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  • Like most analysts, Rod Lache has concluded that a government bailout is not likely to help the shares, that even with a bailout GM's future, if it is not in bankruptcy, is likely to be "bankruptcy-like."

  • Hong Kong dropped 12 percent to its lowest level in 5 years, S&P futures have swung in a 60 point range this morning, though they are well off their lows.

  • The good news is that Libor rates are again dropping. The dollar is rallying big again, this is continuing to put pressure on commodities, but the stress is also showing up in corporate profits. Kimberly Clark, for example, said that because of the dollar rally, currency will be a drag on fourth quarter sales comparison instead of a benefit.

  • David Dreman, chairman and chief investment officer at DremanValue Management, says we’re in one of the worst panics we’ve ever been in but there are major values around.

  • Futures dropped a bit as retail sales were weaker than expected, Producer Price Index (PPI), a measure of inflation at the wholesale level, was in line, but core PPI was higher than expected...bottom line is that energy costs are dropping, and this will be a big help in the next quarter.

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  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Barclays and The Hartfold popped while Apple and Penn National Gaming dropped.

  • Futures are down slightly, but that has little meaning these days. Many traders feel that yesterday's drop was due to: 1) distortions in price discovery created by the changing short sale rules; 2) the realization that many banks are still undercapitalized.

  • Futures were dropping even before the disappointing economic news, despite the talk of a Lehman bailout [facilitation, takeover]. It's not rallying because 1) the Street figured out that these events do not stop the drop in the markets;

  • These stocks look like they should be bought, right? Here's why they can't be.

  • After the close yesterday, RBC Capital put out a note:  "Next Credit Shoe to Drop on Banking Industry: We believe commercial and industrial loans (C&I), commercial real estate and non-resi construction loans will be the next credit problems for the banking industry brought on by the weakening in the US and Global economies."

  • Rio Tinto

    Chinese aluminum maker Chinalco, which holds a minority stake in Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto, may raise its stake if market conditions are right but it has no timetable for such a move, its president said on Monday.

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  • The German business confidence index (Ifo) declined to the lowest levels since August 2005, increasing concerns about a weakening Europe. The dollar has popped to its highest levels of the year. And Russia's stock market is down 5 percent to its lowest levels in six years, as most European countries are signaling they will not recognize the breakaway states of Georgia.

  • Nuclear Power Plant

    Strategist Bill Spiropoulos likes America's new-found fondness for nuclear power -- and he says there's one stock & one ETF that stand to profit.

  • The Dow shed 1.6 percent, putting it dangerously close to bear territory, as a fresh wave of worries about fallout from the mortgage crisis slammed financials.

  • Stocks opened mixed Monday as oil retreated and geopolitical concerns eased but financials suffered from a fresh wave of concerns.

  • Good news -- for bears: The markets are still heading lower, according to Kirby Daley, senior strategist at the Newedge Group. He tells CNBC that investors are being overly optimistic when it comes to equities -- because the U.S. economy isn't even close to a recovery

  • Stocks opened mixed Monday as oil retreated and geopolitical concerns eased but financials suffered from a fresh wave of concerns.