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  • AutoNation dipped down as much as 14 percent Friday, and one trader is using the options to take a further bearish position.

  • After a frantic week on Wall Street, Empire Executions president Peter Costa has some calmly-reasoned ideas about where stock-market investors should put their money.

  • Stocks were mixed Friday after a strong two-week run as financial stocks continued to struggle as some investors locked in profits.  Still, Wall Street could close with its first string of consecutive positive weeks in nearly a year.

  • The economy is on the mend, and stocks are healing right along with it, according to Bernie McGinn of McGinn, McKean and O'Neill. "We're a firm that believes that the economy is going to be significantly higher a year from now," he told CNBC. "The markets are starting to look past the current crisis to the recovery."

  • David Sowerby is a firm believer in the power of "the micro-aspects of individual companies."  The chief market analyst of Loomis Sayles says that power will ultimately triumph over the lack of investor confidence and over mis-guided government policies.

  • Stocks looked set to extend losses at the opening bell Friday, with financial stocks still struggling in global markets and the administration and lawmakers grappling with the fallout over bonuses paid out at American International Group.

  • Shares of Las Vegas Sands have risen roughly 65 percent in the last week, and options traders apparently see lots of room for more upside.

  • Software analyst John DiFucci notes a startling development at Oracle.  "What we've seen all across the S&P is, people cutting their dividends, cutting them significantly; Oracle's instituting a new dividend," he told CNBC. "What that says is, Oracle's management team is confident in its free cash flow."

  • The Federal Reserve fueled the rally on Wall Street Wednesday after the central bank announced a plan to buy U.S. debt.

  • Financials seem to be a four-letter word these days, but there’s one area of the sector that generally has fared better than the “too big to fail” segment: regional banks. Here's the explanation — and a way to play the trend.

  • Stocks opened lower Wednesday, retracing the previous session's rally, as investors were jittery ahead of the AIG CEO's appearance on Capitol Hill today and the Federal Reserve's statement after a two-day meeting.

  • Doug MacKay, president and CIO of Broadleaf Partners, is big on early cycle and innovation plays: "I think you want to focus on...consumer discretionary and even financials that usually emerge out of (recession) earliest."

  • Put options are trading heavily in Alcoa as it continues to fall since slashing its divided by 82 percent Monday. Here's what options traders are buying...

  • Stock index futures pointed to a lower opening Wednesday, following the previous day's rally, as investors remained wary for AIG's chief executive to step up to Capitol Hill and the Federal Reserve to conclude its two-day monetary policy meeting.

  • The abrupt end of Wall Street's latest rally proves once again that short-term investing is a hazardous business, according to Sarat Sethi of Douglas C. Lane & Associates. That having been said, there are more short-term opportunities coming.

  • Expedia is attracting heavy call activity Tuesday, as the online travel agency continues to rebound from levels last week that neared its 52-week lows. The 20-day average options volume for EXPE is 600 contracts per day, but the first hour of today's session alone saw 7,600 calls trade against 1,000 puts

  • Jeffrey Saut of Raymond James says there's a chance that we've seen the bottom of this market, and he's got some selections for investors as stocks improve.

  • Stocks snapped their winning streak Monday after American Express reported that credit-card deliquencies rose in February. Techs were particularly weak amid worries about tech spending.

  • Stocks advanced Monday as banks continued their winning streak and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's weekend remarks that the recession could end this year fueled some optimism. But weakness in big-name techs dragged on the Nasdaq.

  • Frontier Oil is seeing some interesting options activity after recently receiving some votes of confidence from analysts. The largest volume in FTO options began in the March calls this morning, but activity was quickly building in the April 17.50 calls trading for $0.35 and $0.40.