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  • Will history repeat itself? Cramer offers strategies and stocks for surviving the coming week.

  • Stocks got an early boost from Buffett's vote of confidence in Wall Street but the meandering hearings on the bailout sucked the air out of the trading floor. By the closing bell, financials had fallen and only techs were left carrying the torch of hope.

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    As I watched Yankee legends and their families take the field last night before the final game at the 85 year old House that Ruth Built, I was amazed again by how many winning years they have had. 26 World Series Championships in 85 years - the most wins of any professional sports franchise in history.  Did the positive energy from the wins flow down the East River to Wall St. and lift the markets those years?

  • The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.

  • Schering-Plough said Friday it will cut 1,000 sales jobs as part of broader cuts in a move to reduce costs and reposition itself in an ever-changing industry.

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    As the press release that came with the book says, "Compact enough to carry in a lab coat pocket, the paperback helps health care practitioners, particularly those who are newcomers to clinical diagnosis, understand and evaluate a wide range of symptoms."

  • With the markets starting down again today before rebounding, here are the top ten 2-day percent and point moves for the major indices. If the Dow closes down more than 23 points today, it would reach a top 10 point move. The S&P would need to close down less than 1 point to reach a top ten status. The Nasdaq is far from a top ten 2-day point or % move.

  • Plus, Cramer make the call on IBM, CSX, Celgene and more.

  • Jim Hardesty sees the glass more than half full. The strategist-economist of Hardesty Capital Management expects recovery -- and he has a few carefully-chosen stock picks.

  • The Democrats aren’t the only enemy of Big Pharma. The Fourth Estate has its own crusade against the group.

  • Stocks finished lower Tuesday as weakness in technology stocks sucked the air out the earlier  rally inspired by oil's drop and the dollar's surge.

  • Stocks came charging out of the gate, inspired by oil's drop and the dollar's surge, but weakness in technology stocks sucked the air out of the rally.

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    While I was on the "New England Journal of Medicine" Web site yesterday preparing my reports for today about the embargoed articles, I noticed a banner ad at the top of the homepage from Eli Lilly saying something along the lines of, "Coming Soon: Effient (Prasugrel)."

  • Stocks kicked off September with a rally, inspired by the more than $7 drop in oil prices and a surge in the dollar.

  • Stocks shot out of the gate Tuesday as the price of oil plunged more than $7 and the dollar surged.

  • Two reports and an editorial in "The New England Journal of Medicine" are raising questions again about the potentially higher risk of death from cancer associated with a popular cholesterol-fighting drug.

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    When the Food and Drug Administration approved a new type of cholesterol-lowering medicine in 2002, it did so on the basis of a handful of clinical trials covering a total of 3,900 patients. None of the patients took the medicine for more than 12 weeks, and the trials offered no evidence that it had reduced heart attacks or cardiovascular disease, the goal of any cholesterol drug, the New Yor Times reported.

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    This won't be much of an end-of-summer holiday weekend for the folks at Merck and Schering-Plough. That's because early Tuesday morning (5am ET) the detailed results of the so-called SEAS study will be presented at a scientific conference in Germany. This is the test of MRK and SGP's cholesterol drug Vytorin, which showed a higher incidence of cancer among the patients taking the pill.

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    In the current monster-sized issue of Vogue, my producer, Ruth, while killing time on the Delta shuttle on our way from New York to Boston for a shoot this week, uncovered a blogworthy story buried in the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of pages of fashion ads. It represents a whole new idea in the world of direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug advertising.

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    With the Democratic National Convention starting yesterday, the conversation over which candidate will be better for the economy will heat up.  Here are some stats on the Dow and presidential elections. With the exception of FDR's takeover for Herbert Hoover, it looks like "Change" seems to be less favorable to the markets than continuity when a Republican is in office. The best year for the Dow, on the other hand, occurred under a Democrat's administration.