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  • Stocks looked set to go three for three, opening lower once again as doubt about the effectiveness of government intervention seeped deeper into the market. The Dow fell nearly 200 points, or 2 percent, in the first few minutes of trading.

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    With all the talk about bailing out Detroit's auto makers, there is one part of the equation people seem to gloss over. What will it take to get people buying cars/trucks/SUVs again?

  • Stock index futures indicated another down day for Wall Street, as investors doubted whether government intervention would alleviate economic turmoil.

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    The US government could be entering a bottomless pit of bailouts if it starts propping up failing companies outside the financial sector—including the struggling auto industry, economists say.

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    The push for an auto industry bailout gained momentum as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would bring the House back next week to approve "emergency and limited financial assistance" for the battered industry.

  • Stocks fell to their lowest levels in two weeks as worries about a global slowdown spooked the market.

  • Stocks continued to slide Tuesday as the positive effect of China's stimulus package gave way to renewed fears about the strength of the global economy.

  • We shouldn't let self-righteousness get in the way of doing what's needed to save this economy.

  • Stocks continued to slide Tuesday as the positive effect of China's stimulus package gave way to renewed fears about the strength of the global economy.

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    The markets need to have more certainty with the new developing financial market structure and the new US tax structure before banks stabilize and corporations can adjust plans for 2009.

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    For the past couple of weeks I've been telling viewers, readers, neighbors why a General Motor's bankruptcy is the last thing we want to see. Some have called me an apologist for Detroit. Others have said I'm clueless.

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    The struggling auto industry was thrust into the middle of a political standoff between the White House and Democrats on Monday as President-elect Barack Obama urged President Bush in a meeting at the White House to support immediate emergency aid.

  • The failure of this auto company, or its Big Three peers, could be as catastrophic as that of any major bank.

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    The U.S. auto industry's best chance for $25 billion in immediate government help may come next week when Congress returns.

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    Corporate bonds—not stocks—could be the big investment winner as the government continues to pledge billions of dollars to bail out too-big-to-fail companies.

  • WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    The Treasury Department's $700 billion bailout plan, also known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), is one of the main U.S. tools to address the financial crisis. 

  • Markets are braced for more hemorrhaging in jobs, with a Friday employment report expected to record 200,00 more jobs vaporized in October. This would push the jobless rate up two-tenths of a point to 6.3 percent.

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    General Motors will likely fall below its minimum cash needs of $11 billion to $14 billion in the first quarter of 2009 if the troubled automaker does not receive additional funding, said an analyst at Barclays Capital.

  • With the end of merger talks between Chrysler and General Motor, there is rampant speculation about what happens next to Chrysler. Sure parent Cerberus Capital would prefer to sell Chrysler as a whole, but the odds of that happening aren't real strong.

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    Australia's government is to inject an extra $2.3 billion into the ailing car industry to offset tariff cuts and a global economic slowdown, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Monday.