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  • Fed Minutes Write Bad Commentary For Stocks Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 4:49 PM ET

    The FOMC minutes from the Aug. 7th meeting came, and traders were disappointed with the commentary. How disappointed? The Dow dropped 140 points after the minutes came out at 2:00 p ET, an unusual move considering FOMC minutes rarely move markets, let alone 150 points. I mentioned earlier that the Fed minutes today would be more important than usual...

  • Home Prices Fall And My Run-On Rant About It Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 12:36 PM ET

    I like the S&P/Case-Shiller report, because it’s really the bones of the boom and the bust all wrapped up into two neat little pages. The report only looks at the top twenty metro markets, that is, the biggest cities in the U.S., where the real estate boom really took place. “The pullback in the U.S. residential real estate market is showing no signs of slowing down,” says Robert J. Shiller.

  • Fed Policy Notes: Is The Consumer Tapped Out? Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 10:44 AM ET

    Tune into "Power Lunch" today. I'm filling in for the lovely Sue Herera who is on assignment today. Right ahead of the release of the latest minutes from the Fed's policy meeting, Bill Griffeth and I will be talking about just what to expect from Bernanke and the consumer. I'll also be asking the question: Is the consumer tapped out?

  • Consumer Confidence Falls To Lowest Level in a Year Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 10:30 AM ET

    U.S. consumer confidence deteriorated in August to its lowest in a year on concerns about a softening labor market and market turmoil stemming from the subprime mortgage crisis, a business research group said on Tuesday.

  • German Business Sentiment Slips Less than Forecast Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 7:29 AM ET

    German business confidence slipped again in August for the third month in a row amid volatility on global financial markets, a closely watched survey showed Tuesday, but the decline was smaller than expected.

  • BOJ Wary of U.S. Subprime Woes at July Meeting Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 12:39 AM ET

    Some Bank of Japan policy board members expressed concern in early July about the risks of U.S. subprime mortgage problems spilling over to global financial markets, minutes of the BOJ's July 11-12 meeting showed on Tuesday.

  • Is American Eagle Set to Take Flight? Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 7:32 PM ET

    The chairman has called the bottom before. Did he do it again?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.

  • Cramer Likes Kohl's Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 7:30 PM ET

    Increased sales and earnings, expanding margins and great catalysts are just a few of the reasons to consider buying this retailer - buy only if the Fed cuts rates.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.

  • 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.