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After hours CNBC’S Steve Liesman reveals late details of the government's plan to rescue the financials.
If you have a strong stomach and like a good gamble, the current volatility may be a good opportunity to put some money in play to beef up your portfolio gains in what's been a rocky year. While the pickings may seem slim, investment strategists say there are some opportunities within certain sectors, and if you are considering making broader bets, using options strategies can provide a good way to maximize gains while limiting losses.
The curb on short sales is giving the market a big lift now, but what happens in two weeks when the ban expires?
FBR's David Ellison is putting money into financials -- solid, insured, American banks. "Those are going to be the big winners here."
Remember, it's a quadruple witching expiration (expiration of stock and stock index options, and stock and stock index futures). The S&P 500 options stopped trading at the CLOSE last night, however the settle price is at the OPEN this morning.
Investment banks are out, and a new breed of bank is in.
CNBC's Maria Bartiromo discusses Thursday's wild market ride and rally, and looks ahead to Friday's events.
The U.S. government can't let Washington Mutual fail, according to Dick Bove of Dick Bove, Ladenburg Thalmann.
Wall Street tumbled to a three-year low on Wednesday after the rescue of AIG failed to calm a crisis of confidence in global markets, leaving banks scared to lend to each other.
Washington Mutual has put itself up for auction, people briefed on the matter told the New York Times.
What banks are worth buying?
Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.
Stocks rallied at the close after the Federal Reserve held the line on interest rates and investors were encouraged that Lehman Brothers and American International Group might work out deals to improve their perilous financial situation.
U.S. stock index futures dropped as fears mounted over the capital position of American International Group.
Plus, have we hit a bottom in financials? What banks are worth buying?
After hours S&P cut its ratings on Washington Mutual into junk territory and Wells Fargo said it would take a loss due to its exposure to Lehman.
The Street has been making this distinction for months, and it is now accelerating. For example, look at some of the smaller regional banks that have less exposure to construction/real estate than others, and how they have performed in the last year:
Investors should prepare for the worst just in case it turns out that Ben Bernanke knows nothing yet again.
Top economists discuss the fate of Lehman Brothers and how the company's outcome will affect the stock market while the CEO of Ford restructures his company—focusing on improving fuel mileage and efficiency. Plus, Hurricane Ike is expected to strike the southern US coast early on Saturday, bringing a massive storm surge that could prove fatal for those who have not left the area. Following are today's top videos:
Despite all the trouble in financials right now, the sector as a whole has been outperforming since July.