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BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- The collapse of MF Global ( MF), which may declare bankruptcy today, leads your quick fix of company, market, economic and investing news for Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31.

MF Global CEO Jon Corzine

Monday's 5 Biggest Stories

It looks like MF Global ( MF) CEO Jon Corzine went door-to-door this weekend asking "Trick or Bailout." WSJ

Meanwhile, the number of primary dealers the New York Federal Reserve deals with has dropped from 22 to 21. NY Fed

Japan intervenes again to halt the rise of the yen caused by "speculative moves" and not the "fundamentals of the Japanese economy." FT

Nearly 3 million homes and businesses across the Northeast are without power after the weekend's powerful autumn snowstorm. CBS

Everything you need to prepare yourself for the week's earnings and economic data, including Friday's jobs report. Calculated Risk

Quote of the Day

"Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow," were the final words of Apple ( AAPL) co-founder Steve Jobs, according to his sister. NYT

Other Company News

Groupon is weighing the option of raising its IPO price. So much for the half-off Groupon jokes. Bloomberg

Yahoo! ( YHOO) is leaning toward selling its Asian assets and giving investors a dividend. Bloomberg


The Fed meets this week to talk monetary policy as a panel divided. NYT

Questioning whether the economic rebound will continue. A Dash of Insight

Investment Strategy

Nearly every stock on the S&P 500 is above its 50-day moving average. Pragmatic Capitalism

The dumb money has gone neutral, which is a bullish signal. Technical Take

Odds and Ends

Qantas resumes flights amid a labor dispute that grounded the entire fleet. NYT

There's snow in my yard and it's October. It's too early for arctic conditions. YouTube

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