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    Back when things made sense in the stock market, a company announcing layoffs would be greeted as a positive sign that it was shoring up its bottom line.

  • The latest job cuts  in the banking sector come amid an overall wave of layoffs across the United States as companies move to cut costs in the face of slackening demand and a general economic downturn.

  • The latest job cuts  in the banking sector come amid an overall wave of layoffs across the United States as companies move to cut costs in the face of slackening demand and a general economic downturn.

  • The latest job cuts  in the banking sector come amid an overall wave of layoffs across the United States as companies move to cut costs in the face of slackening demand and a general economic downturn.

  • Markets are braced for more hemorrhaging in jobs, with a Friday employment report expected to record 200,00 more jobs vaporized in October. This would push the jobless rate up two-tenths of a point to 6.3 percent.

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    The desire to splurge on children at the holidays tends to make toys somewhat recession-proof. Still, with Mom and Dad watching their budgets more closely, toymakers are rolling out items at a wider range of price points to snag sales.

  • Markets are braced for more hemorrhaging in jobs, with a Friday employment report expected to record 200,00 more jobs vaporized in October. This would push the jobless rate up two-tenths of a point to 6.3 percent.

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    Markets are braced for more hemorrhaging in jobs, with a Friday employment report expected to record 200,00 more jobs vaporized in October. This would push the jobless rate up two-tenths of a point to 6.3 percent.

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    The job losses in this downturn are hitting workers across all income levels and job categories, and the cuts are swifter and broader than in past recessions.

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    The job losses in this downturn are hitting workers across all income levels and job categories, and the cuts are swifter and broader than in past recessions.

  • Stocks rallied to the finish line after another volatile session as signs began to emerge that credit markets may be defrosting.  The Dow gained more than 400 points.

  • Stocks were higher in a wobbly session as investors digested remarks from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.

  • Stocks rose more than 1 percent out of the gate Monday as investors snapped up some bargains after Friday's selloff.  Investors will be closely watching comments from Bernanke before a House panel. He is expected to say that we may need a second government package to stabilize the economy, according to prepared remarks.

  • U.S. stock index futures were higher Monday, at the start of an earnings-packed week, when investors will have a chance to dig down into corporate numbers in addition to tallying up bailout packages.

  • Parents get ready. The holiday toy season is on the way. With no mega-toy this year, manufacturers are hoping to win over kids with a variety of choices. Toys expected to be bestsellers this year range from cupcake makers to the latest LEGO sets to a large, moving dinosaur. Take a look at the 12 toys likely to be top sellers this year, according to Toy Wishes Magazine.»

    Take a look at the 12 toys likely to be top sellers this year, according to Toy Wishes Magazine.

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    In this Web Extra, Pete Najarian reveals where he's seeing interesting options action. Also Hasbro and Mattel have a $20 trick up their sleeves to trigger toy sales.

  • Prospects for a revised financial bailout improved as the Senate prepared to vote tonight and House leaders said headway is being made. However, CEOs are split on whether passing the bill is truly the best way to tackle the financial crisis.

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    Holiday sales are expected to grow at the slowest pace in six years as shoppers worry about jobs, the housing and stock markets and high gas and food prices, according to a forecast from the National Retail Federation being released Tuesday.

  • The Wall Street Journal reported this afternoon that MGA Entertainment is willing to share revenues from future sales of its Bratz Dolls with rival Mattel in order to avoid further litigation. (UPDATED)

  • Let others go after the extremes: RidgeWorth's Don Wordell is a mid-cap manager, and his 4-star RidgeWorth Mid-Cap Value Fund is up an average of 12.14 percent per year over the last five years.