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Stocks Finish Mixed After Topsy-Turvy Day

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Wall Street ended a volatile session mixed Wednesday as investors wrestled with a troubling outlook for bond insurers, a $9.4 billion writedown at Morgan Stanley and a weakening economy that many believe is headed for recession.

Not all of Wednesday's news was bad. Morgan Stanley managed to get a $5 billion investment from a Chinese sovereign wealth fund, and the Federal Reserve said its Monday auction of $20 billion in 28-day credit was met with solid demand -- signs that there is cash out there to help the struggling banking industry recover.