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  • For the week ending Friday, August 8, 2008, the U.S. markets ended the week on a positive note, cheered by a retreat in commodity prices, a Fed’s decision to keep rates steady at 2%, better-than-expected results in pending home sales, and a stronger dollar.

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    By anyone's reckoning, it was a rough week.  Crude oil continued its relentless climb; banks and brokerages gave hints of more discouraging news; government data pointed to a weak economy; even strong companies like Nike, Oracle, and Research In Motion issued cautious guidance; and Federal Reserve policymakers, widely perceived as powerless to help, left interest rates unchanged.  But all week, even through the worst of the market's sell-offs, CNBC guests offered

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    "People of all walks of life have been either guilty of overspending or the victim of some misfortune," says Greg McBride of  Bankrate.com

  • To give investors an edge, CNBC asked the experts for their best trades now.

  • Longbow Research's Lee Klaskow says railroads are feeling the effects of Midwestern flooding. But he's still buying stocks.

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    With thousands of displaced people and the floods working their way from Iowa down to Mississippi, the worst flooding in the U.S. Midwest in 15 years is adding pressure to the recent rise in prices for food and corn-based ethanol.  Here are some of the other businesses in the region, affected by the deluge.

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    For the first time in a long time, it looked as if oil was going to stay out of the market headlines.  No such luck. 

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    Here's our Fast Money Final Trade. Our gang gives you tomorrow's best trades, right now!

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    In Tuesday’s Web Extra find out how to play Border’s after the company slashed 20% of its corporate positions.

  • With high diesel-fuel prices putting the squeeze on trucking, shares of railroad companies are still in the green, according to Kevin Kirkeby of Standard and Poor's, and Lee Klaskow of Longbow Research.

  • To give investors an edge, CNBC asked the market pros for their best investment advice now.

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    Warren Buffett told reporters in Italy today that the high price of oil doesn't really affect his investment decisions.  In response to a question from CNBC Europe's Anna Martin, Buffett said that while oil does affect his operating businesses, it has a similar effect on his competitors.  "There's a real impact on society, but not much on our investment decisions."

  • Trains carry more for a lot less than trucks. But will diesel fuel slow them down? Lee Klaskow of Longbow Research gives the pros & cons.

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    The S&P and Dow eked out gains Monday as record oil prices boosted energy shares, but the Nasdaq slipped after a chipmaker's warning. What's the "Word on the Street?"

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

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    Warren Buffett's railroad ride with Burlington Northern Santa Fe looks increasingly profitable lately. The stock jumped almost 5 percent today (Wednesday) to close at an all-time high of $99.30.   That's a gain of almost 30 percent since Berkshire Hathaway finished up its most recent string of Burlington buys in late January.

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    Intel shares gapped higher after hours on guidance, setting up for a higher market open Tuesday. Also, a breakdown of the oil trade, CSX earnings and more.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Reynolds and Nationwide Financial Services popped while Citigroup and Rio Tinto dropped.

  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance on Monday offered to buy all the publicly listed shares of Nationwide Financial Services in a $2.2 billion move to simplify the mutual company's ownership structure.