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  • White knights are hard to nail down as the savvy start hedging their bets and bear season arrives on Wall Street. The Lehman Brothers rumor mill heats up and investors turn a cold shoulder on stocks, as the indices enter bear-market territory.

  • Unemployment

    The US nonfarm payrolls number later on Friday will likely make or break the stock market's timid attempts at a rebound after declines in the first days of this month, but predictions for the volatile figure are as far apart as ever.

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    Sovereign fund Korea Development Bank  confirms it is talks  with Lehman Brothers about acquiring  a stake and Fitch cuts it ratings on preferred shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over concerns  about their access to capital.

  • Stocks pulled back Monday as a major selloff in China sent oil prices lower and dragged on the US market.

  • Stocks pulled back Monday as a major selloff in China set the stage for a rough day on the US markets.

  • The last trading day of August begins with some significant positives in the books: barring a major selloff Monday, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq will chalk up their sixth straight monthly gains, and the Dow will have its fifth monthly gain in the past six months.

  • At this point, stock index futures are pointing to modest gains at the open on Friday, as most markets in both Asia and Europe rose, with investors awaiting more macroeconomic data for clearer near-term market direction.

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    For three weeks in a row, banks have reduced their borrowing from the lending program that the Federal Reserve supplies emergency purposes.

  • At this point, stock index futures are pointing to modest gains at the open on Friday, as most markets in both Asia and Europe rose, with investors awaiting more macroeconomic data for clearer near-term market direction.

  • Banks stocks have risen too much already and are due for a correction, possibly pulling the whole market down, while optimism about a recovery is not complete, strategists and investors told CNBC Friday.

  • Stocks closed with modest gains, helped by a rally among bank stocks as well as oil prices.

  • Treasury Building

    Despite a seemingly endless flow of US government debt into the markets, foreign investors continue to gobble up Treasurys and keep yields relatively low.

  • The political world has awakened to the reality that currencies matter and aid with stimulating exports. This is why something must be done to halt the weakness of the US dollar.

  • Stock index futures are indicating a similar lack of conviction Thursday, drifting downwards on flat European stocks and losses in Asian markets.

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  • Stocks ended flat Wednesday as investors shrugged off solid demand from today's five-year Treasury auction and some encouraging economic reports.

  • Stocks were flat Wednesday as investors shrugged off solid demand from today's five-year Treasury auction and some encouraging economic reports.

  • The recession has provided a lot of fodder for comic relief. To help you with your watercooler show, here are more than 50 recession jokes—and some advice for how to tell them. On your mark...get set...joke!

  • Stocks rebounded Wednesday after a sharp jump in new-home sales.

  • Stock index futures extended losses after an initial uptick as data showed June orders for durable goods, excluding transportation, rose less than forecast despite overall orders posting their largest advance since July 2007.