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  • Robert Pavlik of Banyan Partners thinks a lot of his Wall Street colleagues have it all wrong.  That being the case, what should investors be doing?

  • Stocks closed higher as some mildly optimistic economic news helped Wall Street begin the second quarter on a positive note.

  • Health care technology and sanitation loom large in the stock-picking universe of Formula Capital's James Altucher.

  • The NCAA doesn't have a monopoly on the Final Four.  Lazard Capital Markets has issued its list of the four top "buy-rated" stocks at the start of the second quarter.  Lazard's director of research, Paul Noglows, revealed each of the four to CNBC and explained how they made the cut.

  • LED technology company Cree is up 6 percent Wednesday, with huge options activity. The average call activity in CREE for the month of March was 2,200 contracts a day, but today some 23,200 calls changed hands in the first hour of trading alone.

  • Mark Travis, CEO of Intrepid Capital Funds told CNBC, “I think the heavy hand of government has created some volatility — and that’s created an awful good opportunity to acquire financial assets.”

  • Fifth Third Bancorp was one of a long list of regional banks that had been practically left for dead, but yesterday (Tuesday) its shares spiked nearly 18 percent with heavy options activity.

  • US stock index futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street after economic news showed steepening pressure in the jobs market.

  • According to Tom Albanese, CEO of Rio Tinto, infrastructure stocks will see a boost in the second half of 2009 — thanks largely to the U.S. and China.

  • Online ad company ValueClick is burning bright with call activity today, as a new report shows that Internet advertising grew 10.6 percent to $23.4 billion last year.

  • On Thursday, solar exchange traded funds (ETFs) soared by about 17 percent, and some stocks within the funds were up by as much as 50 percent. For the week, the ETFs finished up about 30 percent. What gives?

  • Berkshire Hathaway, which owns 22 percent of Burlington Northern, is being chatted up as a potential buyer of BNI along with Chinese railway operator Guangshen Railway. Does the market rumor meet the "3 Vs" test?

  • Gold is going up, said BlackRock managing director Evy Hambro. Here's why.

  • A number of takeover rumors have been making the rounds, an encouraging sign that capitalistic optimism is returning to the markets.

  • Stocks capped a relatively good week with a thud Friday as investors locked in profits.

  • "There’s a lot out there that’s very attractive from sustainable dividends," said Peter Andersen of Congress Asset Management. He shared a few strategies to boost investors' portfolios before the weekend.

  • The iShares Russell 2000 Index ETF is down more than 2 percent on the day Friday, but calls active in the session suggest traders think the small-cap index could go substantially percent higher in the near term.

  • Stocks fell sharply Friday, led by bank and technology issues, as investors locked in profits after a two-day winning streak.

  • Despite the drawback in stocks this morning, Bill Spiropoulous of CoreStates Capital Advisors told CNBC that the market recovery “is in full swing” — but Joe Heider of Dawson Wealth Management said investors “can’t call the bottom” yet. Both had investment recommendations.

  • US stock index futures pared losses slightly Friday after a report showed personal spending rose for a second straight month.