocy of Daiwa Institute of Research Europe says steep price dives has pushed telecom shares into "deep value territory." He offered CNBC his insights — and favorite stock plays.

  • Eye on Options: Valero Sees a Spike Tuesday, 23 Dec 2008 | 7:34 AM ET

    Valero Energy is seeing some heavy options trading, as put activity Monday more than tripled the daily average volume.

  • Stocks End Lower Amid Gloomy Outlooks Monday, 22 Dec 2008 | 5:10 PM ET

    Stocks ended lower Monday as a pair of lowered outlooks arrived just in time for the holidays.

  • Options Trading Points to NatGas Stock Jump Monday, 22 Dec 2008 | 4:13 PM ET

    Traders are banking on shares of Chesapeake Energy to move higher — but not for a few months. The oil and natural gas company reached a peak near $70 in July, but has fallen hard since then to about $15.25, after spending much of autumn between $10 and $25. Options activity on Monday is focused on the April 27.5 calls...

  • Retail Stock Picks: Why 'Strong' Will Survive Monday, 22 Dec 2008 | 1:37 PM ET

    Desperate strategems fended off sharply reduced retail-store traffic this holiday shopping season, but some names may vanish from the landscape early in the new year. But Kristine Koerber of JMP Securities prefers to focus on the survivors.

  • Long-Term Picks: Banks, Integrated Oil Monday, 22 Dec 2008 | 1:09 PM ET

    Credit continues to crunch. Oil has collapsed. But Jeff Mortimer recommends a bank and an oil giant.  What's going on here?  Hint: The CIO of Charles Schwab Investment Management is thinking long-term.

  • Stocks Slide as Firms Lower Outlooks Monday, 22 Dec 2008 | 12:37 PM ET

    Stocks turned lower Monday as a pair of lowered outlooks arrived just in time for the holidays.

  • Stock Picker: Buy These 4 Financial Stocks Monday, 22 Dec 2008 | 11:14 AM ET

    The bad news is, there's going to be a lot more bad news.  The good news is, it's pretty well priced into the market.  That's how Al Frank Asset Management's chief portfolio manager, John Buckingham, sees it.

  • Mother Lode? A Coal Rebound Play Monday, 22 Dec 2008 | 10:49 AM ET

    Demand for oil will eventually rebound, say analysts — driving up global coal demand in turn. Geoff Beeston, investment advisor at Lonsec, offered CNBC a coal investment with a "very strong" balance sheet.

  • Futures Mixed in Thin Trade Monday, 22 Dec 2008 | 7:35 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open for Wall Street as bad news continued to trickle through before the Christmas holiday.

  • Stock Picker Shops For Retail Stocks Friday, 19 Dec 2008 | 11:23 AM ET

    Brent Wilsey says it's time to go shopping -- for retail stocks.  The president of Wilsey Asset Management even has a shopping list.  "What's happening is that a lot of estimates have come down a lot from 90 days ago, so people think they're going to come down further," he told CNBC.  "A lot of this is built into the stock price already."

  • Option Activity: Apple and Big Banks Friday, 19 Dec 2008 | 10:58 AM ET

    Option expiration days are usually volatile days for the stock market, and this week, there has been some unusual activity in HSBC, JPMorgan Chase and Apple.

  • Investor Sees Big Value Plays Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | 4:35 PM ET

    The current market environment is a value investor’s dream, according to Patrick Becker Jr., co-manager of Becker Capital Management.

  • Retail Stocks Set for Rough Yule, '09 Resurgence Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | 2:56 PM ET

    Citi's Kimberly Greenberger is looking for a turnaround in retail stocks sometime in the second half of next year. In the meantime, even the best of retailers are struggling.

  • Picker: Buy Consumer Stocks (Carefully) Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | 12:03 PM ET

    Jack Ablin says consumer stocks are viable, but they must be picked carefully. "We've divided the consumer market into areas that consumers can buy with cash, versus areas that consumers need financing to buy," the chief investment officer of Harris Private Bank told CNBC.  "Clearly, anything that needs financing to buy is out."

  • Commodity Picks for the Brave Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | 7:11 AM ET

    For brave investors getting back into stocks, Juerg Zingg, managing partner at Q Investments, says that Xstrata, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton are smart bets in the basic resource sector; while oil services companies like Fugro, Seadrill and Noble Corp. are attractive; and refiners such as Valero and Petroplus look good.

  • Stock Picker: My Recession Sectors Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | 2:51 PM ET

    Cozad Asset Management's Ron Kiddoo says stock-market investing is a tricky business, particularly because of the timing — but he thinks the time has come to get involved in some specific sectors.

  • Hot Options Trading: Commodity ETFs Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | 2:41 PM ET

    The options volumes on commodity ETFs are crazy busy Wednesday. The GLD exchange traded fund, which is designed to reflect the price of gold bullion, is seeing some 90,000 contracts change hands against average daily turnover of 53,000. Also: Options action on crude oil, silver and gold mining ETFs!

  • Video: Money May 'Flood' These Sectors! Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | 11:57 AM ET

    Stock markets are backsliding on "Fed fatigue" — but strategists Jim O'Shaughnessy and Jim Herrell told CNBC that certain sectors are going to be "flooded" with money in the wake of the Fed decision.

  • BlackRock's Doll: Buy More Risk! Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | 11:12 AM ET

    BlackRock vice chairman and global chief investment officer of equities Bob Doll says it's time to re-introduce risk into portfolios.