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  • Stocks rallied to the finish line as the buzz around the market was that a bailout deal could come tonight before the debate.

  • The Dow turned positive Friday as investors were encouraged by words from President Bush and a steady stream of legislators that a bailout deal will get done. Techs took a hit as Research In Motion's outlook rattled tech investors.

  • Another black eye for the housing sector: KB Home reported that its third-quarter loss was more than four times that of the same quarter last year. But there's hope yet...

  • KB Home says its third-quarter loss quadrupled from a year-ago period helped by hefty gains on the homebuilder's now-discontinued French operations, and missed Wall Street expectations.

  • The consensus is that if nothing gets done, the market will crash. A minority note that with the consensus overwhelmingly believing that, it is unlikely to happen. Few are willing to make that bet now.

  • Melissa Lee sits in for Maria Bartiromo, discussing Thursday's top business and financial stories -- and looking ahead to Friday's events.

  • At least one company will benefit greatly if Paulson's plan is passed.

  • Stocks got an early boost from Buffett's vote of confidence in Wall Street but the meandering hearings on the bailout sucked the air out of the trading floor. By the closing bell, financials had fallen and only techs were left carrying the torch of hope.

  • Stocks made a modest advance Wednesday,  boosted by Buffett's investment in Goldman Sachs and optimism that a bailout could boost tech spending.

  • Stocks made a modest advance Wednesday after Warren Buffett, one of the most highly-regarded investors, calmed the anxious market with a $5 billion investment in Goldman Sachs.

  • Stocks made a modest advance Wednesday after Warren Buffett, one of the most highly-regarded investors, calmed the anxious market with a $5 billion investment in Goldman Sachs.

  • The Dow got a little bump at the opening bell but fell off the cliff into a triple-digit decline after pending-home sales dropped more than expected. Adding to the uncertainty in the market, Lehman Brothers  fell to its lowest level in a decade amid market buzz that the brokerage is going to be unable to raise the capital it needs.

  • The Dow got a little bump at the opening bell but pared its gains after pending-home sales came fell more than expected. There had been little conviction in buying Tuesday as enthusiasm waned over the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and worries about the economy returned to the markets.

  • After the announcement of the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae bailout, mortgage rates fell to their lowest level in about five months.  Here are the longer term trends...

  • Stock index futures pointed to a flat open for Wall Street as enthusiasm waned over the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and worries about the economy returned to the markets.

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    Day to day the news is still bad. Lousy earnings today from Toll Brothers after lousy earnings from Hovnanian yesterday after lousy housing starts data for July (starts at a 17-year low). Yet the S&P Homebuilding index shows the group up 20% over the last two months.

  • There are homebuilder strategies for savvy investors, says Randy Frederick. The director of derivatives at Charles Schwab gave his plays for the sector now.

  • As commodity prices decline, the retail sector revs up.

  • Plus, his take on housing stocks and a call correction from last week.

  • Stocks finished higher in feather-light trading Wednesday, boosted by a rise in financials and energy stocks, as well as a better-than-expected durable-goods report.