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    Stocks turned negative as energy prices continued an aggressive slide and outweighed a surge in banking stocks. Stocks were mixed earlier as banking leaders surged on positive comments from analyst Meredith Whitney but technology stocks slumped amid economic worries. Read and listen to what the experts had to say…

  • Contrary indicators: Analysts including Meredith Whitney expect a short-term jump for financials inc. Goldman Sachs — but Whitney also predicted 13 percent unemployment. Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS, offered CNBC his stock-market outlook.

  • Small cap funds have outperformed large cap funds year to date, 2.05 percent to 1.90 percent respectively, and could continue to do so as investors seek stable growth.

  • Twenty of the last 28 Fridays have seen announcements of bank failures. Will this trend come to an end anytime soon? Walter Mix, former commissioner of the California Department of Financial Institutions, and Fred Cannon, KBW co-director of research, offered their outlooks for financials.

  • What's the summer outlook for the market? Steen Jakobsen of Capinordic sees a "funeral" coming. "Policy makers have been buying time — and the technicals, the ticker is running out of time," the hedge fund manager told CNBC.

  • Investing in water infrastructure has become a key response to the financial crisis, according to Janney Montgomery Scott Senior Analyst Debra Coy and Brean Murray, Carret & CO. Sr. VP of Research Michael Gaugler.

  • Options traders were bullish on Cisco Systems yesterday, apparently in early speculation over the networking technology giant's earnings report next month.

  • Technology giant Dell was raised to conviction list buy from neutral by Goldman Sachs Friday, due to its significant operating leverage and its ability to capitalize on the corporate PC upgrade cycle.

  • The bears have tasted the blood of Infosys and are moving in for the kill. OptionMonster's tracking systems detected the purchase of 14,651 July 35 puts for $1.65 and the sale of 14,021 August 40 calls for $0.45. ... The move was almost identical to a similar trade last week...

  • Art Cashin, director of floor operations for UBS Financial Services, offered CNBC his take on what traders are saying Thursday.

  • Sam Stovall of Standard & Poor's and Christopher Zook of Caz Investments had some bad news and some good news. They each think the economy still looks awful — but there are ways to play it.

  • NYSE Euronext said Wednesday its public Web site, NYSE.com, was the target of a "denial of service" cyber attack, according to authorities.

  • At least one big trader is buying puts in the IYT exchange traded fund, looking for the transport sector to take a dive.

  • Health care is the only major sector to earn positive gains since the stock market topped out last month, suggesting that sentiment has shifted to a more traditional bear-market perspective.

  • Retail stocks are at a critical juncture at this point, and along with that comes the largest option trades of the day. Read on to see what it is.

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    Are banks asphyxiating the recovery by hoarding money? Matt McCormick, banking analyst at Bahl & Gaynor, and Rick Santelli debate the question.

  • Two market obsessions now: Earnings season kicks off Wednesday with Alcoa; and debate rages over the need for a second stimulus package. Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS, offered CNBC his stock-market insights.

  • As the price of oil hovered above $64 a barrel Tuesday, Barclays made sweeping changes to its price targets and ratings for some of the biggest players in the crude industry.

  • Doug MacKay of Broadleaf Partners and Bill Spiropoulos of Corestates Capital Advisors agree: The March bottom will hold — and you want to be in equities now.

  • Five-star fund manager Richard Parower seeks "growth at the right price" — and he says there's plenty to be found in technology stocks. The handler of the Seligman Global Technology Fund — up 26 percent year-to-date — shared his top picks with CNBC.