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This week, oil continues its record ramp and stocks took a drubbing as the consumer continued to suffer and the specter of inflation haunted investors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled down to close the week at 12,479.63. The S&P 500 also suffered, finishing at 1,375.93, and the Nasdaq wound up at 2,444.67.

On Friday,

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announced that a strike by the United Auto Workers and

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had hurt second-quarter production. Earlier in the week,


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announced that it does not expect to make a profit this year.

Meanwhile, the airlines got pummeled as a slew of analyst downgrades rocked the sector. Shares of




US Airways

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were among the stocks to take it on the chin.

One of the few winners in the week was


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, which benefited from a takeout offer from Belgian brewer



Next week, retailers will be in the spotlight as investors try to get a read on the pulse of a harried consumer.


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will report results, as will

American Eagle

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Men's Wearhouse



So what's next? Will oil continue to scream higher, engendering a beatdown for U.S. stocks? Will the consumer show signs of life? Can airline stocks get off the ground? Where's the market going? Vote in our poll to share your insight.

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