While Asian stocks were predominately lower Thursday on the back of Wall Street's overnight falls, European stocks rose on the back of the UK's government support for the banking sector.
In this volatile climate, experts tell investors to stick to safety.
Guard Against More Market Downside
There could be more downside to the markets, warns Kevin Scully, managing director at NRA Capital. Besides advising investors to hold onto cash, he tells CNBC what other asset classes look attractive to him.
Safety in High Grade Credits
Highest grade credits are safe havens for downside protection, says Paul Schulte, managing director at Nomura International.
Defensive Plays: Counter-Cyclical Stocks
King Lip, porfolio manager at Baker Avenue Asset Managment is bearish on the markets short-term. He tells CNBC that investors should play defensive by investing in counter-cyclical stocks like Autozone and Apollo.
Invest in Energy & Infrastructure
Investors should invest in the clean energy and infrastructure sectors, advises King Lip, porfolio manager at Baker Avenue Asset Managment. He tells CNBC that these sectors will benefit from Obama's commitments to revive the US economy.
Energy Demand Will Stay Soft
Jason Feer, vice president & Singapore bureau chief at Argus Media, says that with crude prices stabilizing at the $40 range, it indicates that markets view OPEC as fairly effective in reigning in supply. He also gives his outlook for energy demand.
Oil at $75 a Barrel? Wait for 2011
Victor Shum, senior principal at Purvin & Gertz, says the downward momentum in Nymex crude pricing has been broken. He discusses the possibility of more output cuts from OPEC.
Gold & Silver May Lose Shine
Expect gold and silver to trade lower, says Mark Hansen, director of trading at CPM Group.