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  • Stocks fell sharply Friday, with volatility expected to remain high due to the expiration of options, oil prices continuing their climb and bank worries slamming the financial sector.

  • A blast of negativity surrounds the financials this morning and is dragging stocks lower on what promises to be a volatile day.

  • These names are going down, so steer clear.

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    The Dow made a modest advance Thursday as a sharp drop in oil prices helped counter renewed concerns about the strength of the economy. What's the "Word on the Street?"

  • Stocks bobbed up and down Thursday, struggling to hold onto gains, as investors weighed oil's retreat against a dismal manufacturing reading and a fresh wave of concern about banks.  Oil slipped nearly $5, settling at $131.93 a barrel.

  • Bill Gross, chief investment officer at top bond fund Pimco, told CNBC Thursday that U.S. regional banks are at a disadvantage to their larger rivals because investors and regulators don't see them as too big to fail.

  • Stocks wavered Thursday after a dismal manufacturing reading and a slew of analyst downgrades.

  • Tech Shines

    Wall Street can be a fickle place, and as investors wonder where they ought to park their money while they ride out the economic volatility gripping the country right now, they may want to harken back to some oldies but goodies: Apple Inc., Google, Research in Motion and Amazon.

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    Citigroup could take substantial write-downs for subprime mortgages, leveraged buyout loans and other assets in the second quarter, the company's chief financial officer said on a call with investors.

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    Spain's Telefonica hopes to buy a 10% stake in wireless operator China Unicom to take advantage of opportunities from Beijing's plan to overhaul its telecoms industry, the Financial Times said on Thursday.

  • Gloom and doom predictions can't keep a good trader down. Here's what the Fast Money gang says could be worth a look!

  • U.S. banks may need to raise $65 billion of additional capital to cope with mounting losses from a global credit crisis that will not peak until 2009, Goldman Sachs & Co analysts said on Tuesday.

  • As the world watched Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate take it down to the wire at the US Open, the Dow was struggling with its own rivalry: Banks were trying to lead a rally, while a handful of stocks were dragging on the blue-chip index. Oil ended down at $134.34 abarrel.

  • Stocks bounced back from an early slide as banks recovered and strength permeated techs, housing and retail stocks.  The market had opened lower as oil neared $140 a barrel and after a report from the New York Federal Reserve on regional manufacturing activity showed a worse-than-expected contraction. Lehman shares rose after the firm reported a loss on target with its pre-announcement.

  • Only a year ago, Wall Street reveled in an era of superlatives: record deals, record profit, record pay. But a mere 12 months later, nearly half of the profits that major banks reaped during that age of riches have vanished, the New York Times reported.

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    American International Group CEO Martin Sullivan stepped down from his post, as expected, after growing discontent among the board and shareholders with his management of the insurance giant.

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    American International Group is expected to hold a board meeting Sunday to decide the fate of Chief Executive Martin Sullivan, CNBC has learned.

  • For the week ending Friday, June 13, 2008, the markets were mixed on varied economic news, renewed credit concerns from Lehman and the financial sector, and of course, oil.  A surprise increase in retail sales gave hope for economic growth and a rising CPI suggested a potential rate move on the horizon that could strengthen the dollar and begin to tame inflation. 

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    After another volatile Wall Street session, Dylan labels Thursday "a big fiasco," with the lion's share of the blame going to the Microsoft-Yahoo crash-and-burn. Any possible deal has been aborted for the second and -- very likely -- last time.

  • Stocks pulled back following news that the Microsoft-Yahoo deal is off. Earlier, the market had rallied as oil prices receded, retail sales came in better than expected and merger in the beverage industry got investors jazzed up.