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  • Stocks plunged Thursday as anxiety about the economy and the government's wheel-spinning on the auto bailout and TARP plagued the market throughout the day, culminating in a massive final hour selloff. The Dow ended below 7,600, a more than five-year low. The S&P closed at an 11 1/2-year low.

  • Stocks wobbled as key lawmakers said an auto bailout deal might have to wait until December.

  • Stocks opened sharply lower Thursday as jobless claims hit a 16-year high, exacerbating anxiety in the market about the faltering auto bailout and uncertainty about the TARP plan.

  • New jobless claims hit a 7-year high Thursday; and even strong companies look weaker in the future. But some strategists see hopeful market signs amid the chaos. CNBC canvassed economic and financial experts for their insights.

  • David Sowerby of Loomis Sayles says the market is close to a bottom, and investors in stocks should "be bold." He offered CNBC his top three stock picks.

  • It sounds like the ultimate in defensive investing:  Buying the stocks of defense contractors.

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 889.35 points marking its second biggest point-move ever.  Today's 10.88% jump in the Dow qualifies as the seventh largest percent gain in its history.

  • The first 100 days of any new administration brings about considerable change. But this time around, well, hold your hats.

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    The Dow plummeted on Wednesday, a day after Barack Obama's historic victory, as a fresh batch of dismal economic data underscored the massive challenges awaiting his administration.

  • Stocks declined Wednesday as a layer of uncertainty was removed with the presidential election complete, leaving the market to return to worrying about the economy.

  • Senator Barack Obama is now the President-Elect of the USA and one day later, the markets are down over 3%.  Is this typical?

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    Investors in alternative energy, technology and infrastructure could be among the biggest beneficiaries.

  • Stocks were mixed Monday as investors digested a mixed bag of economic data and marched in place ahead of Tuesday's presidential election.

  • Stocks were mixed Monday as investors digested a mixed bag of economic data and marched in place ahead of Tuesday's presidential election.

  • Stocks were flat Monday as investors digested a mixed bag of economic data and marched in place ahead of Tuesday's presidential election.

  • U.S. stock index futures moved cautiously higher Monday, after ending the crazy month of October on a high note and at the start of an events-packed week.

  • If you blinked in the final minutes of trading today, you probably got the story wrong. The final hour of trading has become known for its wild swings, but outdid itself this time: After being up about 250 points at 3:54 p.m., those gains evaporated and the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended down 74.16, or 0.8 percent, at 8990.96.

  • With less than a week before the Presidential Election, the candidates are rushing to key battleground states to convince voters of their economic plans to deal with the financial crisis. But will it help? 

  • On the distant investment horizon, Oakmark Fund portfolio manager Bill Nygren sees some bright lights.

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 889.35 points marking its second biggest point-move ever.  Today's 10.88% jump in the Dow qualifies as the seventh largest percent gain in its history.