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  • The editor and publisher of the "Gloom, Boom, and Doom Report" says the best place for investments these days is in hard assets, but he has some suggestions for stock-market investors, too.

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    2008 will be remembered for many things, but the urge to merge isn't one of them. Over 1,100 deals were cancelled...

  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Palm and Nomura Holdings popped while Simon Property Group and Walgreens dropped.

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    2008 will be remembered for many things, but the urge to merge isn't one of them. Over 1,100 deals were cancelled...

  • For brave investors getting back into stocks, Juerg Zingg, managing partner at Q Investments, says that Xstrata, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton are smart bets in the basic resource sector; while oil services companies like Fugro, Seadrill and Noble Corp. are attractive; and refiners such as Valero and Petroplus look good.

  • Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of BHP Billiton and Yahoo popped while Electronic Arts and Eastman Kodak dropped.

  • Is the commodity bull about to start running again? Some investors say demand from emerging nations will spark a new rally like nothing we’ve ever seen!

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    The Dow closed higher after a choppy session on Wednesday as a rebound in oil prices and other commodities lifted energy, mining and materials shares...

  • Market values have dropped so precipitously that some deals are too good to pass up.

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    Look for M&A activity—big and small—a pair of breakthrough drugs and the prospect of government price controls.

  • The glacial speed the analysts have been moving has been nothing short of scandalous. Top-down strategists (guys who do estimates of earnings based on macroeconomic factors) have 2009 estimates for the S&P 500 as low as $60, but the bottoms-up analysts (the guys who just cover individual companies or industries)...

  • Mr. Paulson will be the key today, as he is expected to open the TARP to car, credit card and student loans, and heaven knows what else. More importantly, a separate facility will buy mortgage-backed securities.

  • The bet is that some small amount of money will be given to the auto makers now, enough to serve as some type of bridge loan into early 2009. At that point the Democrats will have the political leverage to develop a broader rescue package in the first weeks of February.

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  • Like most analysts, Rod Lache has concluded that a government bailout is not likely to help the shares, that even with a bailout GM's future, if it is not in bankruptcy, is likely to be "bankruptcy-like."

  • Hong Kong dropped 12 percent to its lowest level in 5 years, S&P futures have swung in a 60 point range this morning, though they are well off their lows.

  • The good news is that Libor rates are again dropping. The dollar is rallying big again, this is continuing to put pressure on commodities, but the stress is also showing up in corporate profits. Kimberly Clark, for example, said that because of the dollar rally, currency will be a drag on fourth quarter sales comparison instead of a benefit.

  • David Dreman, chairman and chief investment officer at DremanValue Management, says we’re in one of the worst panics we’ve ever been in but there are major values around.

  • Futures dropped a bit as retail sales were weaker than expected, Producer Price Index (PPI), a measure of inflation at the wholesale level, was in line, but core PPI was higher than expected...bottom line is that energy costs are dropping, and this will be a big help in the next quarter.

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