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  • The Dow popped over 100 points in the final minutes of trading Friday after a yo-yo session — and a rocky week. Financials gained. Dell was among a handful of decliners.

  • Crisis in the Gulf

    Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency are considering whether to bar BP from receiving government contracts, a move that would ultimately cost the company billions in revenue and could end its drilling in federally controlled oil fields.

  • A Greenpeace activist walks on an oil-covered beach along the Gulf of Mexico on May 20, 2010 near Venice, Louisiana. Although BP says that it is capturing more of the massive oil leak, thousands of barrels continue gushing into the Gulf south of the Louisiana coast.

    BP says the amount of crude it's siphoning from the Gulf of Mexico leak fell to 2,200 barrels a day, down sharply from a capture of 5,000 barrels reported yesterday, due to a change in the flow of oil from the ruptured undersea well.

  • Germany's parliament approved the $1 trillion effort to stabilize the euro, though the opposition Social Democrats voted to abstain. The German contribution will be about $183 billion, as well as a $22.4 billion euro contribution to Greece. The US Senate passage of their version of the financial reform bill still creating uncertainty...

  • US stock index futures pointed to little change at the open Friday, with European markets also struggling, following a drubbing in the previous session as the Dow saw its worst point loss in 15 months.

  • Sea Otters presented by BP

    On the same day the Gulf of Mexico oil slick contined to spread—while lawmakers were feeding the public live video of the catastrophe—the oil giant BP responsible for one of the country’s worst environmental disasters was lauded as a hero.

  • Workers from United States Environmental Services bring a boat with oil booms into a dock May 3, 2010 in Pass Christian, Mississippi.

    The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered BP to use a less toxic chemical dispersants to break up the oil spill from its broken undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • The Syncrude oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta Province, Canada.

    Beneath the subarctic forests of western Canada, deep under the peat bogs and herds of wild caribou, lies the tarry rock that is one of America’s top sources of imported oil. The NYT reports.

  • The Dow tumbled over 100 points, or 1.1 percent, led by financials, as the dollar gained against the euro. Walmart was the lone gainer on the Dow. Oil ended below $70 for the first time this year.

  • Stocks continued to slide in choppy trading Tuesday as the dollar gained against the euro. Financials were the biggest drag after Germany issued a proposal to ban naked short-selling.

  • Euros at an angle

    The euro may be weakening, but it maintains a strong grip on the world's stock and commodities markets. For that reason, investors are keeping an eye on a full meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels Tuesday.

  • Stocks erased their losses in the final half-hour of trading Monday as consumer and tech stocks advanced.

  • Stocks declined Monday as steep slides in commodity prices hit energy and materials, while a weak Empire State manufacturing report put a damper on investor sentiment.

  • I am expecting the SEC to issue a preliminary report on the causes of the May 6 drop today or tomorrow. Along with the preliminary report, they will separately be issuing details on individual stock circuit breakers. Sources tell me that the single stock breaker will kick in when an individual stock drops 10 percent in a 5-minute period; this will halt trading in that stock for 5 minutes across all trading platforms.

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    BP said Monday it was siphoning more than one-fifth of the oil that has been spewing into the Gulf for almost a month, as worries escalated that the ooze may reach a major ocean current that could carry it through the Florida Keys and up the East Coast.

  • Stocks wobbled Monday as investors weighed a slew of M&A activity against a disappointing Empire State manufacturing report and weak outlook from Lowe's.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower Monday, as European debt has moved to the forefront on the list of Wall Street's concerns, and the euro has touched its lowest level in four years.

  • Oil booms are seen surrounding an island as they try to protect it from the massive oil spill on May 9, 2010 in Gulf of Mexico.

    Technicians were gingerly moving joysticks to guide deep-sea robots and thread a 6-inch tube with a rubber stopper into the 21-inch pipe spewing oil from the ocean floor. That work continued Saturday morning for a second day.

  • Oil booms are seen surrounding an island as they try to protect it from the massive oil spill on May 9, 2010 in Gulf of Mexico.

    BP Friday was attempting to insert a pipe to siphon oil from a blown out undersea oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and channel it to the surface, a company executive said.

  • The Dow ended sharply lower Friday as growing worries about Europe overshadowed encouraging economic data. Still, the blue-chip index ended up 2.3 percent for the week.