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  • Financial Woes Slam Stocks; GM Shines Monday, 2 Jun 2008 | 4:55 PM ET

    Stocks closed lower Monday, snapping last week's rally, amid a fresh wave of financial worries and inflation concerns. General Motors rose.

  • Financial Sector Slammed By Fresh Credit Worries Monday, 2 Jun 2008 | 4:06 PM ET
    Credit Crunch

    Downgrades of three U.S. investment banks, an ouster of Wachovia's CEO and a bleak U.K. housing outlook reignited fears about the global credit crunch.

  • "Whack-ovia" Helps Drives Fear Of Financials Monday, 2 Jun 2008 | 3:05 PM ET

    The latest shoe to drop came this afternoon when Standard & Poor said it was lowering the ratings of Merrill Lynch, Lehman and Morgan Stanley. Traders, though, say the move was not really a surprise and is trailing the market's view.

  • Financial Downgrade Slams Stocks; GM Rises Monday, 2 Jun 2008 | 2:17 PM ET

    Stocks declined amid concerns about inflation following a manufacturing report and a fresh wave of concerns in the financial sector.

  • Three Big Wall Street Banks Are Downgraded by S&P Monday, 2 Jun 2008 | 1:07 PM ET
    Credit Crunch

    Standard & Poor's cut the ratings of Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley and said the outlook for large US financial institutions is now mostly negative.

  • Month's End: Defining the May Market Story Friday, 30 May 2008 | 4:30 PM ET

    It's the last day of the month and no one wants to be a hero. But the Street is struggling to find a narrative -- it's not clear where we are, so instead of broad narratives I am getting a lot of little stories. Here are a few observations...

  • Money Flow: More Out Of Bonds Then Into Stocks Friday, 30 May 2008 | 9:15 AM ET

    Dell up 8 percent pre-open on a stronger than expected report. But oil is up, bonds are reversing their recent decline, and other metals like gold and copper are up slightly today, though a modest dollar rally continues.

  • Stocks Close Higher On Financials, Lower Oil Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 3:25 PM ET

    Stocks closed with solid gains, though well  off their highs, amid strength in the financial sector and a big decline in oil prices.

  • Financials Push Stocks Up as Oil Tumbles Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 2:01 PM ET

    Stocks turned higher, pushed upward by credit card companies despite some less-than-stellar economic reports and news that oil supplies took a dramatic and unexpected slide.

  • Stocks Get Boost from Credit Cards, Financials Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 12:49 PM ET

    Stocks turned higher, pushed upward by credit card companies despite some less-than-stellar economic reports and news that oil supplies took a dramatic and unexpected slide.

  • Dow Chemical's CEO: Where's the U.S. Energy Plan? Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | 9:10 AM ET

    Dow's CEO, Andrew Liveris, noted that first quarter feedstock and energy costs were up "a staggering 42 percent," putting strains on the company and its relations with customers. For most chemical companies, price increases have failed to keep up with raw material increases.

  • Oil Drops, Stocks Pop Tuesday, 27 May 2008 | 6:19 PM ET

    The Dow ended higher Tuesday led by technology companies as a sharp drop in crude oil prices rekindled hopes of increased consumer and business spending on tech gear...

  • Why Stocks Had A Modest Rally Today Tuesday, 27 May 2008 | 4:27 PM ET

    Overall, 3 stocks advanced for every 2 that declined. OK, it's not a roaring start to the summer, but consider the headlines: 1) May Conference Board Consumer Confidence fell to the lowest since October 1992.

  • Stocks Close Higher as Lower Oil Boosts Tech Tuesday, 27 May 2008 | 4:00 PM ET

    Stocks closed with solid gains, led by technology companies such as Apple, as investors bet that a sharp drop in crude oil prices will help shore up consumer and business spending on tech gear.

  • Market Worry: Stocks Hitting Recent Lows Again Tuesday, 27 May 2008 | 9:31 AM ET

    We are down three out of four days and the uptrend that began with the March bottom has now been broken. Many financials like Lehman are already sitting at or near their March lows.

  • BofA Cuts Outlook for Lehman, Goldman & M.Stanley Tuesday, 27 May 2008 | 8:06 AM ET

    Bank of America forecast a second-quarter loss for Lehman Brothers Holdings and cut its earnings outlook for Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, and said brokers may continue to underperform in the current challenged credit environment.

  • UBS Launches $15.5 Billion Discounted Rights Issue Thursday, 22 May 2008 | 2:25 PM ET

    Swiss bank UBS launched a deeply discounted rights issue worth 16 billion Swiss francs ($15.55 billion) on Thursday at a third below its latest market price in a bid to lure investors to repair its battered balance sheet.

  • Oil Gushes to Record, Stocks Plummet Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | 6:21 PM ET

    Oil suffocates any chance of stock gains and the Fed minutes further the declines. Also, playing the airlines as a proxy for oil and Dick Bove on summer for the financials.

  • Dow Sheds 1.8% After Fed Cuts Outlook Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | 4:34 PM ET

    Stocks plunged after the Federal Reserve cut its 2008 outlook and oil finished above $133 a barrel.  The Dow shed more than 227 points, or 1.8 percent, bringing its two-day point decline to about 450.

  • Market Drops On Fed Minutes Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | 4:32 PM ET

    The Dow has dropped 450 points in the last two days. Most of this is due to the record high price of oil, but at 2 PM ET today the markets dropped further as the Fed came out with its minutes, wherein they...