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On a week dominated by bailouts, stimulus and talks of bank nationalization, the Dow crashes through October 2002 lows and approached October 1997 lows in early trading Friday.
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Tuesday: President Obama signed the $787 billion economic stimulus bill into law, as governments around the world consider their own actions. But global markets plunged on fears of a deepening recession; Chrysler asked the U.S. for $2 billion more in loans and General Motors is widely expected to follow suit. Investors are fleeing to bonds and gold-backed securities. CNBC heard from experts who warned that the March "bear market bull" won't happen — but that we are, indeed, in a "bottoming process."
Stocks tumbled to November levels Tuesday as investors faced a fresh sign of the deepening recession and dilution worries gnawed at bank stocks. Wal-Mart was the lone gainer on the Dow after the retail giant beat earnings expectations.
Instead of asking what Warren Buffett has been buying, we should have been wondering what he's been selling. Berkshire Hathaway's stock portfolio snapshot for the end of the fourth quarter reveals its holdings in Johnson and Johnson have been slashed by more than half.
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Another round of layoffs was announced on Tuesday, adding to the gloom over rising unemployment.
Futures are down in the U.S., European banks are weak in Europe, bonds are up, and gold and other precious metals are rallying; gold at $966 this morning is continuing its slow march to $1,000 an ounce. It briefly climbed over $1,000 in March of 2008
Futures tumbled Tuesday as a sharp drop in New York manufacturing activity exacerbated worries about the deepening recession.
It may seem like the country that used to make everything is on the brink of making nothing.
Stocks are locked in a trading range that could be put to the test in the week ahead.