Stocks: Ready for Better Times?

The financial crisis isn't over, but by several measures investors are letting go of their worst fears

Lately, Wall Street feels like a less anxious place. No, the credit crisis isn't over. An optimist is still hard to find. But ever since the terrifying collapse and dirt-cheap buyout of Bear Stearns (BSC) on Mar. 17, the tension and fear that wracked U.S. financial markets have gradually eased.

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