Best trades on CNBC Thursday: Cramer compares sports-betting stocks, pros on PayPal, and an oil pick

A summary of CNBC’s top stock picks on Thursday.

The S&P 500 is testing a critical chart level that could determine whether there’s a year-end rally

A trader working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Spencer Platt | Getty Images Strategists who watch stock charts say the market is at a pivotal point, and action on Thursday and Friday could be important in setting direction for the rest of the year. .

Goldman likes these stocks but the rest of Wall Street does not

A person wearing a protective glove carries a bag outside a Shake Shack during the coronavirus pandemic on April 20, 2020 in New York City. Noam Galley | Getty Images Most Wall Street analysts are telling customers to stay away from shares of fast food chain Shake Shack or hotel chains like Hyatt and Marriott … Read more

Most owners rely on holiday sales to survive

This holiday season, your decision to “shop a little” may help your favorite local store keep its doors open for another year. That’s according to 523 small business owners surveyed by American Express in October, 78% of whom said their holiday sales this year will likely determine whether they can stay afloat in 2022. Complicating … Read more

Amazon to stop accepting Visa credit cards issued in the UK

Leon Neal | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON – Amazon plans to stop accepting payments made with UK-issued Visa credit cards from next year. The e-commerce giant told some customers that from January 19 onwards, the company will not accept Visa credit cards issued in Britain due to the high fees charged by … Read more

Here are Warren Buffett's latest stock bets, including a flooring stock and pharma name

The legendary investor built a $475 million stake in Royalty Pharma, and owned more than 13,000 shares at the end of September. .

The Fed is set to unwind its pandemic-era policies. Here's how Wall Street pros are playing it

The central bank is expected to announce its plan to reduce asset purchases on Wednesday. .

Ford, eBay, Tesla, Merck, more

Ford Motor Co CEO Jim Farley walks to speak at a press conference at the Rogue Complex in Dearborn, Michigan, September 17, 2020. Rebecca Cook | Reuters Check out which companies are making the headlines in midday trading. Ford Motor – The automaker’s shares are up more than 9% after a stellar earnings report. Ford … Read more

Goldman Sachs enlists American Express to take on cash management titans like Citigroup

The Goldman Sachs logo appears on the smartphone screen. Omar Marquez | SOPA photos | Light Rocket | Getty Images CNBC has learned that Goldman Sachs is collaborating with American Express to upgrade its digital cash management offering. The investment bank relies on the world’s largest issuer of commercial charge cards as it seeks to … Read more