Stocks End Mixed in a Wild Session

Blue chips eked out gains, though the broader market was lower as the market pondered JPMorgan's rescue of Bear Stearns and the Fed's liquidity moves

After a weekend which saw the implosion of a venerable U.S. investment firm, its sale to another Wall Street titan at a rock-bottom price, emergency liquidity actions undetaken by the Federal Reserve on a Sunday night, and worldwide jitters about a speading credit crisis, perhaps the most remarkable thing about Monday's session is that the U.S. stock market didn't fall off a cliff.

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