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    How much would the SEC single-stock circuit breaker have helped on the big market drop on May 6? Jeff Rubin at Birinyi Associates put out an interesting note this afternoon, about what would have happened on May 6 if the SEC single stock circuit breaker had been in effect.

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    The autopsy continues on what caused a 1000 point drop in the Dow last Thursday. But with a quick look at the chart, it is obvious to the naked eye that electronic trading was at least partially to blame for the tailspin.

  • NYSE and Nasdaq meets with the SEC. The SEC has two choices: 1) scrap the system whereby the NYSE (and Nasdaq, if it chose to do so) can go to a slower market, even if for only a few seconds, or 2) require all market participants to follow the primary market maker when they slow trading in volatile markets — to have uniform rules for circuit breakers. My bet, based on discussions with market participants, is...

  • NYSE Trader

    Investigators seeking an explanation for the brief stock market panic last week said Sunday that they were focusing increasingly on how a controlled slowdown in trading on the New York Stock Exchange, meant to bring about stability, instead set off uncontrolled selling on electronic exchanges. The NYT explains.

  • The European Debt Crisis - See Complete Coverage

    Stocks sold off in volatile trading Friday as an encouraging jobs report fell to the back burner and the market remained jittery after Thursday's nauseating freefall.

  • The European Debt Crisis - See Complete Coverage

    Stocks sold off in volatile trading Friday as an encouraging jobs report fell to the back burner and the market remained jittery after Thursday's nauseating freefall.

  • The European Debt Crisis - See Complete Coverage

    Trading was volatile Friday as an encouraging jobs report fell to the back burner and the market remained jittery after Thursday's nauseating freefall.

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    The NYSE and Nasdaq engaged in a high-stakes blame game on CNBC this morning. 

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    As the market dropped our team was watching. A car wreck is a much too pleasant analogy. I was at my desk in 1987, 1989, 9/11, 2008, and I’ve never witnessed what I witnessed yesterday.

  • Why do stocks have a slight bid to them in the U.S.? Traders are saying that the busted trades are creating a bid on the Street. Fat fingered trade? Computer glitch? It's possible that one of these was the cause of yesterday's drop, but as traders stream into Wall Street, the worry is that this could have happened without a computer glitch or fat fingered trade.

  • 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.

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    Stocks staged one of the most dramatic selloffs in market history Thursday as what may have been a trader error exacerbated losses in a market already jittery about the European debt crisis. The Dow ended down about 350 points and the VIX was above 34.

  • The Nike ad featuring Tiger Woods, seen here, will premiere tonight.

    Nike has confirmed to CNBC that it will run a new ad tonight featuring Tiger Woods on two networks—on ESPN between 6 and 7:30 pm New York time and on the Golf Channel between 6 and 7 pm.

  • Stocks rose for a fourth straight week, ending with a rocky session on Friday as news of help for Greece got the market off to a positive start but the sinking of a South Korean naval ship rattled the market.

  • Stocks pushed higher Friday after a slightly better-than-expected reading on consumer sentiment. Stocks had gotten off to a higher start after the EU and IMF reached a deal to provide a safety net for Greece.

  • U.S. stock index futures were higher ahead of the open Friday after a safety net for Greece's debt problems was hammered out between European Union leaders and the IMF and ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet said he found the plan "workable".

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    What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Thursday, March 25.

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    Retirement isn't all about fixed-income investing. Your portfolio also needs a solid income stream and growth potential (for offsetting inflation).  Otherwise, you may outlive your savings.

  • Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods is told his family, friends and fans that he plans to return to golf one day, but that he is not sure when that will be. He said he would not rule out his return being this year.

  • US President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union address

    Attendees had a good excuse for looking bleary-eyed in the morning--watching Obama's State of the Union address. And they certainly got the message