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  • 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.

  • With interest rates near zero, and the Fed making plenty of money available, it should be stimulating the economy, but it isnt. That's because those who matter--the banks and consumer--choose to hoard the money instead of lending or spending.

  • Following are the week’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Dell and Playboy Enterprises popped while McDonalds and 3M dropped.

  • Stocks advanced Monday, but ended off session highs, as hopes for an auto bailout and action by world governments helped offset the grim reality of a fresh wave of layoffs.

  • Stocks continued to rally Monday as hopes for an auto bailout and action by world governments helped offset the grim reality of a fresh wave of layoffs.

  • Futures are trading up on hopes that the stimulus package from India, talk of a greater stimulus package from China, and President-elect Obama's talk to launch the biggest public infrastructure works project since Eisenhower will be game changers in the global slowdown.

  • Hartford is seeing heavy options trading Friday, as its stock soars more than 88% even as the broader markets drop. Hartford Financial Services, which has an average daily call volume of 10,000 contracts, saw 37,100 calls trade in the first hour of trading this morning. That's three times full session volume in just 60 minutes!

  • Commercial Real Estate

    I’ve been reporting on Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities today and the fact that despite relatively low rates of default on commercial loans, investors are still running for the hills. The trouble, as with everything in today’s economy, is the unknown. Investors think CMBS is the next shoe to drop.

  • It sounds simple enough, but this sector's at the heart of all our problems, Cramer says.

  • This stock's performance is a key barometer for the market, Cramer says.

  • Too bad that's exactly what most CEOs did, and now they're paying for it.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

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    Despite the stock market sell-off find out why Karen Finerman and PIMCO's Mohamed El-Erian say they're more optimistic now than they've been in a while.

  • Recapitalization of European banks is continuing: ING took a 10 billion euro ($13.5 billion) cash influsion; French banking giant Societe Generale was down on capitalization concerns; Sweden outlined a $205 billion plan to support its banks. Secretary Paulson will speak at 11:30am ET, giving details of the application process for the capital purchase program. Also: Oppenheimer is upgrading all the big oil and gas names this morning.

  • Has panic or forced selling completely separated prices from fundamentals?

  • In general, traders and analysts agree that: 1) these insurers have very little short-term debt; 2) do not use much financial leverage; 3) they receive new dollars every day that need to be invested.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • When will it be time to aggressively start buying stocks? You might be surprised to see what the charts suggest!

  • WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    Stocks opened aggressively higher Thursday as Wall Street sought to break a dismal six-day losing streak.

  • WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    Stocks opened aggressively higher Thursday as Wall Street sought to break a dismal six-day losing streak.