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  • Options volume in Ford Motor swelled today as bulls moved in with force to snap up call options, or bets that Ford's stock will rise further above the 52 week high level that shares reached today.

  • Stocks are flat ahead of the opening, though stock markets worldwide are springing higher on the back of Wall Street's gains Wednesday. The focus today is on the Fed.

  • Stock futures point lower this morning after a weak showing in equities markets worldwide. European stocks are trading lower, and Asian markets were mostly down overnight. Volatility will no doubt be the tone of the day, as the Fed starts its two-day meeting. Durable goods fell 2.8%, below expectations. The dollar slid after the report and Treasurys rallied.

  • Stock futures are perking up this morning after three sessions of selling. Housing starts for May are reported today and there are a few earnings reports to make headlines.

  • In a special edition of "Power Lunch at the Four Seasons," Abby Joseph Cohen, the chief U.S. portfolio strategist at Goldman Sachs, offered her perspective on the markets, the S&P 500 and the global economy to CNBC's Bill Griffeth.

  • With the second half beginning next week, two market analysts joined "Morning Call" to give their outlook for stocks for the remainder of 2007. Charles Bobrinskoy, vice chairman and director of research at Ariel Capital Management, is "somewhere between cautious and bearish," while Patricia Chadwick, president of Ravengate Partners, "is not as worried."

  • An uptick in bond yields and rising oil prices are adding pressure to stock futures after yesterday's rocky trading day. Asian stocks were higher overnight, but European markets are wilting this morning.

  • Stock futures are laying a firm foundation for a higher opening today, as some big earnings dominate the morning headlines. Morgan Stanley stock is climbing after the firm reported a 41% increase in profit.

  • As stocks overcame weak housing data Tuesday morning, market experts shared insights on “Morning Call.” Scott Fullman, director of investment strategy at Israel A. Englander, highlighted the market’s “strong resiliency.” ... And Bill Nichols, senior managing director of equity at Bear Sterns, said new highs for “mega-caps” are good for the overall market.

  • Inflation data will set the agenda today as traders await the release of the CPI. Stock markets around the world are higher.

  • "Value" and "growth" mean different things to different analysts. Two fund managers, Turner Investment Partners' William McVail, and Putnam Investments' David King, explained to "Morning call" viewers how they define the investment terms -- and named the stocks they like.

  • On “Morning Call,” Brian Stine, investment strategist at Allegiant Asset Management, and Edgar Peters, chief investment officer at PanAgora Asset Management, discussed the best places for investors’ money during the current volatile market.

  • There's been a dramatic increase in options  trading.

  • CNBC Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn is on the trail of a controversial former corporate executive who prosecutors say has fled the country.  Cohn and a producer have traveled to the African nation of Namibia, searching for former Comverse CEO Jacob "Kobi" Alexander.  Cohn has filed his first video dispatch from Namibia and you can see it here only on CNBC.com.

  • CNBC Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn is on the trail of a controversial former corporate executive who prosecutors say has fled the country.  Cohn and a producer have traveled to the African nation of Namibia, searching for former Comverse CEO Jacob "Kobi" Alexander.  Cohn has filed his first video dispatch from Namibia and you can see it here only on CNBC.com.

  • A Namibian court on Friday postponed until June 25 an extradition case involving fugitive U.S. millionaire Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, who is wanted in the United States on charges of manipulating stock options.

  • Former Comverse Technology CEO Jacob “Kobi” Alexander has come to start a new life—and maybe avoid prosecution on options fraud charges in New York.

  • CNBC Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn is in Namibia, searching for former Comverse CEO Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, who faces charges in the United States that he orchestrated a massive options backdating scheme.    In an exclusive interview, Cohn spoke with Richard Metcalfe, Alexander's lawyer in Namibia.

  • After weeks of seeing various market indexes set records, it’s not unusual to see my magic market spreadsheet “go green” -- an expression coined, because when an index or stock exceeds some prior high, the spreadsheet is rigged to display “new record” in green. However, Google’s move to a record high today was unusual...

  • IBM misled investors by overestimating the impact of stock-based compensation expenses on quarterly earnings in 2005, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said.