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  • While indicating a modestly lower open earlier this morning, the markets turned around late in the morning on a strong rebound in financials and the digestion of a series of less pessimistic comments by corporate executives.

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    The slumping economy negatively impacted many smaller companies that reported earnings on Tuesday. The following are some firms that reported earnings before the opening bell:

  • The markets are poised for another weak open following a big round of earnings reports this morning. The earnings picture was far from pretty too, with many companies, from large industrials to regional banks, showing continued weakness in business conditions over the past quarter.

  • Bob Auer of the Auer Growth Fund has some definite standards for choosing stocks. He gets a chance to use them every earnings season — and this tough time is no exception.

  • Banks were hurt by a recent report by Mike Mayo, Cramer tells you why you should pay no attention to it, and points out the best and the worst in the sector.

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    Many of the recent fixes in the financial sector are merely "window dressing" and problems still persist in the banking sector, says veteran baking analyst Michael  Mayo.

  • A few of them look attractive right now, Cramer says. Here's one of his top picks.

  • Details of the government’s plan to convert its preferred shares to common shares in Citigroup have pushed stock futures sharply lower, with shares of Citi and other banks under pressure in pre-market trading.

  • The "higher risk" trade is unwinding. In the last week, there has been a simple trade: lighten up on defensive positions, take on more risk.

  • The government may view Bank of America and Citigroup as too big to fail, and dozens of smaller banks may soon find that size matters for them as well, the New York Times reports.

  • Housing starts and permits were well below expectations, but in the topsy-turvy world today many traders believe that the lower the starts and permits the better, since it means less inventory that needs to be worked off.

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    SunTrust, KeyCorp, Fifth Third, Comerica report substantial losses on writedowns or setting aside cash to cover loan losses.

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    A wash of earnings news and weekly jobless claims will help decide the market's course Thursday, but there's a good chance there will be follow through to Wednesday's rally.

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    Stocks will struggle with a heavy dose of bad earnings news that could dash investor hopes for an Obama rally in the week ahead.

  • For the week: Dow down 3.7 percent, S&P 500 down 4.5 percent, NASDAQ down 2.7 percent. The good news was that, on an options expiration day, most major sectors were to the upside.

  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Fortress Investment Group and Infosys popped while Sony and Barclays dropped.

  • Drifting lower on light volume: is this what the first quarter of 2009 will look like? Stocks moved lower today, with declines accelerating midday, but a rebound in the last half hour limited the losses.

  • "I dread looking at Wall Street tomorrow. It's not going to be a pleasant sight." Senator Harry Reid, Thursday night. Gee, Mr. Senator, don't get into the stock commentary business.

  • Citigroup’s board will likely convene today to discuss many of these alternatives. This comes after the stock has lost half of its value this week, as it closed below $5 yesterday

  • WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    The Treasury Department's $700 billion bailout plan, also known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), is one of the main U.S. tools to address the financial crisis.