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  • Stocks turned mixed Wednesday after an initial jump spurred by news that regulators will provide some much-needed capital relief to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Visa shares surged.

  • U.S. investment banks are testing a new program set up in conjuction with the rescue of Bear Stearns that allows investment banks to borrow directly from the Federal Reserve, according to people at the banks.

  • There are reports this morning that Fannie Mae has won the capital relief some have asked for. At 9 am OFHEO (Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight--Fannie's regulator) has scheduled a conference call to discuss alleviating some of the capital constraints on Fannie and Freddie.

  • Buyers came back to Wall Street in a big way Tuesday, igniting a sharp rally and new debate about whether stocks have bottomed.

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    Stocks take off after better-than-expected earnings from Lehman and Goldman and go higher still on another Fed rate cut. Also, breaking news on the Visa IPO and more.

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    Morgan Stanley shares shot up 18% Tuesday, so why care about the brokerage's earnings report Wednesday morning? Cmon, there's always something to worry about.

  • A foreclosure home for sale is shown Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006 in Spring, Texas. Sales of previously owned homes plunged in July to the lowest level in 2 1/2 years and the inventory of unsold homes climbed to a new record high, fresh signs that the housing market has lost steam. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    The FBI's criminal probe of the mortgage lending industry has grown to 17 firms, involves large companies, and could take years to conclude, bureau officials said on Tuesday in a Reuters interview.

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    I’m working on a story for TV today about which builders are in the deepest doo-doo after the Commerce Dept. reports single family permits down 6.2 percent in January. Permits are down 30 percent since the August credit freeze and down 57 percent from their peak in September of 2005.

  • Asset manager BlackRock said Monday it expects auction-rate securities auctions to continue to fail, given roiling markets, and said it would explore ways to help its fund shareholders who are suffering due to the lack of liquidity.

  • Enthusiasm for the Federal Reserve's actions to stem the credit crunch propelled the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a higher close Monday, a day when everyone expected a rout due to weekend fire sale of Bear Stearns.

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average pared its losses Monday as the sell-off spurred by the fire sale of Bear Stearns wasn't as bad as expected.

  • Lehman shares tumbled more than 20 percent Monday as Wall Street speculated whether or not it's the ailing banking system's next casualty.

  • Stocks plunged at the opening bell Monday as investors were spooked by the cash crisis at Bear Stearns that forced its sale for $2 a share to JP Morgan Chase.

  • To everyone who called me or emailed me over the weekend saying, "How could this happen? How could Bear Stearns go from $57 to $2 in two days?" I would offer the comment of one astute trader, who said, "When you are levered 30 times and have no access to finance it doesn't take a huge move on $400 billion in assets and $260 billion of debt to wipe out the equity."

  • Department heads at Bear Stearns met with officials at J.C. Flowers and JPMorgan Chase Saturday afternoon to give an overview of their business divisions, including headcount and profit and loss positions, CNBC has learned.

  • For the week ending Friday, March 14, 2008 the US Markets ended mixed.  Market moving events include the Fed's $200B expansion of its securities lending program and the Bear Stearns bailout, amongst others leading to extreme market volatility.  The Dow gained 417 points on Tuesday, only to lose the majority of its gains to close up only 0.48% for the week.  The VIX crossed 30 for the first time since January. Next week, the markets will watch for the the FOMC announcement on interest rates Tuesday, the Visa IPO on Wednesday, and a slew of brokerage earnings including Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley and possibly Bear Stearns.

  • The big story of the week is the Fed's meeting Tuesday, but that meeting and all Fed activity takes on a new level of urgency after the central bank helped J.P. Morgan engineer a lifeline to keep Bear Stearns liquid.

  • Stocks tumbled Friday, after an initial jump, following news that J.P. Morgan Chase and the New York Federal Reserve are jumping in to help Bear Stearns.

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    European stocks are set to be dominated by events in the U.S. next week, as the Federal Reserve is likely to cut rate cuts further and the big three U.S. brokerages deliver earnings to volatile markets.

  • Stocks tumbled Friday, after an initial jump, following news that J.P. Morgan Chase and the New York Federal Reserve are jumping in to help Bear Stearns.