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    Stocks closed mixed after another volatile day that featured lowered outlook for two key insurers, more jitters over credit and mixed results from an effort to shore up financials.

  • Inflation took the spotlight as the newest fear to haunt investors, sending stocks down to end a volatile week that featured more credit worries and pervasive unease over the Fed's role in the market.

  • U.S. stocks closed higher as investors snapped up beaten-down financial shares on news ofthe latest large injection of funds into a major global bank.

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    Buyout firm Warburg Pincus has agreed to invest $1 billion in MBIA, bolstering the finances of the world's largest bond insurer amid concern about its ability to pay claims on faltering mortgage-backed bonds.

  • MBIA, the world's largest bond insurer, said Thursday it is looking at ways to shore up its capital base, a day after rating agency Moody's Investors Service said the insurer was "somewhat likely" to require additional capital.

  • Stocks closed sharply higher on hopes that a government plan to stem home foreclosures would help ease the housing slump's drag on the economy and underpin profit growth.

  • Stocks posted their biggest gains in a week even though a series of strong economic reports cast doubts about whether the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates next week.

  • Yes, it's possible. Cramer explains when too much profit spells trouble.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

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    Goldman Sachs issued a gloomy report on the financial services sector, saying housing prices are likely to fall further and write-downs will mount.

  • Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, may cash in from the credit market turmoil and worries surrounding the financial strength of bond insurers, including Ambac Financial Group  and MBIA, the Wall Street Journal said in its online edition on Monday.

  • Now that Citigroup’s Chuck Prince is gone, the Hall has a new king. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • These mortgage insurers are in denial, Cramer said. Also, the best sectors to invest in now and why retail is no longer a lost cause.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • The same goes for businesses with strong exports. After all, it's the domestic economy that's hurting, Cramer said, not markets overseas.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • There’s no place for bullishness until this mortgage/private-equity mess gets stabilized. But when will investors know that happened? Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Stocks closed higher as investors were encouraged by strong earnings reports despite lingering subprime concerns. "There wasn't much negative news today from the subprime market and people still want to buy the market," said Todd Leone of Cowen. "We were way oversold and I think you have some people putting money to work."

  • If there’s one thing that Cramer has learned from spending years and years at a trading desk, it is that rumors – more often than truths – drive bad markets. But overextended rumors can portend a rally, just like the one we had today. Here’s how you play the game so you don’t get played.