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  • Tumbling oil prices should send investors toward the people who own and run refineries, says SmartMoney senior markets editor Russell Pearlman.

  • Merrill Lynch, Amgen, and some medical instrument outfits are getting a lot of options action this week, according to one observer.

  • Jon Hilsenrath of The Wall Street Journal offered his weekly "Five for five": the five companies and their stocks that you must pay attention to this week.

  • The failure of IndyMac has terrified some investors about regional banks. Sandler O'Neill banking analyst Kevin Fitzsimmons is picking stocks carefully.

  • It may be difficult, but it is possible to live without oil. But that cannot be said for water. Debra Coy is making water flow into investors' portfolios.

  • Where are gold prices going? Gold can either consolidate through until Sept. 12 and then make a breakout from the $957 level -- or it can trade up to $1023.72 by Aug. 21, says Richard Morrish from MIG Investments.

  • Some of the world's red-hot economies may be losing their clout, but Peter Andersen still thinks American companies with significant international exposure are the best ideas for investors.

  • Looking to get your portfolio back on its feet?  Susquehanna Financial Group's John Shanley says stocks of certain shoe companies are some of the best buys on the market today.

  • "The whole world is negative, and scared to death," but Bill Spiropoulos sees opportunities all over the place -- from global infrastructure build-out to consumer stocks.

  • Options trading: What clues are there for investors? Jon Najarian, OptionMonster.com co-founder and frequent Fast Money guest, offered CNBC his insights on Friday's options action.

  • David Goldberg, analyst at UBS, gives investors some stock tips on some homebuilding companies.

  • America's electric utilities are about to sink a small fortune into an upgrade of the U.S. power grid.  How can an investor plug in?  JPMorgan's Andrew Smith has some ideas.

  • David Sowerby's top stock pick is a homebuilder!  The chief market analyst at Loomis Sayles cites "quality" -- and he also carefully selected a couple of tech companies...

  • No oil here. Bob Pisani talks up a new Middle East-oriented ETF: The Van Eck Market Vectors Gulf States Index. It offers investors access to 40 companies, based in key U.S. allies Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and the UAE. But no oil firms are involved...

  • What's moving in the options market? BJ's Wholesale Club, Wells Fargo, and Coal, according to Rebecca Darst of Interactive Brokers.

  • Oil price slides haven't changed Eitan Bernstein's investment in oil-company stocks.  "Our investment strategy is focused on selectivity, basically, understanding the volatility in commodity prices," he told CNBC.  "We try to focus on the best names in the group."

  • The worst time to sell into the equity markets is when risk appetite is low, says Khiem Do, head of Asian multi-asset strategy at Baring Asset Management.

  • Michael Corbett, portfolio manager at Perritt Micro Cap Opportunities Fund, says high oil prices offer investors opportunity -- via micro cap energy companies.

  • Once it was art.  Once it was cool.  Now, it's just an ugly mess.  Tattoo removal is a growing trend, something Formula Capital's James Altucher says is not likely to go away soon.  So how does this translate into shrewd additions to a portfolio?

  • Maybe Wall Street really is drunk. Somehow the Biblical parable ''the last shall be first and the first shall be last" is shaping up to be the dominant theme this earnings season. E.g., in the past two weeks, the Financial and Discretionary sectors have dominated the market...