Oil prices are expected to stay around $50 a barrel through next year, but that may not give much of a boost to consumer spending, the economy or stocks.
The bailout of Citigroup may have resolved that bank's problem with toxic mortgage debt. But the rest of the banking industry is still struggling with an estimated $2 trillion of such debt.
If the US auto industry is to survive, it will have to undergo a major transformation—slashing operations, focusing on fewer models, shedding dealerships and making better cars, analysts say.
Thousands of desperate homeowners who have sought help are being told that the $300 billion program isn't ready yet.
With unemployment rising and the credit crisis still far from over, cheaper gasoline and heating oil probably won't make much difference to consumers.
Credit-card delinquencies are likely to become the next flashpoint in the credit crisis, though the impact on the economy won't be as severe as the housing slump, analysts say