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  • Options Trading: Clues to Best Buy's Fate Wednesday, 12 Nov 2008 | 10:27 AM ET

    The pessimistic forecast from Best Buy this morning, which sent its shares tumbling in pre-market trading, was foreshadowed by some heavy options activity: Last Thursday we noted that OptionMonster's Heat Seeker system showed that some 22,000 puts had changed hands in the electronics retailer...

  • Stocks for a Down Market Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 | 5:02 PM ET

    Even in a down market, there are stocks that buck the trend.

  • Stocks Hit 2-Week Low Amid Global Worries Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 | 4:46 PM ET

    Stocks fell to their lowest levels in two weeks as worries about a global slowdown spooked the market.

  • All 30 Dow Stocks Fall, Led by GM, Alcoa Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 | 3:51 PM ET

    Stocks continued to slide Tuesday as the positive effect of China's stimulus package gave way to renewed fears about the strength of the global economy.

  • Stock Picker: 'Now Is the Time' to Shop Fire Sales Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 | 12:13 PM ET

    Pessimists look at the market and see the glass more than half empty.  Jeff Auxier of Auxier Asset Management sees quality stocks selling at fire-sale prices.

  • Global Economic Woes Drag on Stocks Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 | 10:28 AM ET

    Stocks continued to slide Tuesday as the positive effect of China's stimulus package gave way to renewed fears about the strength of the global economy.

  • Cramer: Why GM Matters So Much Monday, 10 Nov 2008 | 6:14 PM ET

    The failure of this auto company, or its Big Three peers, could be as catastrophic as that of any major bank.

  • Bankruptcy Under The Tree Monday, 10 Nov 2008 | 6:13 PM ET

    Investors are growing more worried about the health of retail, especially after Circuit City filed for bankruptcy protection.

  • Stocks Give Up Early Gains Monday, 10 Nov 2008 | 6:00 PM ET
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    The Dow ended modestly lower with investors worried about the outlook from a raft of companies including General Motors and Goldman Sachs in this harsh environment.

  • Circuit City Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Monday, 10 Nov 2008 | 9:45 AM ET
    A Circuit City store in Richmond, Virginia.

    Circuit City Stores, the No. 2 U.S. consumer electronics retailer, filed for bankruptcy protection Monday just a few weeks before the start of the key holiday shopping season, becoming the largest retailer to file under Chapter 11 this year.

  • Market Insider: Economy's Illness Keeps Spreading Saturday, 8 Nov 2008 | 11:24 AM ET
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    Like anxious relatives in a hospital room, investors have been watching the economy get sicker and sicker with new symptoms surfacing daily.

  • Stocks Rally but End Week Down 4% Friday, 7 Nov 2008 | 6:14 PM ET

    Stocks bounced back after a two-day selloff as traders shrugged off a bigger job loss than expected. It was a welcome reprieve after the bloodbath of the last two days but wasn't enough to dig out stocks completely and the Dow ended down 4 percent on the week.

  • Market Plays Defense Friday, 7 Nov 2008 | 4:50 PM ET

    For the week, the major industries saw uniform declines: Dow Industrials down 4.1 percent, S&P 500 down 3.9 percent, NASDAQ down 4.3 percent. However, financials were down 8.1 percent, while consumer staples were down only 1.2 percent.

  • Hot Holiday Toys: Will Elmo Reign Again? Friday, 7 Nov 2008 | 4:38 PM ET
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    With a dearth of dazzle in the holiday toy lineup this year, it looks like Elmo may just groove his way to the top again this year. But he might have to battle a robot or triceratops to win that coveted spot under the tree. Let the games begin!

  • The One Stock That's 'Working' Friday, 7 Nov 2008 | 11:47 AM ET

    Stuart Frankel's Steve Grasso buys what's been working. "People are looking at this market as, 'What's gotten beaten down? Let's buy those bargains. But I'm looking at it as, 'What has worked, in this horrendous landscape for stocks?'

  • Vanishing Jobs, Stressed Consumers Feed Downturn Friday, 7 Nov 2008 | 10:56 AM ET
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    The nation's unemployment rate is at a 14-year high, General Motors reported a massive third-quarter loss and says it may run out of cash next year, and Ford is planning more job cuts after burning through billions of its own.

  • Biggest 2 Day Decline Since '87 Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 7:41 PM ET
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    Stocks sold off on Thursday in their worst two-day slide since October 1987 with disappointing corporate outlooks and bleak sales from major retailers fueling invsetor fears.

  • Dow Drops 10% in Two Days After Election Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 5:21 PM ET

    Blue chips logged their biggest two-day decline on record as worries about the economy gripped the market the minute the U.S. presidential election was over.  Weak outlooks from Cisco and Toyota, dismal October retail sales and the prospect of a very grim payrolls number tomorrow fueled the selloff today.

  • Weak Data, Strong Opportunity Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 4:03 PM ET
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    All those negative same-store sales numbers might add up to positive results for investors.

  • Holiday Trimming: Retail Sales Estimates Come Down Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 3:47 PM ET
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    In the wake of dismal sales from retailers, the International Council of Shopping Centers cut its forecast for the holiday season, which it issued only two weeks ago.