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  • The stock market ends the week negative by more than 3%, for the worst weekly performance since 2/9/2008 for the Dow and NASDAQ, and the worst weekly performance for the S&P since 6/21/2008.  Intraday the Dow falls 20% from its market high of 14,164.53 set on October 9th, pushing the market into bear market territory, with the S&P 500 and NASDAQ also close to a 20% loss from their peak levels.

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    Almost everywhere they looked during the week, investors saw red ink flowing. But CNBC guests worked hard to find bright spots in the murk.

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    The seemingly endless surge in energy prices is lightening wallets at gas stations, but it's also a potential bonanza for investors.

  • CNBC asked the market experts for their best stock picks now.  Here's a sampling of their suggestions.

  • Five-star fund manager Gerald Jordan finds power for his portfolio across the spectrum of energy stocks: two "traditional" plays and two China solar energy stocks.

  • To give investors an edge, CNBC asked the market pros for their best investment advice now.

  • Most business news this week took a back seat to oil's relentless climb, but there were still some notable moments. And CNBC guests had plenty of stocks to recommend for worried investors.

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    Crude oil hit yet another record high today, crossing $130 / bbl for the first time ever.  Yesterday on CNBC, Boone Pickens predicted $150 oil and on Friday, analysts at Goldman Sachs raised their outlook for crude oil prices during the second quarter of 2008 to average ~$140 per barrel. 

  • To give investors an edge, CNBC asked the market experts where investors should be placing their bets now.

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    Oil companies are making historic fortunes these days -- but they can't sell a drop without the oil services companies. Which oil services stocks will pump the biggest returns?

  • The S&P Energy sector is up almost 8% for the week led by BJ Services up over 16% this week.

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    Halliburton said on Monday that first-quarter profit rose 6 percent as customers in markets including the Middle East and Asia spent more on oil and gas exploration and production.

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    Consumer inflation rose by 4 percent over the last 12 months -- reflecting a 17 percent surge in energy costs and a 4.4 percent rise in food prices. Where are the safe investments in this environment? Jon Fisher, portfolio manager at Fifth Third Asset Management, named the sectors -- and the stocks -- that will thrive as inflation constinues to climb.

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    The days of $80 oil are over, according to Gerald Jordan, portfolio manager of the Jordan Opportunity Fund, and that is why he’s placing his bets on the oil services sector.

  • Despite word to the contrary from the Fed, the charts suggest inflation is flaring up. With oil and gold breaking out how should you trade?

  • There are ways to play the stock market when interest rates are rising, analysts say, but investors should proceed with caution. "The market doesn't normally do well with rising interest rates, so a more defensive posture is in order," Bruce Bittles, chief investment strategist at Robert W. Baird, told CNBC.com."

  • The current surge in oil prices is good news for some oil services and equipment stocks,  according to Terri Campbell, Eastern Investment Advisors Managing Director. Cameron International and Weatherford International are two that Campbell paticularly likes.

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    Constellation Brands CEO Richard Sands joins the guys for a spirited discussion as they go behind the headlines and give you their take on ... Merck ... the railroads... and more. Find out where they're making fast money.

  • Cramer goes through the mailbag, answering questions about IPOs, oil service companies and more...Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.