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  • Dell/Tech Stocks, Gustav Nerves Weigh on Market Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 2:24 PM ET

    Markets have headed lower late in the morning and into the afternoon, primarily on the Dell and Gustav news. Tech stocks have been struggling all day. Crude oil and natural gas futures were higher this morning, but the markets have not had any help from energy stocks. And Sen. John McCain’s choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as a running mate came as a surprise to many.

  • Stocks Slide as Dell, Oil Spur Selling Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 2:02 PM ET

    Stocks declined Friday after weak results from Dell and a jump in oil prices.

  • Carmakers Deserve Loan Guarantees, GM Official Says Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 11:26 AM ET
    General Motors logo

    A top General Motors executive said Thursday that automakers were “deserving” of as much as $50 billion in government-backed loans so that they can build more fuel-efficient cars, the New York Times says.

  • SUV Market Bottomed? Nope! Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 10:13 AM ET

    There's an interesting theory when it comes to the SUV market. It goes like this: now is the best time to buy an SUV because the used market has bottomed out and prices will soon start going up. The more I've heard this, the more I've talked with dealers. And you know what their reaction is? A good laugh.

  • Dow Gains 200 Points on GDP, Oil Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 5:17 PM ET

    Stocks advanced Thursday after second-quarter GDP was revised to show growth was more robust than first thought and oil receded to around $116 a  barrel after earlier topping $120.

  • GDP, Oil Pullback Give Stocks a Boost Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 12:05 PM ET

    Stocks advanced Thursday after second-quarter GDP was revised to show growth was more robust than first thought and oil receded to around $118 a  barrel after earlier topping $120.

  • Stocks Get a Lift From GDP Report Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 10:25 AM ET

    Stocks opened higher Thursday after the second reading on second-quarter GDP showed growth was more robust than first thought.   Tropical Storm Gustav, which is readying to move back to hurricane status and heading toward the Gulf Coast, continued to hover over the market and bump up oil prices.

  • Toyota Prius

    See, even mighty Toyota Motor is shifting into a slower gear. This morning in Tokyo, the company gave its business outlook for 2009 and beyond. It was mixed -- which is not surprising, given the economy. Here's Toyota's plan to stay ahead.

  • Futures Get a Lift From GDP Report Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 9:23 AM ET

    U.S. stock-index futures rebounded Thursday after the second reading on second-quarter GDP showed growth was more robust than first thought.  Tropical Storm Gustav, which is readying to move back to hurricane status and heading toward the Gulf Coast, continued to hover over the market and bump up oil prices.

  • Hell No! Hell Yes! Bailout Plan Fires Up Emotions Wednesday, 27 Aug 2008 | 11:08 AM ET
    Federal Loans

    Since I've started this blog I've have had people react strongly to some of the things I've said. But NOTHING compares to the e-mails I've read after advocating the need for Federal loans to help the Big 3 automakers re-tool and rebuild their operations.

  • Stocks Finish Flat as Gustav Looms Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 5:05 PM ET

    Stocks finished flat Tuesday, caught in the August crosswinds of a strong dollar and Hurricane Gustav. Oil rose more than $1 to settle at $116.27 a barrel.

  • Stocks Struggle as Gustav Looms Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 3:55 PM ET

    Stocks struggled to remain above water Tuesday, caught in the crosswinds of a strong dollar and Hurricane Gustav.

  • Honda's Fit: Can It Crush Chrysler? Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 3:54 PM ET
    2007 Honda Fit

    They say timing is everything. For Honda nothing could be truer. In the next couple of weeks an updated version of the company's red-hot subcompact, The Fit, will start rolling into showrooms. Talk about having the right model in place at the right time.

  • Stocks Sway in Hurricane, Dollar Winds Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 12:16 PM ET

    Stocks swayed between positive and negative territory Tuesday, caught in the crossbreezes of a strong dollar and Hurricane Gustav.

  • Do the markets prefer Republicans? Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | 7:31 AM ET

    With the Democratic National Convention starting yesterday, the conversation over which candidate will be better for the economy will heat up.  Here are some stats on the Dow and presidential elections. With the exception of FDR's takeover for Herbert Hoover, it looks like "Change" seems to be less favorable to the markets than continuity when a Republican is in office. The best year for the Dow, on the other hand, occurred under a Democrat's administration.

  • Dow Sheds 2% as Credit Jitters Rattle Financials Monday, 25 Aug 2008 | 5:20 PM ET

    Stocks declined Monday, led by financials, as investors waited for some resolution on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Lehman Brothers following rampant speculation last week.

  • Banks Lead Decline as Credit Worries Linger Monday, 25 Aug 2008 | 4:00 PM ET

    Stocks declined Monday as oil prices ticked higher. Volume is expected to be low this week as the summer winds down.

  • The Big 3 DO Need Federal Help Monday, 25 Aug 2008 | 2:04 PM ET
    The Big Three

    Let's get some things straight. As I write this blog, I'm fully aware some of you will scoff at the idea of the Federal government offering billions of dollars to the Big 3 in restructuring loans. I know some of you will say, "Don't give them a bail out. Let'em go under."

  • Summer Market Swoons - 2008 vs. History Monday, 25 Aug 2008 | 10:59 AM ET

    With Labor Day weekend coming this week, the markets have had a tough summer.  Is this a normal part of "sell in May" or is this year different?  Here's how this year compares.

  • Oil's Advance Weighs on Stocks Monday, 25 Aug 2008 | 10:36 AM ET

    Stocks declined Monday as oil prices ticked higher. Volume is expected to be low this week as the summer winds down.