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  • The Carnage of Wall Street's Mortgage Frenzy Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 12:10 PM ET
    home loans

    The two stories related to mortgages do not have a great deal in common, other than tracing their lineage to the home loans of dubious provenance that were doled out to anyone with a pulse between 2005-07 and quickly packaged up into securities and sold by Wall Street to accounts around the planet.

  • Cotton Prices Highest Since US Civil War Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 11:06 AM ET

    Cotton prices are rising dramatically. Analysts say several factors are involved in this historic move, and the macro picture for cotton is more complex than a simple weak dollar, strong commodity play.

  • Stocks to Watch: Family Dollar, Exelon and More ... Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 10:59 AM ET
    Six in 60

    Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.

  • They're not just household names but also vivid illustrations of how closet indexers can destroy your wealth, and here's why.

  • 5-Day Rally Interrupted by Possible QE2 Headwinds Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 9:29 AM ET

    Barely eking out a gain yesterday, the index is now up 5 straight days heading into today’s session. Even though it has been nearly a straight ride up for the markets over the last 2 months, the S&P’s current winning streak is its longest since July, when it was up 6 straight days.

  • The Ultimate Bond Car – Yours for $5 Million Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 9:18 AM ET
    1964 Aston Martin DB5, estimated at over $5.5 million.

    It’s arguably the most famous car in the world and it’s coming out of the showroom and onto the market for the first time ever.

  • Futures Fall Despite Strong Durable Goods  Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 9:06 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures briefly extended losses Wednesday after durable goods orders rose more than expected in September, but fell when transportation equipment was excluded.

  • What's On: Big Earnings, Cotton and Bank of America Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 8:11 AM ET

    See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Wednesday's Squawk on the Street.

  • Northern Trust Calls Jump on Rumors Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 8:05 AM ET

    Northern Trust saw upside option activity yesterday after the U.K.'s Daily Mail reported that the asset management and banking firm might be a takeover target.

  • A 'New Deal' For the 50-Plus Crowd? Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 8:02 AM ET
    The Great Depression

    Share your opinion in today's poll.

  • Time to Buy Chinese Banks: Strategist Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 6:42 AM ET

    Chinese banks are "a good place to be," Emerson Yip, Greater China fund manager at JP Morgan said on CNBC.

  • Broker works the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange.

    As the Fed's November meeting approaches, the markets are increasingly concerned that the central bank is cooking up inflation with its new easing plan.

  • New Berkshire Manager Short on Experience: Fund Exec Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 6:03 PM ET

    Berkshire Hathaway would have been wiser to outsource investing advice to hedge funds rather than hire a manager whose experience is concentrated in one sector, another fund's manager told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Plenty of Money for Acquisitions: TD Ameritrade CEO Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 4:33 PM ET

    While profits fell in its fiscal fourth quarter, TD Ameritrade President and CEO Fred Tomczyk told CNBC Tuesday that it had “plenty of capacity,” including $1.1 billion in liquid assets, to spend on acquisitions.

  • Stocks End Mostly Flat; Materials Drag Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 4:18 PM ET

    Stocks ended slightly higher, but remained at about the same place where they started Tuesday as investors held steady under a raft of earnings in anticipation of next week's elections and likely announcement of a new economic stimulus program from the Federal Reserve.

  • Stocks Rise Ahead of Close; Materials Drag Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 3:31 PM ET

    Stocks rose ahead of the market close Tuesday, led by consumer cyclical stocks. Stocks were pressured for most of the afternoon as investors held steady under a raft of earnings in anticipation of next week's elections and likely announcement of a new economic stimulus program from the Fed.

  • Best Auto Stocks to Buy Now: Analysts Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 2:24 PM ET

    What's the state of the auto industry and should investors be looking to auto stocks? Investing in the auto sector was the topic Tuesday on CNBC for David Silver, equity research analyst at Wall Street Strategies and Michael Ward, auto analyst at Soleil Securities.

  • New ETFs to Feed Metals Frenzy Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 1:47 PM ET
    Gold Bricks

    The metals industry continues to be a wildly attractive region of the market for ETF sponsors. Gold, silver and other precious metals, in particular, are drawing huge crowds as investors seek out ways to protect against rampant market volatility.

  • Inflation Rears Its Head Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 12:55 PM ET

    Earnings: inflation rears its head, compressing margins at big users of raw materials. My prior reported noted strength in the luxury retailers—but let's look at the other side of the coin today—the middle market, particularly home improvement, continues to see terrible results. And one reason margin is under pressure is inflation.

  • Should You Invest Like the 'New' Warren Buffett? Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 12:43 PM ET

    Investor Warren Buffett has hired a relatively unknown hedge fund manager, Todd Combs, to help oversee Berkshire Hathaway’s overall portfolio. It's come as a a surprise to many. Combs is a 39-year-old hedge fund manager from Connecticut, will "soon be joining Berkshire as an investment manager."