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    It's time for the Fast Money market midterm. Our topic is the housing market. Hope you studied because this one could be ugly!

  • Stocks will struggle in the week ahead as they face the multiple threats of record oil prices, higher interest rates, a weak housing picture, and the fragile financial sector.

  • Stocks fell sharply Tuesday as a warning from Goldman Sachs that banks may need to raise another $65 billion rippled through the market, offsetting any positive impact from Goldman's earnings.

  • Stocks gave up early gains Tuesday as investors weighed better-than-expected earnings from Goldman Sachs and a sharp jump in wholesale inflation. Oil climbed more than a dollar, trading between $133 and $134 a barrel.

  • Edward Lampert

    So there’s a bit of a blurb in the Wall Street Journal today about billionaire hedge-fund manager Edward Lampert and his ESL Investments Inc. buying into a few home builders (Centex and KB Home) as well as a few mortgage lenders (PHH and CIT) and Home Depot just to boot.

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    U.S. home builders, struggling under sinking demand and a credit crisis, now face a fresh obstacle: competition from a flood of homes in foreclosure.

  • Oil's relentless ascent finally pushed stocks over the edge, abruptly snapping the market's two-month rally.  The Dow dropped 3.9% for the week, dragged down by GM's 15% decline. Crude jumped $6 this week, settling at $132.19 a barrel. All U.S. financial markets are closed Monday.

  • Stocks finished mixed as an early rally fizzled and weakness crept into techs, retail and housing.

  • Stocks recovered most of their losses and were mixed in the final hour of trading as oil prices pulled back toward $126 a barrel.

  • Stocks declined after a report showed consumer sentiment fell to its lowest level in 28 years.  The market had opened with some optimism after a jump in housing starts, but the souring of consumer sentiment, and a jump in oil above $!27 a barrel, curbed gains.

  • You should, too. Cramer offers his top picks for the sector.

  • If it worked for President Gerald Ford in 1975, it could work now.

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    I get a press release probably once a week from the National Association of Home Builders on some or another green improvement, initiative, product or conference. So I was surprised by a study that claims none of America’s 13 largest publicly traded home builders has “fully embraced" the green market...

  • Stocks declined as the market pendelum swung back the other way, sending oil prices to a new high and early cyclicals such as financials and retail lower. Yahoo plunged.

  • Stocks declined, with General Motors dragging on the Dow amid news of another strike and Yahoo weighing on technology stocks.

  • Homebuilders Ryland and Pulte are reporting tomorrow. Don't expect much. There will continue to be significant pricing pressure & writedowns. Here's the key for the homebuilders...

  • With Alcoa's report yesterday afternoon, the official start to earnings season is here.  Here are the current forecasts from Thomson Financial...

  • Why's Congress handing money to homebuilders that homeowners should get?

  • Stocks finished slight lower Wednesday as the financial-driven rally that kicked off the quarter Tuesday lost steam. Energy, retail and chips finished mostly higher.

  • Stocks wobbled at the open Wednesday as the market looked to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, testifying on Capitol Hill today and tomorrow, for direction.