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  • 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.

  • Dow Drops Over 400 Amid Economic Worries Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 3:20 PM ET

    Stocks continued to slide Thursday as worries about the economy -- and its impact on earnings -- outweighed enthusiasm for big rate cuts in Europe.

  • Holiday Stocks: Some Surprises (Part 2) Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 1:43 PM ET

    Holiday shopping looks bleak for U.S.  department stores, but there will be some exceptions, says David Strasser of Banc of America Securities.

  • Stocks That May Grow — When The S&P Falls Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 1:10 PM ET

    Scotsman Capital's Charles Crane is buying companies he thinks will deliver earnings growth next year — even if overall S&P 500 earnings drop 20% or more. That takes Crane into a variety of sectors.

  • See What People Are Saying About... Holiday Spending Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 12:06 PM ET
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    To win more market share during the crucial holiday selling season, Wal-Mart said it will introduce new price cuts every week until Christmas...

  • Stocks Slide as Economic Woes Trump Rate Cuts Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 11:21 AM ET

    Stocks continued to slide Thursday as worries about the economy -- and its impact on earnings -- outweighed enthusiasm for big rate cuts in Europe.

  • Holiday Outlook Gloomier After Weak October Sales Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 11:16 AM ET
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    Retailers are reporting some of the weakest sales in more than a decade as consumer spending dried up in October amid the uncertainty brought on by the financial crisis and mounting layoffs.

  • Rate Cut Fails to Lift Futures Higher Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 9:20 AM ET

    Futures were poised to add to post-election losses, as intensified worries about the global economy outweighed a sharp Bank of England interest rate drop.

  • Econ, Earnings Numbers End Up Worse Than Expected Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 9:16 AM ET

    The most important fact about the economic and earnings data in the past couple weeks is that it has generally been worse than the already lowered numbers predicted. We have seen this again this morning, with the exception of the Productivity number.

  • Market Insider: Thursday Look Ahead Wednesday, 5 Nov 2008 | 9:26 PM ET

    Thursday's chain store sales numbers could set the tone for a market obsessed with the weakening economy.

  • Get Ready—Same Store Retail Sales Will Be Awful Wednesday, 5 Nov 2008 | 2:44 PM ET

    Last week, analysts finally woke up and began aggressively cutting same store sales. As always, they have been late and the stock market has moved ahead of them.

  • Lower Gas Prices May Help Lift Holiday Retail Sales Tuesday, 4 Nov 2008 | 4:14 PM ET
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    Lower gas prices could provide a lift to what are otherwise predicted to be dismal U.S. holiday sales, but experts say it will take some time for consumers to feel confident enough about the troubled economy to resume spending.

  • Debt Crisis Puts Strains on Vender-Retailer Marriage Tuesday, 4 Nov 2008 | 1:03 PM ET
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    Facing the weakest holiday season in nearly two decades, retailers and the vendors who keep their shelves stocked are walking a fine line between helping each other stay afloat and protecting their profits.

  • Amid Turmoil, Corporate Giving Seen Steady in 2009 Tuesday, 4 Nov 2008 | 11:16 AM ET
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    Requests for help from top U.S. corporate charities has risen sharply, but spending in 2009 by some of America's largest foundations is likely to be flat as the companies behind them weather the global financial crisis.

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    U.S. retail chains may report some of their worst monthly sales results this week as the global financial crisis leaves its mark on ordinary consumers, casting new doubt on holiday season sales.

  • Stocks Start November With Barely a Flutter Monday, 3 Nov 2008 | 5:15 PM ET

    Stocks were mixed Monday as investors digested a mixed bag of economic data and marched in place ahead of Tuesday's presidential election.