Stock pick and pans: GE, BA, SLB, AMZN, AAPL, VCS, CVX, CAT, ANF ...

Wall Street has just begun a shortened trading week following the President's Day holiday. With the surprise rebound in retail sales and the stimulus bill President Obama is reportedly about to sign today, could stock markets also stage a rebound from the previous week's declines?

So far, it doesn't seem likely, but if they do, you may want to consider some stock picks from BloggingStocks and around the Web:

General Electric (NYSE: GE) is a buy for four reasons: GE will participate in the coming economic recovery, institutional investors will then return into the stock, the stock is cheap and has a high yield. Even if the dividend is cut, the yield will remain decent, and "the capital gains potential from here is exceptional," says Mark Skousen.