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Politics Barack Obama

  • S&P 500 rallies in a thin tape....the S&P 500 and its corresponding ETF popped about 6 points about 11:45 AM ET.  Volume and price moved up just as the index hit 990, which was where it closed yesterday, so technicals are likely a factor.

  • Oddly, stocks in Shanghai were trading UP in the morning session, when trading resumed in the afternoon (they have a break midday), the index fell apart. No explanation was offered for this, but several traders noted that Buffett's editorial in the New York Times appeared in this break, which happened around midnight Eastern Time

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    Fewer Americans say they are in favor of a complete overhaul of the American health-care  system,  according to a new NBC poll. And for the first time, more people oppose a government-run health plan than support it.

  • The correction may finally be starting: Stocks plunged more than 2% Monday in their worst selloff in 7 weeks.  The Nasdaq was the hardest hit, down nearly 3%.

  • The weekend was apparently not the pause that refreshes for Wall Street: Following a mild selloff on Friday, stocks opened sharply lower Monday.

  • The weekend was apparently not the pause that refreshes for Wall Street: Following a mild selloff on Friday, stocks opened sharply lower Monday.

  • Howard Dean

    Former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean, a leading figure in the liberal wing of his party, said Monday he doubts there can be meaningful health care reform without a direct government role.

  • The weekend was apparently not the pause that refreshes for Wall Street: Following a mild selloff on Friday, futures pointed to a sharply lower open for stocks Monday.

  • President Barack Obama

    President Obama said Sunday he's confident his drive to overhaul health care will succeed. The president writes in Sunday's New York Times about "health insurance reform" and says his attempt to overhaul the system is closer to reality "than we have ever been."

  • President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama is using political tactics and rhetorical devices honed in his White House campaign to regain the upper hand in the health care debate over increasingly vocal and organized critics.

  • FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair is pushing back against key elements of the Obama administration's financial overhaul plan, saying they wouldn't survive in Congress and calling her own alternatives more viable.

  • Outgoing Federal Housing Finance Agency director James Lockhart told CNBC Friday that there are some signs of stability in the housing market but it will take some time to fully recover.

  • Cramer fears that Washington may take notice.

  • Nice point gains across the board, with a lunchtime spurt to new heights. About equal strength in Telecom, Techs, Industrials, and Energy; Financials the market leader. 4-1 advancing/declining stocks.

  • President Barack Obama

    Does the inner Obama secretly favor private health care? It’s hard to know why President Obama said what he said at Tuesday’s health-care town hall in New Hampshire. He actually stated, “If you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.” Oops. Freudian slip?

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    Toll Brothers up 12 percent, leading builders higher today, and with good reason: the company reported that orders to buy homes INCREASED 3 percent year over year, the first year over year increase in 4 years.

  • President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama's campaign for a health care overhaul is an intense installment in a long-running story, dating to Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.

  • Nassim Taleb

    Incompetent policymakers are to blame for a financial crisis that will continue until substantial changes are made, "Black Swan" author Nassim Taleb told CNBC.

  • Stocks continued to slide Tuesday as a two-day Fed policy meeting kicked off in Washington and investors awaited results from today's Treasury auction. Bank stocks skidded after a well-known analyst advised taking profits on the sector short-term.

  • Approaching the close, the Dow has cut its losses almost in half...the five financial-oriented stocks in the Dow (B of A, Travelers, JP Morgan, AmEx, and our parent General Electric) are responsible for a negative 40 points in the Dow; but with the exception of some weakness in energy (Chevron, ExxonMobil), most other sectors are flat to down 1 percent.