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    Halloween spending is expected to fall by roughly $1 billion this season, but sales at some stores may not be as dismal as originally thought.

  • Stocks rebounded Monday as investors' waning enthusiasm got a jolt from a report that showed the services sector has begun to expand. Plus, there was some bargain hunting after the market's two-week decline.

  • Stocks rebounded Monday as investors' waning enthusiasm got a jolt from a report that showed the services sector has begun to expand. Plus, there was some bargain hunting after the market's two-week decline.

  • Stocks advanced Monday after a better-than-expected reading on the service sector. Plus, investors did some bargain hunting after a two-week decline.

  • US stock index futures pointed higher Monday after two tough weeks for Wall Street.

  • Stocks ended lower Friday as a dismal jobs report capped a string of disappointing economic reports this week, which cast doubt on the recovery. It was the market's second straight down week in which stocks have lost more than 3 percent.

  • An auction of Lenny Dykstra memorabilia today brought in more than twice the amount of original estimates.

  • Stocks tried to push higher Friday as the dollar's retreat helped the market but investors remained worried about the recovery in the wake of some disappointing economic reports.

  • Stocks opened lower Friday after disappointing reports on jobs and manufacturing.

  • Stock index futures plunged as September nonfarm payroll declines were far worse than Wall Street estimates.

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    Tomorrow, Heritage Auctions will be selling Lenny Dykstra's World Series ring, his trophy, and other items he pawned a few months ago but never reclaimed.

  • The Right Start chain has gone wrong again and again. It has been in bankruptcy three times since 2003, most famously after it went on an acquisition spree, including the purchase of FAO Schwarz, even changing its name to FAO Inc.

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    Simmons, the maker of Beautyrest mattresses and other bedding products, said Friday that it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and implement a restructuring plan that will help significantly lower its debt.

  • Turns out that on the very day Dykstra walked into the South Wilshire Beverly Jewelry and Loan, a news crew from TV Tokyo just happened to be there doing a story on the suffering local economy. I kid you not.

  • 1986 Lenny Dykstra New York Mets World Championship Trophy

    Lenny Dykstra could use some cash right now, but an upcoming auction of his World Series trophy and ring will apparently not help him. Instead, auction proceeds will go to the Beverly Hills pawn shop which claims Dykstra pawned the items but never reclaimed them.

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    Bobbi Giguere had no luck in securing a loan modification fromWells Fargo, even though she had sent the bank the financial documents it requested. Then,  something happened. She questioned a Wells Fargo official about the bank’s lack of response — under oath.

  • In the Great Recession and today’s era of de-leveraging, much is being made of the so-called “fulcrum security”.

  • A bankruptcy judge today ordered that former baseball player Lenny Dykstra lose control of his Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and that management of his financial affairs be handed over to a court appointed trustee.

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    Creditors who are owed a total of more than $20 million have endorsed Michael Vick's plan to pay them back and emerge from bankruptcy, according to a court filing.

  • Colonial BancGroup, the Montgomery-based real estate lender whose banking unit was shut down by the government and sold to BB&T earlier this month, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.