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    The Dow rallied for a second day on Friday on hopes Washington's stimulus package and a bank rescue plan will bolster the ailing economy.

  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Visa and Caterpillar popped while Dollar Tree and Unilever dropped.

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    Stocks rallied on Thursday on hopes that the government's plan to shore up the financial system could quickly spark lending.

  • The Communist Party is pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into an economywide recovery plan. The U.S., suffering through its own recession, needs to do even more.

  • Global stocks, emerging market currencies and high-grade credit all benefited in the last month from a steady improvement in investors' risk tolerance.

  • It’s Beijing, and not Washington, that’s going to get us out of this worldwide recession, he says.

  • Global mining company Anglo American is seeing heavy call action Tuesday after announcing that it would cut 2009 spending programs by more than 50 percent.

  • The editor and publisher of the "Gloom, Boom, and Doom Report" says the best place for investments these days is in hard assets, but he has some suggestions for stock-market investors, too.

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    2008 will be remembered for many things, but the urge to merge isn't one of them. Over 1,100 deals were cancelled...

  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Palm and Nomura Holdings popped while Simon Property Group and Walgreens dropped.

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    2008 will be remembered for many things, but the urge to merge isn't one of them. Over 1,100 deals were cancelled...

  • For brave investors getting back into stocks, Juerg Zingg, managing partner at Q Investments, says that Xstrata, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton are smart bets in the basic resource sector; while oil services companies like Fugro, Seadrill and Noble Corp. are attractive; and refiners such as Valero and Petroplus look good.

  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of BHP Billiton and Yahoo popped while Electronic Arts and Eastman Kodak dropped.

  • Is the commodity bull about to start running again? Some investors say demand from emerging nations will spark a new rally like nothing we’ve ever seen!

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    The Dow closed higher after a choppy session on Wednesday as a rebound in oil prices and other commodities lifted energy, mining and materials shares...

  • Market values have dropped so precipitously that some deals are too good to pass up.

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    Look for M&A activity—big and small—a pair of breakthrough drugs and the prospect of government price controls.

  • The glacial speed the analysts have been moving has been nothing short of scandalous. Top-down strategists (guys who do estimates of earnings based on macroeconomic factors) have 2009 estimates for the S&P 500 as low as $60, but the bottoms-up analysts (the guys who just cover individual companies or industries)...

  • Mr. Paulson will be the key today, as he is expected to open the TARP to car, credit card and student loans, and heaven knows what else. More importantly, a separate facility will buy mortgage-backed securities.

  • The bet is that some small amount of money will be given to the auto makers now, enough to serve as some type of bridge loan into early 2009. At that point the Democrats will have the political leverage to develop a broader rescue package in the first weeks of February.