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  • The Market Week Ahead: Betting the Houses Sunday, 24 Feb 2008 | 9:51 AM ET

    U.S. stocks will face a heavy lineup of economic indicators next week and may come under pressure if any of the datapoints, particularly home sales,  signal that the United States is in or headed into a recession.

  • Market Turnaround Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 8:11 PM ET

    Wall Street staged a dramatic turnaround Friday, shooting higher in the last half-hour of trading after word that a bailout plan for troubled bond insurer Ambac Financial could be announced next week. What's the word on the Street?

  • Stocks Hit Reverse, Rise on Ambac News Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 4:14 PM ET

    Stocks reversed what had been a down session Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising on a CNBC report that progress is being made on a recapitalization plan that could save troubled bond insurer Ambac Financial's triple-A rating.

  • Dollar Slips vs. Euro, Yen on U.S. Recession Talk Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 3:57 PM ET
    Dollars and Euro

    The dollar fell against the yen Friday, as investors shunned risky trades such as stocks and high-yielding currencies after a brokerage downgrade of the top two U.S. home-funding companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • Financial Shares Hobble Markets Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 1:08 PM ET

    U.S. stocks tumbled Friday as downgrades on the two biggest home-funding companies dragged on the financial sector. 

  • Freddie Mac Gives Mortgage Insurers a Break Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 3:24 PM ET

    Freddie Mac, the No. 2 U.S. home funding company, said it will give its private mortgage insurance partners some relief by reducing the amount of money they must put into Freddie Mac's reinsurance system, leaving them more reserves to cover failing loans.

  • IndyMac Posts First Loss, Slammed by Subprimes Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 9:11 AM ET

    IndyMac Bancorp posted a $509.1 million fourth-quarter loss and suspended its dividend indefinitely Tuesday, but expects to be profitable sooner than expected as it recovers from soaring mortgage losses caused by the U.S. housing slump.

  • In their never-ending quest to put a positive spin on the housing market (it is, after all, their bread and butter), the Realtors (National Association of Realtors) today changed the way they report their annual housing forecast.

  • The Election & Your Portfolio: A Primer Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 6:00 PM ET

    Not paying attention to the elections and how it might affect your portfolio? Shame on you! Here's a brief primer: health care, tobacco, Fannie Mae and more...

  • Market Insider/Tuesday Look Ahead  Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008 | 12:14 AM ET

    On Wall Street Tuesday, a bright spot will be the ticker tape parade for those Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Maybe stocks could be like the Giants. Play crummy all season, and then reverse fortunes in the final minutes.

  • Mortgage Bonds Vulnerable to Bank Selling Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 8:21 AM ET

    More housing-related write-downs at U.S. banks could push them to sell more of their massive holdings of bonds issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, hitting the most stable part of the mortgage market.

  • Stop Trading!: Vytorin Panic = Buy Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 3:45 PM ET

    Merck and Schering-Plough are being sold off in a classic case of headline overreaction, Cramer says. Don't fall for it.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Stimulus Plan May Be a Boon to Higher-Priced Housing Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 11:49 AM ET

    Congressional leaders announced a deal with the White House Thursday on an economic stimulus package that would give most tax filers refunds of $600 to $1,200, and more if they have children.

  • A Perfect Storm for Profits? Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 7:42 PM ET

    There seems to be a “coalescence” of good news for the market, Cramer says.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Comeback Continues; Microsoft to Rally Market Friday Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 6:24 PM ET

    A slew of strong earnings, good jobs data and a bounce in commodities kept stocks afloat for the second day in a row. And with Microsoft blowing away its numbers after the bell, the traders expect the rally to continue.

  • Congress Unveils Deal for Tax Rebates Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 4:48 PM ET
    Tax Refund Check

    Congressional leaders announced a deal with the White House Thursday on an economic stimulus package that would give most tax filers refunds of $600 to $1,200, and more if they have children.

  • Stop Trading!: Trading the Stimulus Package Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 3:23 PM ET

    The bipartisan plan is a boon to builders and banks, Cramer says. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • While the Street is somewhat disappointed with the details of the stimulus package (most feel that $300 per person is not going to make a big difference), there is agreement that raising the conforming loan limit for mortgages that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can buy to $625,000 from $417,000 is an important development.

  • Stocks Drop But Crash Avoided Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 6:26 PM ET

    The surprise rate cut coming from the Federal Reserve appeared to calm investors somewhat after dramatic drops overseas. What's the word on the Street?

  • Stimulus Pkg Talk, JPMorgan Help Make Modest Rally Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 4:09 PM ET

    Stocks are rallying modestly off their mid-morning lows on several events: 1) Stimulus package talk--A stimulus package is a big topic on the Street today after House Majority leader Steny Hoyer said a stimulus package could be law within a month.

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