• Small Cap - Big Losses Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 7:22 PM ET

    The Russell 2000 small-cap index is down 15% from its all-time high in May 2007. What's the small-cap trade if the U.S. is headed for a recession?

  • Retail Stocks: Don't Be Excited Over Them Yet Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 3:47 PM ET

    Retailers holding up despite a poor December showing. Don't get too excited; this was one of the most shorted groups on the street. But aside from a short squeeze rally, what would it take to get investors back in a real way? Besides signs that we are not going into a deep recession, the most important factor for retail stock investors is limiting store growth.

  • Bernanke: Fed Ready to Cut Rates to Prevent Recession Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 3:31 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank was ready to cut interest rates again to prevent housing and credit problems from plunging the U.S. into a recession.

  • Oil Barrels

    Traders are looking at the latest retail sales figures and thinking twice about snapping up crude. According to Thompson Financials combined retail index, November and December sales stalled to 2004 level.

  • Consumer Spending: Not Much Debate About It Being Down Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | 11:59 AM ET

    The American consumer is cutting back--even at the most important (and typically extravagant) spending times of the year. That's the one clear headline from all the recent retail numbers. Markdowns ate profits, that's also clear. But figuring out just what's going on with the consumer involves a few shades of gray...

  • Goldman Sachs today joins a growing roster of Wall Street firms, who say the U.S. economy will fall into recession this year. Watch for more reductions in stock price and earnings forecasts to follow.

  • Martin Feldstein On Economy: No Recession, Yet Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | 10:52 AM ET

    Economist Martin Feldstein, the keeper of the official recession call, says the U.S. economy is not in recession, but growth could turn negative in the near future. He made his comments this morning on "Squawk Box."

  • Goldman Sachs: The "Safe" Stocks For Primary Season Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 4:20 PM ET

    Goldman Sachs analysts say stock investors should look to larger cap and defensive sectors as a way to play the uncertainty of presidential primary season. While they say the major party nominees should become clear by "Super Duper Tuesday," there is greater electoral and policy uncertainty in this Presidential race because there are no incumbents running.