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This 'Fear Trade' Could Bring You 87% Gains

Fear is in the air on Wall Street. Unemployment is high, housing sales are sluggish and the dollar is weak. Now, to add insult to injury, Standard & Poor's has lowered its U.S. debt outlook to negative, putting the nation's AAA credit rating at risk. Fortunately, smart traders can benefit from these worries.

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.

With Stocks at Key Technical Level, What's Next?

Having hit 1,150 on Friday, the S&P 500 is now at a crossroad: Will it fall back, or continue marching up to the next technical target around 1,200? No one chart can say for sure, but here are some points to be aware of -- and to watch in coming days.