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  • Stung by outsize investment losses, some of the nation’s biggest companies are pushing Congress to roll back rules requiring them to put more money into their pension funds, just two years after President Bush signed a law meant to strengthen the pension system.

  • You could hear the screams on Wall Street (and perhaps a few sighs of relief that the bloodletting was over -- for today at least) when the Dow closed down 427 points -- to a level BELOW 8,000 for the first time in over five years. The market's in "critical condition," says Cramer, and likens it to a "hospital emergency room."

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    Senate negotiators sought to craft a compromise plan to bail out US auto makers, though prospects for a deal before Congress adjourns for the year still appeared remote.

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    The Dow tumbled on Wednesday closing below the psychologically important 8,000 level for the first time since March 2003.

  • Stocks plunged to a more than five-year low amid worries about the fate of the auto industry — and the economy — as a bailout for the sector grows increasingly unlikely.

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    If Congress turns its back on the Big Three auto makers—as many expect—investors probably won't drive the stock market off a cliff.

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    When it comes to the auto industry, there are more than just millions of auto-related jobs on the line. Billions of dollars in advertising—arguably the cornerstone of the industry—is at stake.

  • The flight into Treasuries, as well as the fact that credit default swap spreads are widening, is causing broad weakness in the stock market. .

  • Stocks declined Tuesday amid worries about the fate of the auto industry as a bailout grows increasingly unlikely.

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    An appeal for money from the Big Three is certainly generating a lot of interest among Fast Money's audience. What do you have to say?

  • Stocks opened mixed Tuesday as a pop in commodities and sharp drop in consumer prices briefly offset worries that Congress won't bail out auto makers.

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    To say law makers are skeptical about whether it makes sense to help out Detroit would be an understatement. The Big 3 and the UAW have failed to sell Congress on why they should help the auto industry.

  • The Consumer Price Index had its biggest one month drop ever.  Here is a breakdown of the inflation benchmark to show you where costs are falling most.

  • There are ‘stock’ people and there are ‘bond’ people. I am a stock person and have been all my life. It suits my personality because stock people are optimists. We see the glass as half full.

  • Stock index futures pared their losses Tuesday after a report showed consumer prices posted their biggest decline in 61 years.

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    Do Chinese automakers need a bailout? China's auto industry is quietly pressing Beijing for government help as it copes with a jarring slowdown, top Chinese auto executives tell the New York Times.

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    "I don’t see what’s in the history of the automakers that leads anyone to believe that a $25 billion dollar loan isn’t just throwing good money after bad," says Karen Finerman. Agree?

  • What's (not) up with small cap stocks? A glance at the market Tuesday showed the Dow down about 1 percent but the Russell 2000 Small Cap Index down more than 3 percent, causing many an observer to wonder what the heck is — or isn't — going on with the little guys.

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    If the US auto industry is to survive, it will have to undergo a major transformation—slashing operations,  focusing on fewer models, shedding dealerships and making better cars, analysts say.

  • Stocks made another attempt at a rally Tuesday as investors juggled uncertainty over the govenrment bailout plan and an encouraging outlook from Hewlett-Packard.