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  • The unemployment rate is at 7.2 percent, that's just for openers, and investors should plan accordingly, according to Michael Yoshikami of YCMNET Advisors.  He feels portfolios should be built on shares of companies with safe dividend returns, because those waiting for growth are going to wait a long time.

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    The Dow started the new year with a big jump on Friday as investors looked beyond grim economic data on hopes that a recovery is on the horizon after a disastrous 2008.

  • You've heard Cramer go on about dividends lately. That's because good, solid dividends are reassuring in the current volatile downturn and they "put money right in your pocket." How do dividend payments actually work, though? On today's show, Cramer gives you the details, along with what may be the most important thing you need to know about dividend payments: when and how to get them.

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    After receiving billions in aid from U.S. taxpayers, the nation's largest banks say they can't track exactly how they're spending the money or they simply refuse to discuss it.

  • We know all too well about the victims of the market's recent misfortunes, but what about those who have survived — and even thrived?  Count Tom Forester and his five-star Forester Value Fund among those. 

  • Bernard Madoff

    The list of investors who say they were duped in one of Wall Street's biggest Ponzi schemes includes some of the world's biggest banks and hedge funds, the super rich and the famous.

  • Puts are trading heavily in shares of Marshall & Ilsley on Monday, after downgrades on the financial services firm.

  • "I dread looking at Wall Street tomorrow. It's not going to be a pleasant sight." Senator Harry Reid, Thursday night. Gee, Mr. Senator, don't get into the stock commentary business.

  • Options traders are bearish on State Street, trading January puts in heavy volume. The financial services firm has seen a daily average of 1,800 put contracts over the last 30 days, but 14,000 traded in just the first 90 minutes of the session...

  • Some days, the bad news is just plain bad. Senate's failure to reach an agreement on the auto bailout package looks set to drive markets lower Friday and that could most certainly mean a bankrupt General Motors.

  • Stocks closed sharply lower, led by financials after comments from JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon and as investors worried about the fate of the auto bailout.

  • You knew it was going to happen. I've noted that energy and material stocks have notably outperformed the rest of the market for the past several days.

  • The market may seem boring today, but look under the hood--something is happening. That "something" is rotation: traders are looking to buy some stocks and sectors, and sell others.

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    The Dow jumped on Friday as investors bet that a steep drop in oil prices will boost consumer spending and the retail sector.

  • With gas cheaper, mortgage rates coming down and a winter of cheaper heating bills to possibly look forward to, there might be reason for some holiday cheer.

  • Amid all the headlines asking if Warren Buffett has lost his "touch" as Berkshire Hathaway's stock tumbles, comes a Bloomberg story today headlined Buffett Stock Picks Beat Financials Index As He Dodged Subprime.   The takeaway: Buffett's moves to increase Berkshire Hathaway's holdings of Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp, while avoiding subprime lenders, are "paying off."

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    Back when things made sense in the stock market, a company announcing layoffs would be greeted as a positive sign that it was shoring up its bottom line.

  • Chaos reigns Friday: Lame-duck White House and Congress are unable to reach a decision on the financial crisis. Yet Citigroup stock inched up, despite misgivings over the CEO's determination not to break up the firm. And while legislators dither over the jet-setting Big 3 automakers' fates, one strategist told CNBC that Ford Motor stock could yet quadruple overnight. (You read that correctly.)

  • Banks are anathema to stock-market investors now, but Peter Sorrentino of Huntington Asset Advisors says that will change — probably around the middle of next year.

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    The Dow tumbled on Wednesday closing below the psychologically important 8,000 level for the first time since March 2003.