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  • Why Greece Matters to US Retailers Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 5:08 PM ET

    This is is the probably the toughest week of the year for active traders. Why? We've seen a huge increase in volatility and volume but it’s been around events so big (Greece, Spain, future of the euro) that traders have no idea — or strong opinion — on how it will play out.

  • Who's Hiring Now: Retailers, Manufacturers Add Workers Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 4:12 PM ET

    Manufacturing and retail are perking up, according to the ADP jobs report for April, especially the former, which has been characterized as a “shining light.”

  • Stocks pared their losses on Wednesday after a weak open, but the market remained skittish after Moody's put Portugal's debt rating on review. Dan Denbow, co-portfolio manager of USAA Precious Metals & Minerals Fund and Jim Meyer, chief investment officer and co-founder of Tower Bridge Advisors shared their insights.

  • Demonstrators shout slogans against government's recent austerity economy measures during a protest in Athens.

    The acceleration of the European debt crisis was as good a reason as any for a stock market selloff that analysts say was long overdue anyway.

  • Dow Falls as European Debt Worries Persist Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 3:21 PM ET
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    Stocks remained lower in mid-afternoon Wednesday, led by energy and industrials, after the Dow briefly popped into positive territory. Markets remained skittish after Moody's put Portugal's debt rating on review.

  • The U.S. markets rallied early on, as Europe came off its lows. But traders also noted that mid-morning, Dominic Wilson, Director of Global Macro & Markets Research for Goldman Sachs, made positive comments on the markets. Mr. Wilson is a respected commentator with a following on trading desks. Here's what he said.

  • Get Out of Stocks and Into Bonds: Portfolio Manager Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 1:16 PM ET

    Stocks opened lower on Wednesday, following a selloff in the prior session, as Moody's put Portugal's debt rating on review. Barry James, president of James Advantage Funds, and Neil Hennessy, portfolio manager and chief investment officer at Hennessy Funds, shared their insights.

  • European Union, Currency Are Headed for Collapse: Gartman Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 12:55 PM ET
    Protestors escape tear gas fired by policemen in Athens.

    The European debt crisis likely will not end until the euro collapses as a currency and takes the entire European Union with it, said hedge fund manager Dennis Gartman.

  • When to Expect 10-15% Correction: Strategist Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 11:50 AM ET

    The CBOE volatility index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, spiked more than 20 percent on Tuesday to top 25, it’s highest level in almost two months. What does the level imply for the markets and what should investors expect going forward? Mark Arbeter, chief technical strategist at Standard & Poor’s shared their insights.

  • Busch: Expect the Worst—German Vote=TARP Vote Part 2 Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 11:09 AM ET
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    Last Friday, I stated that the vote this week on Friday in Germany was analogous to what occurred in the US Congress leading up to the TARP vote. The uncertainty would drive down the Euro and raise questions over the viability of the union. Now, we’re seeing another aspect arise: attempting to scare the German politicians into voting yes.

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    Moody's out again with the "may downgrade Portugal" line; Portugal down 1.7 percent, Spain down 2.4 percent, Greece down 4.9 percent. We have the British parliamentary elections on Thursday, as well as German regional elections over the weekend, which will be viewed as a referendum on Merkel's party and support for a Greek bailout. What's it all mean..?

  • Stocks Open Lower Amid Portugal Worries Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 10:16 AM ET

    Stocks continued to slide Wednesday, after a selloff in the prior session, as Moody's put Portugal's debt rating on review.

  • Futures Lower on Jobs Weakness, Debt Woes Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 9:01 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures edged above fair value ahead of the open Wednesday in the wake of a sharp selloff in the previous session as investors looked to the latest reading on employment.

  • ETFs See Downside Activity as Bears Take Over Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 7:45 AM ET

    There was a bacchanalia of downside activity in exchange-traded funds yesterday as bears took charge of the market.

  • What Prudential's 'Shambolic' Rights Issue Shows Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 6:28 AM ET
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    Prudential shareholders may grudgingly acknowledge that the pursuit of exciting new opportunities in Asia is the right long term strategy. But in the short term they need convincing the big price tag for AIA and the delayed rights issue are the correct way of achieving that.

  • The Correction Has Started: Strategist Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 4:42 AM ET

    The correction in stock markets has already started, Philippe Gijsels, head of research at BNP Paribas Fortis Global Markets, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Greek Crisis Hydra Engulfs the Euro Zone Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 3:59 AM ET

    The market is already beginning to ask if the German public and the EU have the stomach for a rescue package for Portugal, Spain, Ireland and even for Italy.

  • Solid Recovery Potential in US: Strategist Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 2:21 AM ET

    The recovery potential in the United States is greater on a short-term basis, said Stephen Davies, CEO at Javelin Wealth management, noting that U.S. stocks have outperformed Asia and emerging markets since the beginning of the year.

  • New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

    There's a whiff of volatility back in the markets, and that could mean a choppier trading environment for now.

  • Stocks Have Worst Selloff in Months Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | 5:09 PM ET
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    Stocks were hammered Tuesday, logging their worst decline in months amid worries that the European debt crisis will spread and that Spain might be the next to need a bailout.