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  • 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.

  • Now is a good time for investors to jump into deeply discounted stocks across all sectors, Ken Fisher, CEO of Fisher Investments, told "Squawk Box Europe" Thursday.

  • Investment banks look to raise new capital and calm the turbulent waves they've been riding, but the recovery is still a long way off, says Meredith Whitney, executive direct of equity research at Oppenheimer & Co.

  • Ben Steverman cautions investors not to paint financial stocks with a broad brush. He urges investment hunters to look at these "non-toxic" financial stocks.

  • Defensive plays with unique momentum trends: that's how Keith Wirtz characterizes the two stocks at the top of his list of picks.  Good advice for players in a volatile market.

  • Traders of late have tied many investment decisions to the price of oil. Jerry Castellini says it's time to stop worrying about oil prices -- and start buying oil and gas stocks.

  • The SEC has its watch list for troubled financial institutions.  But who watches the watchers?  Answer:  Disclosure Insight.  John Gavin is the president of this organization, and focusing on risks instead of returns, his group has raised red flags over some troubled entities.

  • Phil Orlando sees lower oil prices coming, and some shifts in investors' preferences coming along with them.

  • Heat wave:  Paul Fremont, managing director at Jefferies & Co., has some deregulated utility stocks to power your portfolio.