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  • 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.

  • As suspected the market cares more about Apple's earnings than anything else this morning. However, a number of other important companies came through, with a couple exceptions. At American Express, investor concerns about a slowdown in card spending and an increase in charge offs did not materialize.

  • As I reported last week, tech was the bright lure in an otherwise fishy market. Well, we saw just how stinky that market could become Friday when not even tech brought buyers in the door. But those buyers were the first ones back in on Monday, and Apple promises to keep the tech fire burning. It reported a 67% jump in fiscal fourth quarter profits earnings to $904 million or $1.01 per share, well above expectations. Apple shares were sharply higher after hours.

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    Stocks rallied late in the session to end a seesaw trading session higher as bargain hunters stepped in despite economic concerns and worries about global credit markets. "It seems like a little bit of a bounce back from Friday's Armageddon," said Mike Burnick, director of research at the Sovereign Society.