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Stocks Fall as Consumer Spending Fails to Impress

Stocks gave ground Thursday as investors were underwhelmed by news of higher consumer spending. By late morning, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 92 points to 13,015. The Standard & Poor's 500 fell 10 to 1,400. The Nasdaq slipped 28 to 3,053.

Another Brokerage Bites the Dust: Is Wall St. In Trouble?

Over the past couple of weeks, with little fanfare, three small brokerages bit the dust due to a dearth of trading activity on the stock markets and a lack of capital in-house. This may not matter much, but it could be the beginning of a wave of failures on Wall Street.

Should You Gamble on Less Active Stocks?

Street Directory recently made the argument that if investors want some degree of price stability, they should buy stocks which have heavy daily trading volumes. But what if an investor prefers the potential of sharp moves up or down that comes with a stock whose normal daily volume is modest?

Goldman Sachs Earnings: Expect Lower Profits

Goldman Sachs is expected to report a sharp drop in third-quarter earnings before Tuesday's opening bell, due to a decline in trading activity in a market that's been light on volume and volatility for months. Goldman is forecast to report adjusted earnings of $2.28 a share.