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  • The week began with a flashback to the credit crisis.  It ended with figures showing the fastest inflation in six months and the lowest consumer-sentiment reading in 28 years.  Along the way, as the stock market ebbed and flowed, CNBC guests assembled a collective portfolio that was heavy on technology, energy, and global exposure.

  • Stocks had a rocky afternoon as the market lost all its initial gains, then rebounded right before the close. Here's what some of the pros were recommending for investors.

  • One company rode the tech bubble of the 1990s; the other is part of the ill-starred fraternity of bond insurers.  What do they have in common?  Matthew Kaufler of Touchstone Value Opportunities thinks investors ought to give them a look.

  • JPMorgan's equities team has said financial stocks will help lead the market higher this year. Today, they held a call on the financial group and say they are still overweight, and they expect it to be one of the better performing sectors.

  • Will the troubles at beleaguered bond insurers MBIA and Ambac help Assured Guaranty, one of only two bond insurers to be rated AAA by all three ratings agencies? The CEO tells Fast Money if the industry can survive.

  • Troubles in the $2.4 trillion bond insurance industry have been the focal point of a widening credit crisis as expected losses in mortgage-backed debt put the insurers' ratings at risk.

  • Wall Street

    A fresh wave of economic worry swept across Wall Street, aggravated by a spike in wholesale prices, dismaying corporate results, and oil trading above $100 a barrel.

  • Stocks were down sharply Friday after a reading on Midwest manufacturing came in at its lowest level in more than six years and a survey showed consumer confidence at its lowest level in 16 years.

  • Stocks were down sharply Friday after a reading on Midwest manufacturing came in at its lowest level in more than six years and a survey showed consumer confidence at its lowest level in 16 years.

  • Stocks were down sharply Friday after a reading on Midwest manufacturing came in at its lowest level in more than six years and a survey showed consumer confidence at its lowest level in 16 years.

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    Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross will take a stake of up to a billion dollars in bond insurance company Assured Guaranty.

  • A foreclosed home for sale.

    Goldman Sachs issued a gloomy report on the financial services sector, saying housing prices are likely to fall further and write-downs will mount.