Video: Maria Bartiromo's Market Message

Melissa Lee sits in for Maria Bartiromo, discussing Thursday's top business and financial stories -- and looking ahead to Friday's events.

Topics discussed in video, above:

Crude oil prices and trends. Oil climbed $2.29 to end at $108 on the Nymex on hopes the bailout plan will pass.

-- General Electric (parent of CNBC) lowered its third-quarter and full-year earnings outlook.
- GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt said GE and its GE Capital business are well-positioned to deal with the challenging environment.

-- Jobless claims rose last week. Durable goods orders fell. New home sales dropped 11-1/2 percent in August, making sales the slowest in 16 years.

-- Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines shareholders OK merger plans. The proposed move still requires regulatory approval.

-- Friday's earnings reports:

- American Greetings
- KB Home
- Jabil Circuit