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  • Why Stock Traders Are Fixed On Bond Market Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 2:46 PM ET

    Four observations: 1) Markets rallied midday on comments from Mr. Trichet in Europe-he said they would "take appropriate decisions at any time." Traders interpret this to mean that Mr. Trichet is now clearly in the rate cut camp, and to providing "unlimited" liquidity.

  • Global Rate Cuts Gave Markets Few Minutes of Joy Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 11:50 AM ET

    Now What? Traders are holding out hope for capitulation. That could come anytime, but it doesn't have to be this week or even next week. The big fear? The snow balling affect of fund redemptions will keep the selling pressure on.

  • Retail Numbers--A Closer Look Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 10:49 AM ET

    Due to the Yom Kippur holiday tomorrow, a number of retailers are reporting September same store sales a day early. In general, discounters (ex-Target) outperformed, so Wal-Mart, Costco BJ, and Fred's all did fairly well.

  • What the Pros Say: Will Rate Cuts Work? Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 9:50 AM ET
    WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    The Federal Reserve led a global interest rate cut Wednesday along with the central banks of the UK, European Union, Switzerland, Sweden, and Canada.

  • Traders: Rate Cut Should Have Been Later In Day Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 9:09 AM ET

    After closing at 1029, S&P Futures traded as low as 962 until the early morning, then rallied to as high as 1043 when the coordinated rate cut of half a point was announced, then moved all the way back down.

  • What the Pros Say: Is Anywhere Safe? Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 8:50 AM ET
    WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    Stock markets around the world continued to tumble. As investors bail out of stocks, where can investors look for more safety?

  • Did the Ban on Short-Selling Make a Difference? Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | 4:29 AM ET

    Nearly three weeks ago, regulators abruptly banned short sales of financial stocks to protect companies that had come under siege in the stock market. Short-sellers, critics said, had contributed to the declines by betting against the companies’ shares, the New York Times reported.

  • This Is Not the Great Depression II Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 5:14 PM ET

    But that doesn't mean you can't learn some important lessons from the past. Carmen explains some simple truths to remember in this madness.

  • Question Asked: Why Own Stocks Right Now? (Update) Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 4:08 PM ET

    Stocks fell apart going into the close. For those watching technicals, we took out yesterday's lows. So what's the issue?

  • Wrestling With The 'P. Diddy Market' Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 3:57 PM ET

    How discouraging was today's midday drop to traders? "Why even play?" one trader said to me. "This is what I call the 'P. Diddy market'...You'd save money by doing the Diddy: renting a yacht, and sailing it full of party people, come back in a month or two, and you would have saved money." Cynical, huh? But that's the way the Street has become...

  • Stock Picker: The Real Danger is Inflation! Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 3:33 PM ET

    Inflation backlash?! That's what Rob Lutts predicts. So the founder and CIO of Cabot Money Management suggests preparing an anti-inflation strategy: gold ETFs and stocks.

  • Financial Plays in a Volatile Market Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 1:07 PM ET

    Financial stocks continue to take a beating, but Anton Schutz, portfolio manager of Mendon Capital, sees opportunities in financials with “too much capital.”

  • S&P's Stovall: My Market Bounce Outlook Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 12:48 PM ET

    S&P's Sam Stovall says history points to an 18 percent market bounce in six months. The chief investment strategist told CNBC of his "Moses movement" scenario — and the sectors that will lead the recovery.

  • Do the Math, THEN the Story Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 12:38 PM ET

    Google's new tool is great for ill-conceived emails ... articles too?

  • Strategist: Put Your Money to Work! Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 11:56 AM ET

    It may not be the bottom -- but it's *enough* of a bottom to get back into the market, says Scott Redler, chief strategic officer at T3live.com.

  • There Are Positives--So Why No Rally? Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 11:49 AM ET

    The new fed facility to buy commercial paper is a HUGE move in increasing liquidity in the marketplace. Also important: they are buying 3-month paper, a longer term than most commercial paper, so less rollover pressure.

  • Time to Buy This Beaten Down Stock Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 11:17 AM ET

    Michael Yoshikami, president and chief investment strategist at YCMNET Advisors, says if we haven’t hit the market bottom already, we’re at least two-thirds of the way there.

  • Why Traders Want Rate Cuts Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 9:09 AM ET

    Despite a belief that lowering rates may not do much, most traders disagree. Cutting rates is an attempt at reflation, and at this point that has become a major concern. Paying interest on reserves--which the Fed is now doing--is also a form of lowering rates.

  • Market Oversold, Short-Term Bottom Near: Dr. Doom Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | 7:12 AM ET
    WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    The stock market is as oversold as it has been since the crash of 1987 and the broader market could be start to rebound until early next year, Marc Faber, editor and publisher of the Gloom Boom and Doom Report, said Tuesday.

  • Web Extra: Are My Investments Safe? Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | 10:36 PM ET

    Melissa's got one-third of her investments tied to the market. Can she count on seeing them when she retires in 15 years?