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  • Stocks ended the day significantly lower but avoided a catastrophe, as an orderly selloff staved off what some thought would be a massive market capitulation.

  • The latest round of deep selling brings out the pessimists and the optimists.

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    Shares of Microsoft rose in extended trading after the software giant reported a 2 percent rise in quarterly profit, driven by sales of new computer server software.

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    Microsoft reported a 2 percent rise in quarterly profit, driven by sales of new computer server software, and lowered its full-year earnings forecasts to account for a toughening economy.

  • Some of Wednesday’s beaten up groups – energy, utilities, and telecom, rebounded nicely and posted some strong gains, while materials and financials continued to see some weakness.

  • Stocks are trapped in a volatile selling wave, driven by fears of the weakening global economy even as credit markets continue to show signs of improvement.

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    In this Web Extra, the traders talk Microsoft. With the software giant set to report earnings Thursday after the bell how should you be trading?

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    Looking for ways to battle the bear. The Fast Money traders (and a few of their friends) have some ideas for you.

  • WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    Markets rallied for the second day in a row as credit markets began to thaw on government efforts, bringing confidence slowly back into the market. But will this rebound be sustainable? CNBC's experts weigh in.

  • Hey chief execs, if your company gets a takeover bid in this market, only one answer makes sense.

  • 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.

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    With so many other factors powering the market these days, third-quarter earnings could be little more than an afterthought.

  • The Dow has swung in a 250-point range this morning, but it barely feels like it. We did see the usual short, sharp rally which took the Dow up 200 points — followed by another short, sharp decline that took it back down 200 points.

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    A slight thaw in the credit freeze could warm up some cautious buying in battered stocks in the week ahead.

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    Following are the “Fast & Furious” trades - hot ways to play next week's market moving events.

  • Stocks ended down for the day but still pulled off a gain for the week.

  • Coming off the worst week ever where volatility continues to rule, enhanced by options expiration Friday, the major indexes are all up about 4% or greater for the week.

  • Some stocks are more popular than others. But that doesn't mean they're always the best shares to hold. Michael Farr, president of Farr, Miller and Washington, gave his assessment of five of the most widely held companies.

  • WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    The credit crunch has meant tight money, so "Philanthropy is getting slammed," says Portfolio magazine editor in chief Monday Joanne Lipman told CNBC. "All the banks are major donors," she adds, citing Merrill Lynch as well as insurer AIG.