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  • "If you look at historic patterns, the sort of lows that we are reaching in terms of sentiment as opposed to market levels suggest that over the next three to six months we should see higher market levels," James Bevan, chief investment officer at CCLA Investment Management, told CNBC.

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    One strategist is warning investors not to increase exposure to stocks until the “real selling capitulation takes place" and gold and Swiss Franc begin to decline.

  • Fast Money Web Extra

    The Fast Money crew offers special CNBC.com-only advice on your investments.

  • Financials Lead Market Lower

    How to invest as a bear market is just around the corner as worries over European debt intensify, with the Fast Money traders. Dennis Gartman, of the Gartman Letter, says "hide."

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    The past week's market drops and swings are dizzying. Everyday people are commenting that it is scarier than 2008. Now, that probably isn't true because no one is anticipating the inability to take money out of ATMs or the commercial paper market shutting down. Yet, there is something unnerving about the market declines, the uncertainty surrounding the economy and the lack of confidence in political leaders.

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    Analysts point out that U.S. banks have become much better capitalized than they were during the financial crisis of 2008. But shares of US major banks continue to move sharply lower.

  • Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

    The US Federal Reserve managed to spark a stock rally on Tuesday, but some economists are now left wondering if it will take tax cuts to inject real life into the broader US economy.

  • Word on the Street

    Dissecting the day's major business news, with the Fast Money traders.

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    "Using actual inflation numbers in the economy, as it was calculated 30 years ago before they had all these gimmicks to so-called adjust inflation, then we are right now in a very important contraction already in the economy," Dohmen said.

  • You could get motion sickness watching the U.S. markets these days. But the real sick man is Europe.

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    Some college athletic departments are figuring out the answer to juicing revenue — beer.

  • John Wayne

    Investors woke up Monday to a world in which America is seen as a greater credit risk than anytime in recent history, and they didn't like what they saw. The conversation around why we were downgraded can get as wonky as we want, but let’s not get caught up in the weeds. We are where we are because the problem is simple: Our country spends far more than it takes in—trillions more.

  • Investors are hungry for good news from today's FOMC meeting. Here's what Ben Bernanke can — and can't — deliver.

  • ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MAY 10: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves the Second Annual Conference of International Monetary Fund held at the Baur au Lac Hotel on May 10, 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland. The conference hosted by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), brought together central bank governors and senior policymakers, to debat about the reform of the international monetary system with topics such as global liquidity p

    Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted a housekeeper in a "violent and sadistic attack" in his hotel suite in Manhattan in May, a civil lawsuit filed on Monday alleges.

  • Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Following huge losses for the Dow on Monday and further selling in Asia overnight, the markets are watching what the Fed and Ben Bernanke will do at their July Meeting today. Speculation is mounting that the Fed will attempt to restore calm but one fund manager thinks that policy action is unnecessary.

  • Barclay's Bank

    The chief executive of Barclays has renewed speculation over the bank’s future in the UK if the British government pushes ahead with sweeping reforms of the industry, the FT reports.

  • Markets Plunge on Recession Fears

    Markets saw their biggest three-day drop since late 2008, with the Fast Money traders.

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    S&P is  worried about "what you're going to get in terms of the payback is going to worth a lot less, Gundlach said. "But that is not their job."

  • Even as Standard & Poor's continued to issue ratings downgrades in the wake of its downgrade of the US, rival ratings agency Moody's reaffirmed the country's AAA status.

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    Now that Standard & Poor's has done the unthinkable, you need to know who might take the next ratings hit. Here's the list, and how to trade it.