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  • Gap: The Ultimate Turnaround Stock Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 7:29 PM ET

    Investors can now get this once-hated name on sale.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.

  • Stocks Close Near Lows, Led by Financials, Utilities Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 4:13 PM ET
    Traders at SIG Specialists trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange talk among themselves shortly after the opening bell Monday, April 18, 2005, in New York.  Stocks regained some stability Monday following a three-day selloff as strong first-quarter earnings and a pair of merger announcements lent some support to a market battered by worries about economic growth.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Stocks closed broadly lower at the end of a light-volume trading session as continued weakness in financial stocks brought down the major indexes. The Dow fell 56 points, closing near the lows of the trading session, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite ended with respective losses of 0.9% and 0.6%, respectively.

  • Countrywide Knocks, But Is Anyone Home? Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 4:01 PM ET

    A reader writes in: It's Saturday and I'm enjoying a quiet afternoon. Suddenly there's a loud knock at the front door. I'm not expecting anyone so I'm curious to see who knocking so aggressively. I open the door and there's a woman standing there with a clipboard. She asks to speak to the owner of the house, Mr. X (not his real name). I advise the woman that he doesn't live here anymore, I am a renter and he is my landlord.

  • Mortgage Market Troubles: Other Items To Consider Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 2:33 PM ET

    While July existing home sales came in in line with expectations, the pace is still weak and the increase in inventory (to 9.6 months supply at the current sales pace) is especially unwelcome. This occurred before the recent credit crunch, so the concern is that difficulties in the mortgage market may further impact sales in August.

  • July Housing Numbers: I Say Just Plain 'Bupkiss' Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 12:46 PM ET
    American Home Mortgage

    I said the word bupkiss on TV this morning. Is that kosher? I just couldn’t think of a better word, for all my years of hifalutin network journalism experience. It’s just that everyone wanted to talk about the July existing home sales numbers, how sales were essentially flat, and that was better than many folks had predicted, and yadda yadda, isn’t that nice?

  • Markets: Playing For Time And Readjustments Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 11:17 AM ET

    The 2.3% rise in the Dow last week, coupled with lower volume and lower volatility, has given the markets what it wants mosts: time. Time allows market participants to readjust risk. JP Morgan, in a note to clients this morning, said "The key issue for the months ahead will be to figure out the impact of tighter credit conditions on economic growth."

  • Dishing on Dividends Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 11:10 AM ET

    Reinvesting company payouts is a strategy too good to ignore. Let Cramer explain.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.

  • Stock Futures Weaker, Housing Data in Focus Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 9:17 AM ET

    Stocks start the week on a weak note as investors await existing home sales data at 10 am New York time. A flurry of takeover headlines is getting attention, most importantly the revised deal by three private equity firms for Home Depot's service unit. The three buyers, Bain Capital, Carlyle Group and Clayton, Dubilier and Rice, agreed to buy the unit for $8.5 billion, 18% less than the original price agreed in June.

  • Small Businesses Less Upbeat on Economy: Poll Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 9:05 AM ET

    Economic confidence among U.S. small business owners fell in August as a slowing housing market soured sentiment, and 41 percent said they had recent cash flow troubles, according to a survey released Monday.

  • The risk of massive defaults on subprime mortgages and heavy debts now poses a bigger threat to U.S. economic prosperity than terrorism, a panel of U.S. business economists said on Monday.

  • Construction Jobs Likely to Decline Further Sunday, 26 Aug 2007 | 3:29 PM ET

    Job losses in the U.S. construction sector could top one million if a housing downturntips the economy into recession and tighter access to credit dampens business investment.Strength in nonresidential construction may continue to offset a downturn in housing for now, but recent turmoil in credit markets suggests job losses may accelerate in the sectorin the next few months.

  • Recessions: A History Lesson on How Few We've Had Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 11:09 AM ET

    Talk about a recession from a very small group of people need to be balanced against the fact that no major strategist is predicting a recession. Many are trimming their forecasts slightly, but that is a long way from a recession. Even Ben Bernanke maintains a forecast of "moderate" growth of 2.5% in the GDP this year, and a slight expansion in 2008.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 9:17 AM ET

    Stocks futures are meandering on both sides of the unchanged mark after stronger-than-expected durable goods orders and investors now await new home sales data due at 10 am New York time.

  • France Says September ECB Rate Rise Not Done Deal Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 8:43 AM ET

    France on Friday kept up the pressure on the European Central Bank to take account of global financial market turmoil and economic growth when setting interest rates, and said a September rate rise was not a done deal.

  • Recession Possiblity Stirring Debate on Wall Street Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 8:16 AM ET

    The hot topic on the Street is the probability of a recession. Robert Albertson, chief strategist at Sandler O'Neill, and this morning Angelo Mozillo, CEO of Countrywide both voiced fears that a recession was coming. Opinions are sharply divided on this. David Bianco, UBS' Equity Strategist, said earlier this month that the S&P seems to be signaling a "financial sector recession" (i.e. that a recession is expected to mostly affect financial sector profits).

  • Until a few months ago, it seemed that anyone who could fog up a mirror could get a mortgage.  Now, with a credit crisis roiling the industry, some consumers might think they have a better chance winning the lottery than finding a home loan.

  • Euro Zone August Growth Dips, Confidence Hit Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 6:44 AM ET

    Euro zone private sector growth cooled in August as factory order growth hit its weakest since late 2005 and a credit squeeze in financial markets bruised service sector confidence, key data showed on Friday.

  • Central Banks Worried Turmoil May Linger Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | 10:52 AM ET

    Global financial turmoil prompted the Bank of Japan to hold rates on Thursday and warn that the tremors would take time to settle, and the European Central Bank was inundated with demand at a new money market tender.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | 8:46 AM ET

    Stoked by positive developments on the credit and mortgage front, stocks are building on yesterday's gains and look ready to spring higher on the open.

  • On Catching Knives, Pianos and Bouncing Safes Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | 4:33 AM ET

    The markets have their own lexicon and volatile markets generate their own chapter of colorful metaphors. This last week we have been treated to exhortations not to catch falling knives, falling pianos or any other objects which would cause severe pain if diverted from their gravity-bound course.