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  • Prime Kindgom Holdings: GM & Citi

    Soft drinks are set to sizzle this summer as temperatures rise, according to David Silver, an equity research analyst covering companies in the beverage sector with Wall Street Strategies, and John Faucher, a senior analyst at JP Morgan covering U.S. beverage stocks.

  • "Andy Warhol was correct about the market: [every data point] has a shelf life of 15 minutes," said Art Cashin, director of floor operations for UBS Financial Services. He offered CNBC his outlook on inflation, Ben Bernanke and Federal Reserve policy, and the markets.

  • The $4 billion Sequoia Fund, rated five stars by Morningstar, is being cautious, taking small positions in companies here and there and sticking with what it knows, said David Poppe, the fund's co-manager.

  • Sonus Networks is holding an investor meeting Thursday morning, and bulls are hoping for good news.

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    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has indicated that the hurdle for QE3  (a third round of quantitative easing) is very high. Other Fed governors have echoed this sentiment and, given the QE2-backlash from politicians and the recent ramp in commodity prices, the Fed wouldn't consider more easing unless deflation emerged and a double-dip recession loomed. ...A report from TheStreet.

  • United Continental Holdings took off with upside option activity, as an early pullback in the price of oil gave airline stocks a lift.

  • Dow Chemical has faltered after starting the year with a bang, but one bull is looking for more upside by late summer.

  • Twitter

    Some investors are using Twitter to track market trends and make decisions about where to put their money. Each Friday on CNBC, we answer stock trading questions sent to us through tweets by viewers. We can't get to them all on-air, so we're doing it online.

  • Novartis has won the auction for medical testing company Gen-Probe, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

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    The hurdle for a third round of monetary-policy easing is very high, according to Fed officials, especially given the recent run-up in commodities. Consequently, it may be an ideal time to buy stocks, as many may fall to attractive discounts.  ...A report from TheStreet.

  • VirnetX is shaping up to be the next big tech battleground stock. As with all battleground stocks, this one has a great story. In a nutshell: It makes security software for 4G phones. If all goes well, based on everything the company and its promoters say, every 4G wireless manufacturer will need to license its technology.

  • Options activity on Friday was wildly bullish in Southwestern Energy, which was the subject of takeover talk last week. More than 26,000 calls changed hands versus less than 2,800 puts. Chevron is seen as a suitor.

  • Groupon

    Although Groupon plans to trade under ticker “GRPN,” a notable omission from its filing is where it will trade.

  • Gold "is behaving like a true currency," believes John Bridges, metals and mining analyst at J.P. Morgan. He and John Fisher, portfolio manager and director of large and midcap growth strategies at Fifth Third Asset Management offered CNBC their commodities outlooks and investment ideas.

  • More than 6,500 July 15 calls changed hands yesterday (Thursday), with most of the big blocks pricing for $0.70 to $0.80.

  • Even the most bullish of prospective buyers have become wary of the name. But rather than an outright purchase of shares, this provides a classic example of a situation where options can provide a better risk/reward proposition.

  • United States Federal Reserve

    One reason the U.S. may continue to be an attractive investment market is its monetary policy. ...A report from TheStreet.

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    In May, Wal-Mart reported its eighth consecutive quarterly decline in U.S. same-store sales. While this can, in part, be blamed on the difficulties facing its cash-strapped core shopper, several internal gaffes have also led to the company's struggles at home. ...A report from TheStreet.

  • Peru

    Peru's presidential election this Sunday offers investors a chance to bet on which stocks will be winners if pro-market candidate Keiko Fujimori manages to defeat leftist Ollanta Humala.

  • Stock Bargains in a Soft Market

    Looking for bargain stocks in a soft market, with Edward Crotty, Davidson Investment Advisors; Joe Heider, Rehmann Financial, and Todd Colvin, MF Global.