Banks Credit

  • A Wachovia branch bank is shown in a Charlotte, N.C. file photo from July 20, 2006. After a rough year, the banking industry appears headed for another in 2007. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

    Wachovia on Friday posted a 10 percent decline in quarterly profit, missing forecasts, amid $1.3 billion of write-downs at its investment banking unit. Also: All about Wachovia's $7 billion potential headache.

  • Bear Stearns is being investigated by Massachusetts securities regulators over whether the bank improperly traded with two in-house hedge funds that collapsed last summer, the Wall  Street Journal reported on Friday.

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    Credit jitters edged higher as Bank of America missed earnings forecasts and Hershey said sales fell because worried vendors were reducing inventories.

  • Thornburg Mortgage said it lost more than $1 billion in the third quarter due to the fallout in the mortgage markets and elected not to pay a dividend to holders of common shares to conserve cash.

  • Financial services company Northern Trust said Wednesday third-quarter profit rose a stronger than expected 27 percent as assets under management increased despite this summer's credit market woes.

  • U.S. mortgage applications rose for a second straight week, largely reflecting a rise in demand for home purchase loans as interest rates held steady, an industry group said Wednesday.

  • Mortgage originations will fall next year to the lowest levels since 2000, forcing job losses for at least 30,000 more home finance professionals, according to a forecast released on Wednesday by the Mortgage Bankers Association.

  • Countrywide Financial, the largest U.S. mortgage lender, said Tuesday it expects to incur a $125 million to $150 million pretax restructuring charge in connection with its plan to eliminate 10,000 to 12,000 jobs to cope with the U.S. housing slump.

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    U.S. home builder sentiment sank to a record low in October as borrowers faced difficulty getting mortgages from more stringent lenders, bloating the supply of unsold houses, the National Association of Home Builders said Tuesday.

  • Money manager State Street posted better-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday and raised its full-year earnings forecast, prompting investors to drive its shares up more than 8 percent.

  • Foreign investors fled from U.S. assets in August as a meltdown in the U.S. subprime mortgage market triggered a global credit crunch, Treasury Department data showed on Tuesday.

  • Foreign investors fled from U.S. assets in August as a meltdown in the U.S. subprime mortgage market triggered a global credit crunch, Treasury Department data showed Tuesday.

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    Annual construction spending in New York City, which hit a record $24.6 billion last year, should rise by 18 percent over the next three years on strength in the residential, commercial and government sectors, a trade group said in a report released on Tuesday.

  • A recently announced fund aimed at easing the global-liquidity crunch may signal problems in corporate financing down the road, Ralph Silva, senior research analyst at TowerGroup, told "Squawk Box Europe."

  • U.S. housing prices will continue to decline at least through the end of next year and may not begin creeping upward again until 2010, executives from the biggest mortgage financiers said Monday.

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    Stocks closed lower after financial giant Citigroup halted its stock buyback plan and said it and two other big U.S. banks will create a multibillion-dollar fund in order to support the struggling commercial debt market.

  • Citigroup, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and other banks said Monday they were setting up a fund to support investment funds that might otherwise have to sell billions of dollars of assets.

  • The housing market may have taken a beating and this sector may have some bargains as a result.

  • A home is advertised for sale at a foreclosure auction in Pasadena, California.

    Foreclosed properties have long appealed to investors who are looking to build equity

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    The days of quickly flipping houses for a fat profit may be over but there are still opportunities in the property market.