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    Back in July, the Death Cross was all the rage. Last week, the market quietly stepped through the Golden Cross and hardly anybody noticed.

  • JPMorgan kicked off the major banks to report earnings Wednesday, posting a better-than-expected profit, helped by lower loan losses in its retail and credit card units. So is this the time for investors to buy banks? Matt McCormick, banking analyst and portfolio manager at Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel and Chris Kotowski, senior research analyst at Oppenheimer & Co. shared their insights.

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    Bruce Harting, managing director of Barclays Capital, was named the top consumer finance analyst by Institutional Investors’ 2010 All-America Research Team survey Wednesday. He shared his sector outlook and best plays.

  • It’s a great time to be in the large cap dividend stocks, said John Morris, managing partner at Crestwood Advisors, and Sarat Sethi, partner and portfolio manager at Douglas C. Lane & Associates. They shared their best plays.

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    If you go by some recent notable analysts' reports, we are headed for a municipal bond crisis to rival the financials' collapse of 2008. This doomsday prognosis is simply overblown, and here's why.

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    The four largest health insurance companies in the US denied coverage to more than half a million individuals because of their pre-existing conditions from 2007 to 2009, according to a congressional investigation.

  • Short interest outstanding of Bank of America jumped to 153 million shares from 128 million during the first half of the month. Bank of America is also the third largest short position on the NYSE. A report from TheStreet.

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    Gabriel Moreen of Bank of America/Merrill Lynch was named the top Master Limited Partnerships (MLP) analyst by Institutional Investors’ 2010 All-American Research Team survey on Tuesday. He shared his sector outlook and best plays.

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    Lisa Gill of JPMorgan was named the top health care analyst by Institutional Investors’ 2010 All-America Research Team survey on Tuesday. She shared her sector outlook and best plays.

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    When Russia’s largest internet group, Mail.ru, announced investors would have an opportunity to take an indirect stake in the social networking site, it begged the following question:

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    The major issue for banks this quarter is that core earnings are going down for the industry and that’s what investors will be looking at, said Richard Bove, financial strategist at Rochdale Securities.

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    Regulators are struggling to create a global mechanism that could wind down a big financial institution without the disruption caused by Lehman Brothers’ collapse in 2008, reports the Financial Times.

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    Here are 9 dirt-cheap stocks that analysts gave positive reviews, in part because they're so cheap. Some are predicted to double or triple in the next year. They're ordered by forward earnings multiple, from cheap to cheapest.  ...A report from TheStreet.

  • The dollar continued to fall Monday, after declining more than 8 percent in the previous quarter. How will the weak dollar impact companies when they start to report earnings? Alan Lancz, president of Alan B. Lancz & Associates, shared his outlook.

  • Most market participants expect the Federal Reserve to resume buying assets, and do so in a sizeable way, according to a CNBC survey. How will the move affect markets? Jim Lacamp, portfolio manager at Macropotfolio Advisors and Craig Peckham, managing director and equity product strategist at Jefferies shared their outlooks.

  • Is a national moratorium on foreclosures the right thing to do—and what does it mean for the banking stocks? Jim Meyer, CIO and co-founder at Tower Bridge Advisors, shared his insights.

  • Gannett is ripping higher, and traders are looking for more upside ahead of the company's earnings report at the end of this week.


    "Executives are thinking about deferred compensation choices — deferring bonuses and income, which they can choose to do," says Greg Rosica, a tax partner at Ernst & Young.  ...A report from TheStreet.

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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.