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  • 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.

  • Dan Eggers says electric utilities can generate portfolio profit -- when they operate in a deregulated environment.

  • Robert Zagunis says investors should put their money into shares of diversified international companies: "where the action is."

  • David Riedel has been thinking about the agricultural challenges facing the world, and he's come up with some ways for investors to harvest profits from the planting and growing of crops.

  • Gary Anderson thinks investors should look beyond America's borders for their stock-market winnings.

  • Todd Weller of Stifel Nicolaus says there's a big opportunity for investors in companies that provide information technology to giant health-care firms.

  • "What do you do when oil's over $130 a barrel, and the subprime-infected stocks are still plaguing the market?" asked David Sowerby of Loomis Sayles.  "You go shopping!"

  • Infrastructure: If they were re-making "The Graduate," that'd be the whispered word of advice.  That's how 5-star fund manager John Derrick sees it.

  • Big jumps for the unemployment rate and the oil prices on the same morning. Christopher Zook says it's stagflation -- and tells you how to defend your portfolio.

  • But Morningstar executive cautioned against TIPS based funds.

  • It's a tough time for an investor to find prosperity -- but Doug Cliggott says it might be found in food-supply stocks.

  • A scuffed-up shoe company and a shining entertainment giant are unlikely companions in the good graces of John Buckingham, the chief portfolio manager of Al Frank Asset Management.

  • Bernie McGinn says it's time for the investor to make a deposit in some selected bank stocks -- because the founder of McGinn Investment Management thinks the subprime crisis has run its course.

  • With high diesel-fuel prices putting the squeeze on trucking, shares of railroad companies are still in the green, according to Kevin Kirkeby of Standard and Poor's, and Lee Klaskow of Longbow Research.

  • Jim Awad thinks an investor should build a stock portfolio with BRICs -- Brazil, Russia, India, and China -- but it's not necessary to leave home to get into that market.

  • The auto industry is scaring investors these days -- but Itay Michaeli, auto and auto-parts analyst for Citi, shows you how to invest in the industry without buying the stocks of big carmakers.