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  • Stocks fell sharply on Thursday as the Fed's lowered outlook and disappointing economic data rattled investors, who had been recently feeling optimistic. Initial jobless claims dropped by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 631,000 last week, slightly higher than expected, and continuing claims surged to another record. Experts weighed in on the above and more. Read and listen to what they had to say...

  • The Dollar Index is at its lowest level since December; what does it mean? It's a strange day-the dollar is usually inversely correlated to the stock market-that is, on days when the dollar is weak, equities and commodities usually get a lift.

  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of McDonald’s and Arch Coal popped while Wells Fargo and Palm dropped.

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    The prices of risky assets have been soaring over the past two and a half months as investors continue to pile into stocks, corporate bonds, commodities, and anything else that has the potential to go up in price, writes guest blogger Michael Farr.

  • With trillions still sitting on the sidelines is there a real resiliency in stocks? Or are gains being driven by irrational exuberance?

  • Investor Spring Cleaning - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks continue to gently whipsaw Wednesday, but the Vix volatility/fear index is still subsiding. Art Cashin, UBS Financial Services director of floor operations, offered CNBC his stock-market insights.

  • Andrew Busch

    There was very good news out yesterday from the financial sector on efforts to raise money via share sales. One major financial institution was successful and one regional institution announced their intentions. This comes on the heels of successful capital raises $8.6 billion from Wells Fargo and $4 billion from Morgan Stanley.

  • Pershing Square Capital Management LP's William Ackman is waging a proxy fight against Target Corp. to replace four of the company's independent directors with four of his loyalists and himself. Ironically, Ackman is attacking Target's three greatest strengths: governance, integrated merchandising, and value creation. Ackman has chosen the wrong Target.

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    A viewer writes, “With the roller coaster ride today, would it be better to go defensive with Johnson & Johnson or would a banking name like Wells Fargo be the better play.”

  • Stocks ended a rocky session mixed as a banks rally fizzled and an unexpected drop in housing starts left investors a little shaky. Still, a gauge of fear dropped below a key level.

  • After a morning dip dampened Monday's gains, stocks bounced back Tuesday. Art Cashin, UBS Financial Services director of floor operations, offered CNBC his insights and outlook for the stock market.

  • Dan Greenhaus of Miller Tabak and Scott Minerd of Guggenheim Partners discussed their outlooks on the economy — and where to put your money.

  • As Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan Chase are amongst the first banks expected to pay back the TARP, the S&P Financials have been leading the charge since this rally began.  But which banks have been the best performers of late?

  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Macy's and Citigroup popped while Allegheny Energy and Lorillard dropped.

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    Kirk Kerkorian and Warren Buffett are two more of the world’s richest investors who have just revealed how they’re gaming stocks!

  • A big rise in bank stocks combined with an influx of bargain hunters Monday helped stocks reverse much of the effects of last week's slump.

  • Experts Jason Pride at Haverford Investments, and Barry James of James Advantage Funds shared their outlook for the economy.

  • US stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open Monday following a negative week for the major indexes. But overall market direction remained uncertain as the bulls and bears struggled to take control.

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    The Dow and S&P 500 closed lower Friday, though the bulls weren't too badly bruised. How should you be trading now?

  • Stocks flopped Friday, capping a dismal week, as bank stocks pulled back after recent gains.