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  • BlackRock Expects Securities Auctions to Fail Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 5:33 AM ET

    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.

  • Dow Closes Higher as Investors Cheer Fed Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 5:01 PM ET

    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.

  • JP Morgan's Bargain, Fed Actions Help Stocks Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 3:35 PM ET

    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 Brothers -- The Next Banking Casualty? Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 2:50 PM ET

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

  • Dow Pares Losses; Lehman Plunges Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 11:40 AM ET

    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."

  • Bear Stearns Weekend Talks Reveal 2 Key Contenders Saturday, 15 Mar 2008 | 8:42 PM ET

    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.

  • Week Ahead: The Fed & The Bear Friday, 14 Mar 2008 | 6:20 PM ET

    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.

  • Dow Ends Up for Week Despite Bear Sell-Off Friday, 14 Mar 2008 | 6:01 PM ET

    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.

  • European Stocks at the Mercy of US Outlook Friday, 14 Mar 2008 | 4:08 PM ET

    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.

  • Bear Stearns News Mauls Market Friday, 14 Mar 2008 | 2:04 PM ET

    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.

  • Bear Stearns Bailout Spurs Fears of Spreading Crisis Friday, 14 Mar 2008 | 1:51 PM ET

    Bear Stearns said a cash crunch forced it to turn to the Federal Reserve for emergency funds, intensifying fears of a widening global credit crisis.

  • Stocks Fall Sharply After Bear Stearns News Friday, 14 Mar 2008 | 11:26 AM ET

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

  • Options: Heat At Morgan Stanley, BSC and Oil Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 | 11:36 AM ET

    Will Morgan Stanley  be the next financial company on the Wall Street hot seat? Rebecca Darst of Interactive Brokers thinks that might well be the case.

  • Dow Jumps 1%; Caterpillar, Bear Climb Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | 11:36 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a broadly flat open for Wall Street Wednesday, following the previous session's huge rally, as investor enthusiasm at the prospect of more liquidity and looser collateral rules by the Federal Reserve started to dwindle.

  • SEC, CFTC Formalize Cooperation Agreement Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 1:56 PM ET

    Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox said Tuesday that the SEC's agreement with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission brings the two regulatory bodies closer to integrating their responsibilities.

  • Lehman Brothers Laying Off 5% of Global Workforce Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 1:36 PM ET

    Investment Bank Lehman Brothers is laying off 5 percent of its work force across all lines of its business, CNBC has learned.

  • Merrill Shares Fall; To Quit Subprime Business Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 11:03 AM ET

    Merrill Lynch on Wednesday said it will eliminate 650 jobs as it stops making subprime mortgages through its First Franklin Financial unit.

  • Gold lost some of its luster today after U.S. Treasury Under Secretary David McCormick gave support to the idea of International Monetary Fund gold sales. Earlier today, the Treasury, in a turnaround, said it would support gold sales from the IMF's reserves if they are part of a package reforming the way the organization operates.