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  • Citigroup, Wells Fargo in Bidding War for Wachovia Sunday, 28 Sep 2008 | 6:26 PM ET
    A Wachovia branch bank is shown in a Charlotte, N.C. file photo from July 20, 2006. After a rough year, the banking industry appears headed for another in 2007. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

    Citigroup and Wells Fargo were locked Sunday in a bidding war over a possible emergency takeover of Wachovia, the New York Times reported.

  • Lawmakers to Vote Monday on Bailout Bill Sunday, 28 Sep 2008 | 4:58 PM ET

    Lawmakers geared up to vote Monday on creating a $700 billion government fund to buy bad debt and alleviate the financial crisis while European regulators scrambled to save two struggling banks.

  • Kudlow: A Paulson-Cantor Plan Is a Win-Win Saturday, 27 Sep 2008 | 12:52 PM ET

    A strongly worded memo from Democrats obtained by CNBC blasts an alternative bailout proposal from House Republicans, saying it would amount to "a true bailout of Wall Street fat cats."

  • Memo From Democrats Blasts House GOP Plan Saturday, 27 Sep 2008 | 12:41 PM ET

    A strongly worded memo from Democrats obtained by CNBC blasts an alternative bailout proposal from House Republicans, saying it would amount to "a true bailout of Wall Street fat cats."

  • Market Insider: The Week Ahead Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 8:05 PM ET

    The state of the financial markets' bailout and the credit crunch are dual concerns for investors in the week ahead.

  • For the week ending Friday, September 26, 2008,  the major U.S. Indices tumbled for the week as uncertainty lingered over the Congressional $700B bailout package.  We also witnessed a historic bank failure, unsatisfying housing data, a continued rise in jobless claims, and a record one-day gain in the price of crude.  The S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite shed more than 3% for the week. The NASDAQ had the worst weekly performance amongst the three major indices, losing 3.98%, followed by S&P 500 which lost 3.3%, marking their biggest weekly drops since the start of Sept. for the NASDAQ & since mid May for the S&P.

  • Audit Report Blasts SEC's Oversight of Bear Stearns Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 4:10 PM ET
    Christopher Cox

    A government audit obtained by CNBC blasts the Securities and Exchange Commission's handling of the investment banking crisis. In response, the SEC says it is scrapping the way it regulates big investment banks.

  • Dow Turns Positive; Techs Tumble Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 3:22 PM ET

    The Dow turned positive Friday as investors were encouraged by words from President Bush and a steady stream of legislators that a bailout deal will get done. Techs took a hit as Research In Motion's outlook rattled tech investors.

  • Bailout Comments Help Stocks; Techs Tumble Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 12:38 PM ET

    Investors hit the brakes Friday, but it wasn't the 25-car pileup many had expected amid hope that a bailout bill will get passed by Congress. The Dow shaved 100 points off its decline after President Bush and congressional leaders offered words of encouragement that this deal will get done. The Nasdaq took a hit as worries about Research In Motion’s outlook spooked tech investors. Investors hit the brakes Friday, but it wasn't the 25-car pileup many had expected amid hope that a bailout bill will get passed by Congress. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled about 130 points at the opening bell then cut its loss to only about 20 points after President Bush and congressional leaders offered words of encouragement that this deal will get done.

  • Battling The Credit Crunch Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 12:13 PM ET
    For more than a year now, the credit crunch has whipsawed financial markets, reshaped the financial services industry and taken a big bite out of US economic growth. The US government has taken a number of dramatic steps--both conventional and extraordinary -- to try to remedy the problem. Take a look at what was done.

    The US government has taken a number of dramatic steps—both conventional and extraordinary—to try to remedy the problem. Take a look at what's been done.

  • Poll: What Should Be Done to Rescue Markets? Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 9:52 AM ET

    Democratic leaders in Congress want to throw a lifeline to homeowners, not just Wall Street. Do you agree?

  • Stocks Open Lower as Bailout Talks Stall Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 9:32 AM ET

    Investors hit the brakes Friday, halting the rally that started Thursday, as political wrangling cast a pall of doubt that the government's bailout plan for the financial system might not get done.

  • Futures Slump on Bailout Trouble, WaMu Fall Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 9:27 AM ET

    US stock index futures indicated sharp declines for Wall Street on Friday as political wrangling extended uncertainty over the government's proposed $700 billion bailout for the financial system.

  • The consensus is that if nothing gets done, the market will crash. A minority note that with the consensus overwhelmingly believing that, it is unlikely to happen. Few are willing to make that bet now.

  • Bailout Negotiations Hit Snag, Some Say Deal Is Dead Thursday, 25 Sep 2008 | 7:13 PM ET

    The fate of a Wall Street bailout remained unclear as a White House meeting of both parties ended without an agreement and some participants said a deal may even be dead.

  • Wall Street Firms Provide Way Around Short-Sell Ban Thursday, 25 Sep 2008 | 5:05 PM ET

    Hedge funds executives tell CNBC that several Wall Street firms are marketing a new hedging product that would allow them to "short" stocks-, even those on the banned short sale list.

  • Poll: When Will Congress Pass A Bailout? Thursday, 25 Sep 2008 | 12:51 PM ET

    The White House cited "significant progress" in the financial bailout but it was unclear if a deal would be reached by the time lawmakers meet with Bush this afternoon.

  • Techs Carry the Torch Amid Bailout Blues Wednesday, 24 Sep 2008 | 4:49 PM ET

    Stocks got an early boost from Buffett's vote of confidence in Wall Street but the meandering hearings on the bailout sucked the air out of the trading floor. By the closing bell, financials had fallen and only techs were left carrying the torch of hope.

  • Spurt of Optimism Gives Stocks a Lift Wednesday, 24 Sep 2008 | 4:25 PM ET

    Stocks made a modest advance Wednesday,  boosted by Buffett's investment in Goldman Sachs and optimism that a bailout could boost tech spending.

  • Market's Reaction To Today's Hearings Wednesday, 24 Sep 2008 | 4:09 PM ET

    The market was quiet for most of the day. This is the narrowest trading range we have seen this month. Volume was light.