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  • Stocks Finish Mixed but VIX Ends Below 30 Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | 5:34 PM ET

    Stocks ended a rocky session mixed as a banks rally fizzled and an unexpected drop in housing starts left investors a little shaky. Still, a gauge of fear dropped below a key level.

  • Risk Can be 'Managed' With These ETFs: Strategist Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | 2:59 PM ET

    Investors can control risk factors by investing in managed ETFs, said Carrie Coghill Kuntz, president and co-founder of D.B. Root & Company.

  • The Largest IPOs In US History Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | 2:21 PM ET
    Last year (2008) was an extremely quiet one for initial public offerings, with only 21 IPOs hitting the market. By comparison, 159 took place in 2007. Recently, there has been a relative flurry of IPO activity; three of the four IPOs on US exchanges this year have hit in the past two weeks: Rosetta Stone (RST), Changyou.com (CYOU) and Bridgepoint Education (BPI). April 2009 is already the most active month since July 2008. Thus far, however, all the IPOs this year have been tiny by historical st

    pril 2009 is already the most active month since July 2008. Thus far, however, all the IPOs this year have been tiny by historical standards.

  • Halftime Report: Does Vix Drop Signal S&P Pop? Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | 1:13 PM ET

    On Tuesday traders were talking about declines in the Vix. Historically, when the Vix has closed below 30, the S&P 500 has climbed 6% in the following 6 months.

  • Stocks Bounce Back; VIX Falls Below 30 Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | 11:22 AM ET

    Stocks bounced back Tuesday as banks rallied and a gauge of fear in the market dropped significantly.

  • Housing Dents Stocks; VIX Falls Below 30 Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | 10:38 AM ET

    Stocks declined Tuesday after housing starts unexpectedly fell to a record low.

  • Futures Pare Gains After Housing Report Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | 8:43 AM ET

    Futures pared gains Tuesday after housing starts unexpectedly fell to a record low. Futures had been pointing higher for most of the morning, buoyed by news that banks may break free from the government's grip.

  • Financials That Are Leading the Rally Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | 8:23 AM ET

    As Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan Chase are amongst the first banks expected to pay back the TARP, the S&P Financials have been leading the charge since this rally began.  But which banks have been the best performers of late?

  • Repaying Bailouts May Undercut Benefit for Taxpayers Tuesday, 19 May 2009 | 5:05 AM ET
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    Americans were promised a reward for rescuing the nation’s banks. In return for all those bailouts, the banks essentially granted stock options to the government — a potential jackpot for taxpayers once the crisis blew over, the New York Times reported.

  • Mad Mail: Hyman Roth Returns to Cuba? Monday, 18 May 2009 | 9:26 PM ET

    Plus, Cramer answers questions about secondary offerings and the banks and investors who may – or may not – benefit from them.

  • Cramer's New Favorite Bank Stocks Monday, 18 May 2009 | 8:24 PM ET

    Sure, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs are top-notch firms, but they don’t hold the most potential upside. Here are the three that do.

  • Banks Rebound to Help Stocks Close Higher Monday, 18 May 2009 | 4:05 PM ET

    A big rise in bank stocks combined with an influx of bargain hunters Monday helped stocks reverse much of the effects of last week's slump.

  • Bank stocks have started off the week at a gallop. Will this trend continue  straight upward — and how should investors play it? Bob Doll, vice chairman & global CIO of equities at BlackRock, offered CNBC his take on the sector.

  • State Street

    State Street started a public offering of its common stock Monday and said it was planning a separate public offering of non-guaranteed senior notes soon, to be able to repay the funds it received under the government's TARP program.

  • Gov't Crackdown On Loosely Regulated Securities Friday, 15 May 2009 | 5:44 PM ET

    The CME jumped about 12% this week, with investors betting this exchange has the most to gain as the US cracks down on loosely regulated derivatives.

  • Dow, S&P End Week With Pullback Friday, 15 May 2009 | 5:39 PM ET
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    The Dow and S&P 500 closed lower Friday, though the bulls weren't too badly bruised. How should you be trading now?

  • Despite Market Gains, Strategist 'Very Cautious' Friday, 15 May 2009 | 5:24 PM ET

    Adrian Day, chairman and CEO of Adrian Day Asset Management, said that despite market gains in the last few weeks, he is still considering stocks carefully.

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    Even though Warren Buffett always says he likes stocks more when they're cheaper, he didn't do a lot of buying as Wall Street's major indexes fell to their bear-market lows (so far) in early March.  Berkshire Hathaway's first quarter stock portfolio snapshot shows no blockbuster buys. A few stakes did, however, get bigger during the first three months on the year.

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    Warren Buffett always says the cheaper stocks get, the more he likes them. But did he like them enough to do some buying for Berkshire Hathaway as prices plunged to their bear market lows in early March?  We'll have some answers late this afternoon (Friday) when Berkshire reveals its U.S. stock holdings as of March 31, the end of the first quarter.

  • Stocks Snap 3 Day Losing Streak Thursday, 14 May 2009 | 5:40 PM ET
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    Stocks gained Thursday as investors returned to financial and technology shares on bets the recent rally could have more room to grow after a brief pullback.