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Stocks PulteGroup Inc

  • Options trading turned bullish in Lennar Monday, after Citigroup predicted that the home builder will survive the housing bust. Call volume surged to 12,428 contracts, more than triple the 20-day average...

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    The National Association of Home Builders says its housing market index increased for the second month in a row in May, reflecting growing optimism on the part of many builders

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    They looked like hot stocks; so how are the Fast Money traders playing Pulte, Fortress and other losers, now that they've been burned!

  • The April employment report and Thursday's late news on bank stress tests will steer Friday's markets.

  • Stocks pulled off a gain after a turbulent session Wednesday as investors weighed reports that indicated the pace of layoffs is beginning to slow against worries that the rally may be getting ahead of itself.

  • Stocks opened higher following two reports that showed the pace of layoffs is beginning to slow but soon turned mixed as investors pulled the reins on the rally.

  • If Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke continues to see those "green shoots" in the economy, stocks could push higher again Tuesday.

  • After a couple of bearish days, the bulls regained their footing in the shortened trading week.   There was plenty of action off the trading floor as well, with a major decision by the Federal Accounting Standards Board, a heartening merger in the housing industry, and some impressive earnings projections from Wells Fargo.

  • On Wednesday, investors were intriqued to learn that a big merger appears likely in the housing sector. Does it signal the worst is over?

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    Stocks snapped a two-day slide on Wednesday largely due to optimism about insurance firms and retailers.

  • Stocks pulled off a gain Wednesday, helped  by a late rally, as investors bet on a recovery in some big-name techs.

  • Cramer ventured a guess during Wednesday's Stop Trading!. Plus, a look at the recession's impact on the booze business. People drink more during hard times, right?

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    While a recent trickle of good news has some hoping that a housing bottom is on the horizon, investors are playing it safe.

  • Spring Real Estate Guide 2009 | A CNBC Special Report

    Pulte Homes' purchase of Centex certainly gave volume to the buzz that there is a housing recovery right 'round the corner.

  • The Pulte bid for Centex appeared to show that the housing industry has a pulse after all; there's been strong speculation about what the minutes from the Fed's last momentous meeting will say; and Alcoa's earnings, though dismal, failed to send Wall Street into a tailspin. The pros generally agreed about the effects of all those things, but there was no consensus at all about how soon things will look better overall.

  • Stocks wobbled Wednesday as the Treasury denied a report that it might extend TARP funds to some insurers and as earnings worries cast a shadow over the market.

  • As further proof of what I wrote about yesterday in the New Urge To Merge, today Pulte Homes and Centex agreed to merge.

  • So earnings season is underway, and the key test will be how the market responds to what is expected to be a concerted attempt to talk down expectations for the rest of the year.

  • Stocks opened higher Wednesday following news that the U.S. may extend TARP funds to insurers.

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    In a deal that will create the nation's biggest homebuilder, Pulte Homes is buying Centex for $1.3 billion in stock as both companies try to survive the worst real estate recession in a generation.