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  • What follows is a look at stocks in the S&P 500 displaying unusual volume in today's trading session.

  • Stock futures dropped and the dollar rallied as the PPI figures were higher than expected, while the Empire Manufacturing survey was weaker than expected.

  • Plus, get Mad Money’s stock-by-stock Game Plan for the coming week, including  Boeing, Nike, Apple and more.

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    Identity fraud has been on the rise, as criminal cunning may be mixing with desperation during the downturn. But a new breed of products is tackling the trickier matter of preventing identity theft, says the New York TImes.

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    Major retailers and card companies are reporting credit card data for October...with mixed results.

  • Credit Cards

    Banks are struggling to make money in the credit card business these days, and consumers are paying the price. Interest rates are going up, credit lines are being cut and a variety of new fees are being imposed on even the best cardholders. The New York Times reports.

  • In Monday's rally, the sector topping the tape was Financials, and leading the way were credit card stocks, notably American Express, Discover and Capital One.

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    'Over the last year, the federal government has injected over $200 billion into approximately 600 financial institutions, and guaranteed over $300 billion of their troubled assets. Given the rapidly rising US budget deficit, what was the justification for such large bailouts, and what should be the rationale for bailouts in future financial crises?,' writes Pozen.

  • Visa reported strong earnings that topped last year's and outstripped Wall Street forecasts. Craig Maurer, equity analyst at Calyon Securities, discussed his outlook on the firm and other credit card companies going forward.

  • As of this past Friday, just over 10% of the S&P 500 companies had reported earnings. This week we will see roughly 30% more of the S&P report.  Here's a look at which companies have had the biggest surprises so far...

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    The problem for financials: the best have already reported. It's simple: Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have reported, it doesn’t get any better than that. They are the highest quality companies. From here, the news will likely be tougher.

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    Consumers are increasingly late paying off loans on their primary home, as the highest unemployment in a quarter of a century pushes up delinquency rates on most types of loans.

  • Here's our Fast Money Final Trade. Our gang gives you tomorrow's best trades, right now!

  • Credit Cards

    Bank of America on Tuesday pledged not to hike credit card interest rates or fees before a new law intended to reform industry practices takes effect in February.

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    For many people who do not have bank accounts, or cannot get a credit card, the pre-paid debit cards are irresistible. But their convenience comes with a catch. The New York Times reports.

  • It seems like the investors are struggling with a slew of tough questions about banks. But only one really matters; which bank should you own now?

  • Forget the broad indexes, the Fast Money traders suggest watching stealth advancers on Tuesday that could tell you plenty about this market.

  • The Mad Money host highlights the top reports, what they mean and which stocks to buy.

  • The rally on Wall Street fizzled Monday, snapping a four-day streak that sent stocks up more than 4 percent. The Dow ended pretty much flat, while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 shed 0.1 percent.

  • Stocks opened higher Monday, extending their recent winning streak, with world shares hitting 10-month highs on hopes that the global economic recovery is picking up steam.