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  • How Do You Model for a Serious Nuclear Accident? Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 11:55 AM ET

    It may astonish some that the Dow dropped 130 points on a comment from the EU's energy chief that the nuclear situation in Japan was out of control (a remark he apparently made overnight). Some are calling it irresponsible.

  • Greenberg: When to Ignore the Shorts Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 11:06 AM ET
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    It’s foolhardy to ignore warnings of short-sellers; still, in the wake of a Green Mountain, several lessons (with the caveat that there are exceptions to every rule).

  • Bulls Pile In to Food Equipment Manufacturer Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 11:03 AM ET

    Traders bought more than 3,600 April 21 calls for $0.40 yesterday, compared with previous open interest of just 441 contracts. More than 6,000 options traded in the name overall, compared with a daily average around 2,100.

  • Stocks to Watch: Cabot, Toyota and More ... Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 10:53 AM ET
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    Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.

  • Futures Mixed Amid Global Worries, Inflation Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 9:28 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures slumped after news that inflation at the producer level rose more than expected, while housing start plunged, and as investors continued to digest the implications of a nuclear crisis in Japan and heightened tensions in the Middle East.

  • Traders Need New Strategies Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 9:10 AM ET

    Unfortunately, a short-covering rally in Japanese equities does not mean the nuclear crisis there is over. However, traders this morning are trying to look down the road. Simply put: chaos means dislocations.

  • Blog: Kicking and Screaming, EU Will Move to Solidarity Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 2:31 AM ET
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    Jean Monnet, the father of European integration, once remarked that “Europe will be forged in crises, and will be the sum of the solutions adopted in crises.”

  • Japan Disaster Strengthens Case for Commodities: Rogers Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 2:10 AM ET

    Oil prices have fallen sharply in the wake of the disaster in Japan as investors have shunned risk. Nymex has declined around 5 percent since last Friday's earthquake and tsunami. However, Jim Rogers, Chairman of Rogers Holdings, who has been a long-term bull on oil,  thinks it's only a matter of time before the current trend reverses.

  • Five Things We're Watching: March 16, 2011 Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 8:59 PM ET
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    Here's what you should be watching Wednesday, March 16.

  • A group of Chinese citizens at the City Hall await transport to leave the tsunami devastated city of Sendai, Miyagi prefecture on March 15, 2011.

    Markets will stay sensitive to any developments with Japan's unfolding nuclear crisis or from Middle East trouble spots, and that could once more weigh on risk assets.

  • Stocks Tumble; Dow, S&P 500 Hit 6-Week Low Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 5:15 PM ET

    Stocks closed off the lows of the day, although still 1 percent lower, as buyers stepped into the market in afternoon trading even as investors remained unnerved by the escalating nuclear crisis in Japan. Intel and Cisco fell, while Chevron gained. .

  • Stocks Pare Losses Before Close; Utilities Skid Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:59 PM ET

    Stocks significantly pared losses, although continued to trade lower, after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed intentions to continue stimulating the economy through bond purchases even as investors remained unnerved by the escalating nuclear crisis in Japan. Intel and Cisco fell, while Chevron gained.

  • Why Have Stocks Stabilized? Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 1:36 PM ET

    After a wild open, a funny thing happened: stocks stabilized almost immediately. Widely watched market indicators (VIX, TRIN), also came off their extreme readings.

  • Japan's share prices plunged across the board after reports of rising radiation.

    While Tuesday's sharp drop in global stocks may have seemed like panic selling, it's far from the 2008 market meltdown that devastated many investors' portfolios.

  • Stocks Off Lows Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 11:58 AM ET

    Stocks sold off heavily at the open but quickly stabilized and are now well off their lows. Despite uncertainty about exactly what is happening at the nuclear reactors, Nikkei futures which trade at the CME have been rising for a good part of the morning and that undoubtedly helped.

  • Stocks Slide Amid Nuclear Fears; Tech Sinks Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 11:57 AM ET

    Stocks pared the worst losses of the day, although remain sharply lower, as the worsening nuclear crisis in Japan prompted investors to sell stocks across the globe and move into safer investments. GE and Intel led the blue-chip index lower.

  • Greenberg: One Solar Bear’s Reality Check Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 11:44 AM ET

    As solar stocks continue to fly in reaction to Japan’s nuclear worries, solar bear Gordon Johnson of Axiom Capital continues to scratch his head.

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    The economy may be in recovery mode but retirement confidence dropped again as Americans who are unprepared for r etirement finally heard the wake-up call. Still, a surprising number of people are still guessing about how much they'll need to retire and at risk for running out of money.

  • Markets Quickly Stabilized Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 10:58 AM ET

    While the S&P 500 is down 1.8 percent, it has recovered over a quarter of its losses.

  • Futures Plunge as Japan Nuclear Crisis Weighs Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 9:08 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to very large declines for Wall Street Tuesday, following Asian and European markets lower, as the worsening nuclear crisis brought sellers out in droves.