You know Wall Street, always on to the next thing before the last one is even finished.
There hasn't even been a deal on Lehman Brothers yet and already the Street is looking ahead to who's next, setting its crosshairs on AIG.
AIG was an albatross around the Dow, falling 31 percent today -- and 46 percent for the week -- as traders have started to raise questions about its viability.
Meanwhile, they're bidding up auto makers amid hopes that they're the next to get a handout from the federal government. General Motors was the top gainer on the Dow.
For the week, however, the Dow gained 200 points, or 1.8 percent, snapping a four-week losing streak. The S&P gained just under 1 percent and the Nasdaq was pretty much flat.
It was a dizzying week, that's for sure: Stocks started off with a nearly 300-point rally on Monday amid enthusiasm for the government bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But the air was quickly let out of the tires as investors began to increasingly worry about Lehman ... and then Washington Mutual ... and then AIG ... in what felt like an endless week of twists and turns. Of course, this was also the week that oil decided to drop below $100, just to keep things interesting.
You have to look at the big picture, Tobias Levkovich, chief U.S. equity strategist at Citi, told CNBC.
"There are different things going on in the market than there are at individual companies," Levkovich said. "The market is actually kind of looking past this," he said, referring to worries about the financial sector.
Indeed, financials were the biggest decliner this week, off 2.5 percent, but most other sectors were higher, with consumer staples, utilities and consumer discretionary stocks all up more than 2 percent for the week.
Levkovich sees the problem areas as energy, materials and industrials, with oil trading down near $100 a barrel and other economies around the world heading for a slump. He's overweight on health-care equipment and services, banks, insurance, chips and chip equipment.
Crude oil dipped below $100 a barrel before settling at $101.18 a barrel amid concerns about Hurricane Ike, which is barreling toward the Texas Gulf Coast.
Oil shed $5 a barrel this week, its second straight week of decline. Crude is now off about 30 percent from its record close of $145.29 on July 3.
General Motors jumped more than 5 percent, making it once again the Dow's top performer, as Goldman Sachs joined the bailout chorus, saying it is "more likely than not" that government money is coming for U.S. auto makers before Congress adjourns at the end of the month. That echoed sentiment a day earlier from JPMorgan.
GM shares are up nearly 40 percent since they hit $10 at the end of August. Shares of rival Ford are up roughly 14 percent in that amount of time.
Financials were the primary source of discontent.
Lehman Brothers shares dropped more than 13 percent, to close at $3.65. The stock has been under assault for months amid concerns about the brokerage's liquidity but the assault intensified this week, sending the stock down nearly 78 percent.
The buzz in the market is that a deal is coming this weekend, probably Sunday night. Several big names have been bandied about, including Barclays, Bank of America and HSBC .