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  • Strong evidence is emerging that consumer spending, a bulwark against recession over the last year even as energy prices surged and the housing market sputtered, has begun to slow sharply at every level of the American economy, from the working class to the wealthy.

  • Quarterly reports next week from Citi, JP Morgan, Washington Mutual, Wells Fargo, Comerica, Merrill Lynch, PNC. There are plenty looking to go long after the reports are out, based on valuation. For example, Citi and Wells Fargo are trading in the bottom 10 percent of their historical valuation.

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    Shares of American Express  plunged Friday after the credit-card lender warned that fourth-quarter earnings will fall and a slowing U.S. economy will hamper profit in 2008.

  • Reports of more writedowns at Merrill Lynch and credit wrinkles at American Express are outweighing the relief that Bank of America is swooping in to buy troubled Countrywide.

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    Time to sort though the Fast Money in-box and answer more of your questions. Don writes, “Is Office Depot (ODP) a good hedge in a down economy?

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    Stocks jumped again Thursday in a volatile session as investors found renewed confidence after a report that Bank of America is close to buying struggling mortgage lender Countrywide. Here’s the word on the Street.

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    Charge-card giant American Express said a slowdown in cardholder spending and rising delinquencies would lead to a pre-tax charge of around $440 million for the fourth quarter

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    Understanding the performance of the stock market in 2007 comes down to one word: subprime.

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    Berkshire Hathaway shares closed down 4.6 percent today (Monday) at $136,400 after a cover story in Barron's over the weekend recommended, "Sell Buffett: Sorry, Warren, Your Stock's Too Pricey." That erased just over $7 billion in Berkshire's market value in one day.  Buffett-bulls, however, see a buying opportunity in today's decline.

  • A last minute buying spree on Wall Street could give the stock market a surprise bounce before the end of the year. "I think we're in for a real ramp up," says Jim Cramer.

  • Stocks closed with huge losses after the Federal Reserve announced it was cutting interest rates only a quarter point, disappointing traders looking for twice that amount.

  • Stocks closed little-changed despite of a sharp drop in oil prices that boosted shares of big manufacturers such as Boeing.

  • Stocks closed lower as investors worried about the impact of the credit crisis on the financial sector and on the wider economy.

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    After avoiding major trouble most of the year, Wells Fargo has finally bogged down in the mortgage muck that's muddying one major bank after another.

  • Stocks closed sharply lower as worries about the mortgage market and broader economy triggered selling among nervous investors ahead of the holiday shopping season.

  • Markets at the close ending at the lows again. Fourth 200 point decline in the Dow this month. More than 300 stocks at the NYSE hit new lows today, the highest level since the August lows. Technicals have now become very important, with the S&P slipping below last week's low.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • The financial sector continues to get pounded. General Motors reported a significant third-quarter loss, but there is a glimmer of hope in the pharmaceutical industry. 

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    Visa has tentatively agreed to pay American Express a record $2.25 billion to settle a three-year-old antitrust case, CNBC has learned.

  • Stocks ended broadly higher amid continued strength in the tech sector, which gained following Research in Motion's deal to distribute BlackBerry smartphones in China, along with strong earnings reported by Apple.