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  • A New York Stock Exchange trader.

    "It's a 'show me' period, but the expectation is that the data is going to disappoint, as it mostly has for the last few weeks," said Binky Chadha, chief U.S. strategist at Deutsche Bank.

  • “We’re about to have a big problem,” one real estate expert told the New York Times.  “Foreclosures were bad last year? It’s going to get worse.”

  • Treasury IG: 'Inappropriate' Backdating at Thrifts Thursday, 21 May 2009 | 4:35 PM ET
    Treasury Seal

    The Treasury Department's watchdog has uncovered improper backdating of cash infusions at six thrifts including IndyMac, in an investigation that already has prompted the removal of the federal thrift agency's acting director.

  • GMAC Receives $7.5 Billion More in Federal Aid Thursday, 21 May 2009 | 11:16 AM ET

    The government is providing auto lender GMAC with $7.5 billion in fresh aid to enable it to make new loans for General Motors and Chrysler vehicles.

  • SEC's Schapiro Objects to Financial Watchdog Plan Wednesday, 20 May 2009 | 2:22 PM ET

    The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission is objecting to a plan being considered by the Obama administration to create a new financial watchdog to protect consumers.

  • Repaying Bailouts May Undercut Benefit for Taxpayers Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | 5:05 AM ET
    Financial Woes

    Americans were promised a reward for rescuing the nation’s banks. In return for all those bailouts, the banks essentially granted stock options to the government — a potential jackpot for taxpayers once the crisis blew over, the New York Times reported.

  • Cramer's New Favorite Bank Stocks Monday, 18 May 2009 | 8:24 PM ET

    Sure, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs are top-notch firms, but they don’t hold the most potential upside. Here are the three that do.

  • Stocks End Down Week With a Flop Friday, 15 May 2009 | 4:49 PM ET

    Stocks flopped Friday, capping a dismal week, as bank stocks pulled back after recent gains.

  • From TARP To Obama To Command-And-Control Friday, 15 May 2009 | 4:31 PM ET

    Speaking near Albuquerque, New Mexico, at a town-hall meeting on Thursday, Pres. Obama said the federal debt load is unsustainable and warned of skyrocketing interest rates. He neglected to say that his massive spending-and-borrowing policies are directly causing this problem.

  • Stocks Struggle Despite Shot of Confidence Friday, 15 May 2009 | 11:23 AM ET

    Stocks opened flat Friday as investors were encouraged by a pair of better-than-expected manufacturing readings but dismal economic data out of Europe and weak U.S. retail reports capped gains.

  • Futures Pare Losses After Factory Reports Friday, 15 May 2009 | 9:21 AM ET

    Futures pared losses Friday after a pair of better-than-expected manufacturing readings.

  • Stocks Snap Losing Streak as Techs Rise Thursday, 14 May 2009 | 4:59 PM ET

    Stocks opened higher after Wal-Mart hit its earnings target but a pair of economic reports that missed expectations curbed gains.

  • Slow Start to U.S. Plan for Modifying Mortgages Thursday, 14 May 2009 | 10:47 AM ET

    The Obama administration’s plan to help millions of troubled homeowners avoid foreclosure by reducing the size of their mortgage payments is just getting off the ground.

  • Stocks Open Higher as Techs Bounce Back Thursday, 14 May 2009 | 10:30 AM ET

    Stocks opened higher after Wal-Mart hit its earnings target but a pair of economic reports that missed expectations curbed gains.

  • Busch: Repeating The Mistakes Of The Past Thursday, 14 May 2009 | 9:58 AM ET
    Andrew Busch

    As more and more Americans lose their jobs, the US government is following a path of policy decisions similar to those of FDR.

  • Futures Retreat After Jobless, PPI Reports Thursday, 14 May 2009 | 9:13 AM ET

    Futures pointed lower after a pair of economic reports came in worse than expected. Wal-Mart Stores reported earnings in line with expectations.

  • Stocks Shed Over 2% as Retail Sales Disappoint Wednesday, 13 May 2009 | 5:52 PM ET

    Stocks lost more than 2% Wednesday as bank shares continued to struggle and retail sales unexpectedly fell for a second straight month.

  • Finally, Transparency For OTC Derivatives? Wednesday, 13 May 2009 | 3:40 PM ET

    Treasury is to make an announcement after the close to establish a regulatory framework for over the counter (OTC) derivatives. It's about time. These derivatives are exempt from regulation, and they ought not to be.

  • Stocks Slide as Retail Sales Disappoint Wednesday, 13 May 2009 | 2:25 PM ET

    Stocks declined Wednesday as bank shares continued to struggle and retail sales unexpectedly fell for a second straight month. A brief reprieve after the business-inventories report and comments from President Obama fizzled.

  • Inventories, Obama Help Stocks Pare Losses Wednesday, 13 May 2009 | 10:38 AM ET

    Stocks pared their losses Wednesday after a report showed business inventories shrunk at a slower pace and remarks from President Obama on health-care reform.  Still, stocks remained under pressure as bank shares continued to struggle and retail sales unexpectedly fell for a second straight month.

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