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  • Sony became one of the latest companies to announce layoffs in attempt to rein in costs and weather the weak economy.

  • Further layoffs on Monday from big market names, including a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average an American business icon, added to employment gloom.

  • The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 533,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate climbed to 6.7%.  This is the highest drop in nonfarm payrolls since 1974 and the highest unemployment rate since October 1993.  The October payroll numbers were revised to a loss of 320,000.  Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.

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    The Dow fell on Thursday as a sharp drop in oil prices sent the energy sector tumbling and disappointing profit outlooks raised the specter of a worsening economy.

  • Stocks ended sharply lower Thursday amid anxiety over a fresh round of layoffs, dismal same-store sales numbers and the prospect of tomorrow's jobs report.

  • The Big Three CEOs returned to Washington to meet with the Senate Banking Committee today, as AT&T and other companies reported job cuts. Following are today's top videos:

  • Lousy sales, weak earnings and more layoffs reigned over Thursday, with glum news from Nokia, Viacom, Merck, AT&T, DuPont, Credit Suisse and retailers across the board. European central banks enacted big rate cuts. And  Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke urged more government efforts to stanch soaring home foreclosures. But CNBC heard from experts who say that while the news will get worse through 2009, markets will periodically rally — and one strategist sees the Dow at 12,000 in 2010.

  • Seems like more investors are buying on bad news. Find out why the traders believe this is a "somewhat encouraging" sign!

  • Stocks opened lower Thursday amid a fresh round of layoffs and dismal same-store sales numbers, but soon turned mixed after an unexpected drop in jobless claims and better-than-expected factory-orders report.

  • I'm not one to defend "Wall Street," but the senators at the auto hearing noting that we have given billions to the financial industry and have been giving the auto companies a hard time with their request for money are missing several important points:

  • Stocks opened lower Thursday amid a fresh round of layoffs and dismal same-store sales numbers, but soon turned mixed after an unexpected drop in jobless claims and better-than-expected factory-orders report.

  • The latest job cuts  in the banking sector come amid an overall wave of layoffs across the United States as companies move to cut costs in the face of slackening demand and a general economic downturn.

  • U.S. stock index futures were getting battered by a fresh round of layoff announcements by some major companies and mostly dismal news about retail sales.

  • Plus, Cramer makes the call on retail, oil and stocks with dividends.

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

  • While some investors were standing on the sidelines during the market rally, Alan Lancz was busy buying, with a one-word explanation:  Valuation. (Part Two)

  • There’s no offense like a good defense. Find out how to keep your cash, even in the worst of times.

  • There’s no offense like a good defense. Find out how to keep your cash, even in the worst of times.

  • Fort Pitt Capital Group's Charlie Smith has been getting an early start on his holiday shopping — and he has some stock-buy suggestions based on what others have been buying.

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    Back when things made sense in the stock market, a company announcing layoffs would be greeted as a positive sign that it was shoring up its bottom line.