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    Despite the stock market sell-off find out why Karen Finerman and PIMCO's Mohamed El-Erian say they're more optimistic now than they've been in a while.

  • Friday couldn't come fast enough for stock investors. Thursday, like most of the week, was punctuated by wild, gut wrenching swings. Friday doesn't look like it will be much different.

  • Remember Crazy Eddie? Well, now CEO’s are saying their stock prices are insane.

  • ...So goes the market? It sure looks that way. Plus, Cramer offers his take on what might be a great value play.

  • To buy or not? That's the question facing traders today. Note that while financials are strong, the rest of the market is quite erratic. Only 4 of the 10 S&P sectors are up. That's due to questions about the global economy and earnings.

  • The US government will 1) take a $250 billion equity stake in the form of preferred shares which cannot be redeemed for three years, 2) guarantee bank-to-bank lending, and 3) remove deposit insurance levels for non-interest bearing accounts.

  • These former drivers of the world economy have all but disappeared. What’s an investor to do now?

  • Update: The House is moving quickly. They already have a Discussion Bill in circulation regarding the Treasury’s proposal. (READ STORY TO SEE IT.) The Dow moved in a 300 point range (which is normal for the past couple of weeks) today to end near the lows, but the volume has been much lighter than last week.

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has added a new stake in NRG Energy, according to a just-released portfolio 'snapshot' of its holdings in U.S. publicly-traded stocks as of June 30.  A sharply reduced stake in Anheuser-Busch may have been a bet that InBev's initially unsolicited offer for the U.S. brewer would prove to be unsuccessful.  Conoco-Phillips data is kept "confidential."

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    The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 51,000 jobs in June and a jump in unemployment rate up to 5.7%.  The drop is still well below the six figure numbers seen in past recessions.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

  • The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

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    By anyone's reckoning, it was a rough week.  Crude oil continued its relentless climb; banks and brokerages gave hints of more discouraging news; government data pointed to a weak economy; even strong companies like Nike, Oracle, and Research In Motion issued cautious guidance; and Federal Reserve policymakers, widely perceived as powerless to help, left interest rates unchanged.  But all week, even through the worst of the market's sell-offs, CNBC guests offered

  • To help investors through this volatile market environment, CNBC asked the experts for their best trades now.

  • Charlie Smith sees long-term opportunities in American companies -- but says keep your distance from consumers. Meanwhile, here's what to buy.

  • Friday was the first day in what should be a good run in the market.

  • Plus, why is China drinking our milkshake?

  • How a key acquisition turned this smokestack industrial into a new-tech stock.

  • Plus, concerns about First Solar, and oil's affect on natural gas prices.

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    What's Buffett buying? The answer appears to be 'not much' in the first quarter of this year, although his stakes in two healthcare companies and Kraft Foods did increase somewhat. Berkshire Hathaway's just-released disclosure of its U.S. stock portfolio holdings as of March 31 does not include any new names.