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  • Stocks shaved some of their earlier losses as financials gained.  Sony and BP shares rose.

  • Job Losses

    Weekly jobless claims will again be a big event for Thursday's markets, and economists think the number will not really show any improvement.

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    A confidential survey of workers on the Deepwater Horizon before the oil rig exploded showed that many of them feared reprisals if they reported mistakes or other problems.  The NYT reports.

  • A Coast Guard boat passes as workers put oil containment booms in the water as they try to protect the inlet waterways from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on June 7, 2010 in Pensacola, Florida. Early reports indicate that BP's latest plan to stem the flow of oil from the site of the Deepwater Horizon incident may be having some success.

    As BP moves closer to permanently containing the Gulf oil spill, four major oil companies are moving to ensure there's a rapid response system in place, in the event of a future deep-sea well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Cash in a trap

    It’s no secret that bond funds are where the action has been over the past year, with most new fund money going their way. What is a secret—or at least something that never gets discussed—is the cost of investing in bond funds.

  • In a CNBC Exclusive, Marvin Odum, President of Shell Oil Americas and Shell Oil Upstream Americas Director told Maria Bartiromo that Shell may be interested in some BP assets if the British oil giant is considering a sale of its assets.

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    Today and tomorrow, Maria Bartiromo will host CNBC’s Closing Bell live from Aspen Ideas Festival. Over the last 50 years, this gathering has become the place for global leaders to come and gather at the one of the world's most beautiful spots to discuss the most innovative ideas and the most pressing issues.

  • Smoke rises from a controlled burn May 19, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico.

    More than two months after the Deepwater Horizon sank, it is now clear the energy industry doesn't know exactly how to stop a blowout in deepwater or how to clean up a massive spill.

  • Why Cramer sees promise in the production of this cleaner energy source, even if it isn’t for us.

  • Our traders consider what oil giant would buy the beleaguered company and when.

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    Some of BP’s other trading partners, or counterparties, are asking for letters of credit from banks to guarantee that BP will make good on future trading debts, says one of the people familiar with the matter.

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    Gander Mountain charged that on co-branded cards—these are cards that can be used anywhere as a Gander Mountain Master Card—ADS won’t give credit to Gander Mountain customers with FICO scores above 800.

  • Workers use a vacuum as they continue the cleanup of oil in Barataria Bay June 19, 2010 near Grand Isle, Louisiana.

    While oil companies have spent billions of dollars to drill deeper and farther out to sea, relatively little money and research have gone into finding new, improved ways to respond to oil spills in deepsea conditions like those in the Gulf of Mexico.

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    The Coast Guard reported Wednesday that energy giant BP has been forced to remove a cap that was containing some of the oil gushing from its ruptured Gulf of Mexico well.

  • Oil burns and creates plumes of smoke near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on June 19, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana.

    The Louisiana judge who struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has reported extensive investments in the oil and gas industry, according to financial disclosure reports. He's also a new member of a secret national security court.

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    With so much attention on Chinese stocks, something that gets very little attention: US-listed Chinese companies that went public through the back door. The back door, in this case..?

  • Stocks powered their way higher on Friday with both the Dow and the S&P 500 closing higher for the day and for the week. How should you be positioned now?

  • The desk is keeping a close eye on the action in BP after shares popped Wednesday in the wake of a dividend suspension.

  • An oil exploration company in a sea of post-BP oil exploration stock disasters.

  • Get long these 4 stocks as beneficiaries of a potential BP asset sale, says Liquidator.