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

  • 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.