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  • The week began with a flashback to the credit crisis.  It ended with figures showing the fastest inflation in six months and the lowest consumer-sentiment reading in 28 years.  Along the way, as the stock market ebbed and flowed, CNBC guests assembled a collective portfolio that was heavy on technology, energy, and global exposure.

  • Stocks had a rocky afternoon as the market lost all its initial gains, then rebounded right before the close. Here's what some of the pros were recommending for investors.

  • Barry Ritholtz has had a "sell" on Lehman Brothers for several months.  The latest management turmoil just confirms his view.

  • BMC Software reported a 34 percent rise in second-quarter net income and said it was winning more deals against its competitors.

  • A rebound in the financial sector and positive earnings surprises triggered gains for some of the most actively traded stocks on Tuesday.

  • BMC Software, which makes systems management software, said its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings grew 22% due to lower tax expenses and increased sales.

  • The Lightning Round is back, and the callers are especially revved up. Cramer's got the word on Akamai, Cheesecake Factory and a lot more.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.