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Futures pared their gains after a report showed more jobs were lost in January than expected.
Stocks will take their cue from the jobs report Friday, but it's the news from Washington that could once more drive the market.
The Obama administration plan to be announced Monday envisions a smaller, secondary role for the bad bank concept and will also involve less money than first thought.
Stocks rallied on Thursday on hopes that the government's plan to shore up the financial system could quickly spark lending.
Stocks eked out a gain after a rough morning as banks got a boost from market chatter that the government may suspend a controversial accounting rule blamed for much of the contagion in the financial industry.
Hope for clarity on government programs moved stocks today. Several key events made it clear we are starting to approach the endgame on government programs.
Plus, Cramer discusses fast-food stocks, President Obama's stimulus, the U.S. dollar and more.
Top executives at banks enjoy all sorts of shiny perquisites. Yet despite being propped up by taxpayer bailout money, many banks are not yet ready to give them up. Like bonuses, these extravagances are likely to come under greater scrutiny.
Companies that can, do. The rest? They cost the Dow 122 points on Wednesday. Cramer pays homage to peak performance.
The Dow fell on Wednesday after a glum profit forecast from Kraft signaled consumers are skimping even on the basics.
Stocks turned mixed Wednesday as some disappointing earnings reports cast a pall over a pair of better-than-expected readings on the economy.
Banks are again weakening midday, with all eyes on Bank of America. What's up?
Bank of America, reacting to the recent controversy over executive perks, plans to sell three of its corporate jets, sources inside the bank tell CNBC.
The President just imposed $500,000 caps on senior executive pay for the most distressed financial institutions receiving federal bailout money.
More companies announced layoffs this week as the employment picture continued to dim. Clorox, Time Warner Cable and Fidelity National Financial were among the latest names on Wednesday to announce job cuts.
Why stop with executives? Let’s slap the pay cap on any business that does work for the government, and firms that want a piece of the stimulus package, and university labs that get federal grants. No doubt the compensation critics would love to take a whack at the yawning gap between salaries in the C-suite and the factory floor.
The Obama administration is still struggling with the details of a bad bank concept that is expected to be part of a package of industry and consumer measures to be unveiled next week.
Stocks ended higher Tuesday, snapping a three-day losing streak, after strong earnings from Merck and a better-than-expected housing report lifted sentiment on the Street.
Several events came together midday to help stocks rally including a drop in the dollar about 2 PM ET, which has helped the market several times in the last couple days.
Stocks ended higher Tuesday, snapping a three-day losing streak, as an earnings beat from Merck and better-than-expected housing report gave the market a boost.