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  • Gregory Church has two big contrarian plays for investors. One is as good as gold, and the other involves another refining process.

  • Stocks pushed higher as oil plunged for the second day in a row and financials staged an across-the-board rally that stemmed investor pessimism about the effects of inflation on the economy.

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    First things first. I promised our US viewers a couple of handy phrases to learn now that Anheuser-Busch has embraced the Belgian/Brazilian combo at Inbev. If toasting your Belgian acquirer: ‘a votre sante’ or ‘ap uw gezondheid’ will suffice – of course being mindful of the need to work out whether they are from the Flemish or Franco side of the country.

  • Joe Magyer, senior analyst at The Motley Fool, offered CNBC three reasons why investors may get burned with solar stocks.

  • Jim Rogers has a sector pick -- and a major pan: The investor nixed a Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac bailout. So what -does- he like?

  • Fort Pitt Capital Group's Kim Caughey is charged up about General Electric.

  • Forget congressional bluster about "speculators" -- commodities prices have barely begun to climb. So says John Roque of Natixis Bleichroeder -- and he has ideas for investors.

  • Options activity for Lehman Bros. and the financial sector as a whole continues to be extremely volatile, according to one analyst.

  • Goldman Sachs' Abby Joseph Cohen told CNBC Monday that the fair value of the S&P 500 is at 1,400 -- nearly 200 higher than its current level.

  • Marc Ostwald at Monument Securities said the mortgage giants might be a smart buy now --  despite concerns about their future.

  • At a time of market uncertainty, what can an investor count on?  Knee replacements, for one thing.  Bruce Nudell, UBS senior research analyst, takes that as his cue in picking some promising stocks.

  • Joe Clark is one of many financial observers who says these are uncertain times.  But he's one of a few who'll tell you what to do about it.

  • Diagnostic firms DiaSorin and Biomerier and oil storage company Vopak are three small-cap stocks with promising growth prospects, Dave Dudding, fund manager from Threadneedle Investments, told CNBC.

  • The stock market brought a dramatic end to a chaotic week on Wall Street. CNBC talked to the experts about how to play stocks, bonds and oil into the weekend and upcoming week.

  • Peter Misek at Canaccord Adams says “tech -- both in growth and earnings are going to look pretty good."

  • America's oil crisis should be re-branded "renewable energy opportunity," says Rob Lutts, CIO of Cabot Money Management. He offered CNBC wind and solar stock picks.

  • The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index or the VIX, Wall Street's main barometer of investor fear, shot up on Friday as many anxious players sought options to guard their portfolios.

  • Short sellers are rightly targeting Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, said Manny Weintraub of Integre Advisors.

  • It's been an awful week for stocks, but Evan Smith insists it's a perfect time to buy.

  • A U.S. government bail out of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could cause a further weakening of the dollar, Manus Cranny from MF Global told CNBC Friday.