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  • Do the markets prefer Republicans? Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 7:31 AM ET
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    With the Democratic National Convention starting yesterday, the conversation over which candidate will be better for the economy will heat up.  Here are some stats on the Dow and presidential elections. With the exception of FDR's takeover for Herbert Hoover, it looks like "Change" seems to be less favorable to the markets than continuity when a Republican is in office. The best year for the Dow, on the other hand, occurred under a Democrat's administration.

  • Trading Fannie and Freddie Monday, 25 Aug 2008 | 3:39 PM ET

    Does a $2 billion debt sale by Mr. Mac put these stocks back in the buy column?

  • As the value of home mortgages crumbles by the day, Wall Street has hoped that commercial real estate loans would stay clear of the storm, the New York Times reported.

  • Cramer: Lehman's a 'Lurking Black Hole' Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 7:02 PM ET

    The bank is suffering one setback after another, helping to prevent the market from finding any solid ground.

  • Merrill and Goldman Sachs Settle Auction-Debt Probe Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 6:11 PM ET
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    Three more more financial firms, including Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs, reached settlements over the sale of auction-rate securities, a $330 billion market that collapsed in February.

  • Merrill's Thain, Cuomo Discuss Auction-Rate Probe Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 4:27 PM ET
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    Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain met with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Thursday in an attempt to reach a settlement of the auction-rate securities probe, CNBC has learned.

  • Merrill Settles With Massachusetts on Auction Debt Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 1:27 PM ET

    Merrill Lynch reached a settlement with Massachusetts over auction-rate securities, the latest in a string a accords between regulators and Wall Street firms over the $330 billion market that collapsed in February

  • Cuomo Threatens to Sue Merrill Over Auction-Rate Debt Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 9:52 AM ET

    Merrill Lynch has until Friday to settle an auction-rate securities case with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office or it will face a lawsuit, Cuomo warned during a CNBC interview.

  • Dow Ends Higher as Banks Eke Out Gains Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 5:15 PM ET

    Major U.S. indexes ended a choppy session higher, helped by a late rally in banks and better-than-expected results from Hewlett-Packard.

  • HP Results, Oil's Retreat Buoy Stocks Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 2:24 PM ET

    U.S. stocks ticked higher Wednesday after a sharp rise in crude supplies pushed oil below $114 a barrel.  Banks were scrambled by worries about more fallout from the credit crunch, while Hewlett-Packard buoyed techs.

  • Stocks Rise as Oil Trades Below $114 Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 11:15 AM ET

    U.S. stocks ticked higher Wednesday after a sharp rise in crude supplies pushed oil below $114 a barrel.  Banks were scrambled by worries about more fallout from the credit crunch, while Hewlett-Packard buoyed techs.

  • Financial Crisis Is Still Far From Over, Market Pros Say Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 10:29 AM ET
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    The financial industry was hit with more downgrades and dire predictions, sending most stocks lower in the already battered sector.

  • Financials Slammed Again As Pros See Crisis Growing Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 10:18 AM ET
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    The financial industry was hit with more downgrades and dire predictions, continuing a drumbeat of bad news for the already battered sector.

  • HP Boosts Stocks; Banks Slide Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 9:50 AM ET

    U.S. stocks index futures pointed to a higher open Wednesday as dollar strength helped offset a flurry of bank downgrades from Goldman Sachs.

  • Highest Yielding Stocks On The S&P Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 9:02 AM ET
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    Earlier this week, we wrote about the highest yielding stocks on the Dow.  The S&P 500 also has some nice yielding stocks.  If you are worried about the financials being able to continue to pay thier big dividends (with Freddie Mac's big slide, its yield is now over 20%!), there are nearly 40 stocks on the S&P that are currently yielding 5% or more.  Here's a breakdown.

  • Goldman Slashes Banks - Skewers Lehman Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 8:57 PM ET
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    After hours Tuesday Goldman Sachs slashed its earnings outlooks for some of its major rivals however it's the Lehman downgrade that has the traders most concerned.

  • Bove's Financials Note: How Bad Will It Get? Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 11:37 AM ET

    On a day when financials are again weak, Richard Bove at Ladenburg Thalman provided his clients with a long (70 pages!) note outlining the problem with the banking industry.

  • PPI Hits 27 Year High Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 9:33 AM ET
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    The growth of the Producer Price Index is now at levels not seen since 1981.  Here is a breakdown of the inflation benchmark to show you where costs are rising most.

  • Earnings Outlook Darkens, Adding to Investor Worries Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 2:03 PM ET
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    While second-quarter earnings may have cheered investors, the darkening outlook for the third quarter may crash the party.

  • Highest Yielding Stocks On The Dow Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 9:30 AM ET
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    Do you believe that financials, pharma and telecom can maintain through an economic downturn? If so, you might want to take a look at the Dow Industrials where some of the largest companies in the world are currently offering investors notably large dividend yields.