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  • Week Ahead: Volatility Rules Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 5:12 PM ET

    Extreme volatility will likely rip the stock market again in the coming week, while investors consider some fresh economic data and a last blast of earnings news. Tuesday marks one month to the day before the Fed's next rate meeting.

  • Oil Ends Above $96 on Dollar, Winter Supply Doubts Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 4:17 PM ET
    Oil Barrels

    Oil ended above $96 Friday on winter fuel supply concerns, a tumbling U.S. dollar and big options positions betting oil could strike $100 next week.

  • As Market Slumps, Volatility Index Gets Pumped Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 3:18 PM ET

    With rapid fluctuations becoming commonplace in the major stock indexes, about the only thing there is to be certain of is uncertainty.

  • Dollar Tumbles vs. Yen on Financial Loss Fears Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 12:56 PM ET
    Dollar and Yen

    The dollar fell to one-and-a-half-year lows versus the yen Friday, as fears of wider credit-related losses at U.S. financial institutions had investors dumping risky assets and anticipating more Federal Reserve rate cuts.

  • Cramer’s Recession Primer Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 10:51 AM ET

    It might be an inevitability. Here's how to defend against it.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Market Under Control Of Momentum Traders Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 4:38 PM ET

    What do you make of a day like today? What do you make of it when the Dow moves in 250 point range from top to bottom, then moves almost all the way back at the close? What do you make of a stock like Citigroup, which trades in a 10% RANGE IN A SINGLE DAY?

  • Fed's Balancing Act On Rate Cut Getting Tougher Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 4:17 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Ben Bernanke’s latest assessment of the economy shows the Fed’s job of balancing  inflation with a slowing economy is more difficult than ever, leaving policymakers undecided on further rate cuts.

  • Ben Bernanke On GSE's: Was He Joking? I Would Hope So Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 4:08 PM ET

    I didn't see the testimony of Ben Bernanke on Capitol Hill because I was on an airplane coming back from Chicago. It's probably a good thing, because I wouldn't have believed what I heard. Only now that I see it in print, in an email from the office, can I read it over and over again and force myself to accept its veracity.

  • Oil Ends Down on Economic Worries Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 3:59 PM ET

    Oil prices eased Thursday, as comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman stirred concerns about the health of the top economy and dragged prices further away from the $100 milestone.

  • Bonds Rise as Stocks Deepen Their Descent Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 2:01 PM ET

    U.S. government bond prices rose Thursday as investors shifted out of stocks and into less risky investments on ongoing fears constricted credit markets would dent corporate profits.

  • Credit Crunch May Last Longer Than Thought Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 1:25 PM ET

    Falling real estate prices, massive bank write-downs and a quickening drumbeat of slashed credit ratings adds up to one thing: The credit crunch has only just begun.

  • Ben Bernanke's Speech: Economic Outlook Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 12:28 PM ET

    The prepared speech given by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on the economic outlook before the Joint Economic Committee on November 8, 2007.

  • Fed Chief Stays Cautious On Further Rate Cuts Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 12:15 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. economy faces risks in both growth and inflation, suggesting the Fed will holding off deciding on further rate cuts.

  • Bernanke Speaks But It's Nothing Really New Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 12:07 PM ET

    Som midday observations: 1) Despite being grilled on the weak dollar, higher inflation, and the subprime crises and what he is doing about it, Bernanke has said little new. He says that economic activity has remained "resilient" but that "financial market volatility and strains have persisted." He seems to want to keep all his options open for December.

  • Europe's "No Change Attitude" Helps Markets, Dollar Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 9:39 AM ET

    Bank of England and European Central Bank both left rates unchanged which helped spark a modest rally in Europe and here. Mr. Trichet, head of the ECB, talked about inflation concerns but his inaction made him appear rather dovish.

  • Calmer Day on Wall Street ahead of Bernanke Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 8:18 AM ET

    Stocks are striking a much-improved tone after Wednesday's high energy selloff, as investors await testimony this morning from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. Monthly chain store sales and some big earnings could also influence direction.

  • Can Ben, Banks Save Us? Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 5:29 AM ET

    Bernanke and the Fed helped contain the credit crunch last month, but the action in the market Wednesday suggests they didn't quite do the job. They'll get a chance to soothe the market Thursday, when Bernanke testifies before Congress. How do you trade?

  • Here's what the market faces tomorrow: 1) October retail same store sales. Weather got colder toward the end of the month; traders are primed for bad news as most of the big stocks are at 52-week lows. Any good news should move them up.

  • Wall Street Is Pressing Fed For More Rate Cuts Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 3:42 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    It's been less than a week since the Federal Reserve hinted it was done lowering interest rates. Yet Wall Street is already clamoring for yet another cut.

  • Wall Street Is Pressing Fed For More Rate Cuts Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 12:01 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke may not have many soothing words for Wall Street when he testifies before Congress on Thursday.