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  • Stocks of companies that make fertilizers and other agriculture-related chemical products have been thriving, even in a dismal market environment.  But chemicals analyst Michael Judd of Greenwich Consultants thinks they've still got room to grow.

  • The American economy may sputter, Europe may be slowing down -- but Ronald Weiner's money is on infrastructure build-out.

  • Getting profits from the pipeline is more than a metaphor for Joseph Keating.  The CIO of private asset management for RBC Bank recommends the stocks of two pipeline companies.

  • Craig Hodges has some big ideas about small caps: an unusual oil-services play and even one in the financial space!

  • Five-star fund manager Gerald Jordan finds power for his portfolio across the spectrum of energy stocks: two "traditional" plays and two China solar energy stocks.

  • The flooding in Iowa has spread its economic stress to more than just rising corn prices. Many Iowa-based companies are also feeling the strain, causing production to stop and stocks to move.

  • For the first time since it went public in 1994, Lehman Brothers has posted a quarterly loss. But Morningstar's Ryan Lentell says you should still consider brokerage shares.

  • Ted Parrish, co-portfolio manager of the Henssler Equity Fund, thinks it's time to buy some out-of-favor sectors like consumer cyclicals -- and even financials.

  • Small- and mid-cap firms -- like a chemical-additive company, a software producer, and a tire-maker -- add up to a smart portfolio, according to 5-star fund manager Jonathan Vyorst. PLUS: Web-Exclusive picks!

  • What's bubbling in the options market? General Electric and financials, according to one tracker.

  • Steve Weeple, head of U.S. equities for Standard Life Investments, has some suggestions about where to find the most energetic equities.

  • Options were active in GE and Goldman Sachs last week, according to one observer.

  • The week began with a flashback to the credit crisis.  It ended with figures showing the fastest inflation in six months and the lowest consumer-sentiment reading in 28 years.  Along the way, as the stock market ebbed and flowed, CNBC guests assembled a collective portfolio that was heavy on technology, energy, and global exposure.

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    Refiners have been a tough trade, despite the price of crude. Here's one that could be ready to break out.

  • Barry James has a checklist for worthy investments.  To be attractive, a stock must have good relative value, good historical corporate earnings, and good relative price strength.

  • How are you honoring your father this Father's Day?  With a tie?  A recycled birthday present? How about some stock?

  • The New York Stock Exchange, on Wall Street, downtown Manhattan.

    Morgan Stanley issued an interesting report on Thursday. They upgraded financials to a neutral weight, and I thought their reasoning was sound and creative.

  • "We've had a bear market," David Katz of Matrix Asset Advisors told CNBC.  "We think the next move in the market is going to start to discount a better `09, and a lot of these problems being resolved, and so we'd be buying into this weakness."  Not only is Katz buying, he's buying financials!

  • One company rode the tech bubble of the 1990s; the other is part of the ill-starred fraternity of bond insurers.  What do they have in common?  Matthew Kaufler of Touchstone Value Opportunities thinks investors ought to give them a look.

  • Barry Ritholtz has had a "sell" on Lehman Brothers for several months.  The latest management turmoil just confirms his view.