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  • Customers line up to enter a Northern Rock branch in Bromley, in south-east London, 14 September 2007.

    Three leading hedge funds are planning a break-up of beleaguered British bank Northern Rock, according to a newspaper report on Sunday.

  • An affiliate of billionaire investor Wilbur Ross has offered to buy bankrupt American Home Mortgage's loan servicing unit for a price expected to be more than $400 million, court papers filed on Friday show.

  • Stocks rallied sharply during the week after the Federal Reserve surprised investors with a deeper-than-expected interest-rate cut.

  • Freddie Mac’s CEO, Richard Syron, told CNBC that the home-loan provider needs to be able to invest in jumbo loans for about two years in order to help remedy the subprime crisis.

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    Bear Stearns said Thursday its profit plunged 62 percent in the third quarter, as turbulence in the debt market and wrong-way bets on mortgages hurt the investment bank's credit portfolio and bond business.

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    The Bank of England denied on Thursday it had performed a U-turn over its stance on not bailing out markets in the Northern Rock case.

  • Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke told a key House leader this week that any move to raise the limit on the value of mortgages that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can buy should only be temporary.

  • Wells Fargo Chairman Richard Kovacevich said Wednesday the U.S. mortgage industry will recover following further short-term pain, led by better-diversified lenders less exposed to market vagaries.

  • Most banks in Europe are not likely to be hit very hard by the recent turmoil in credit markets, and the Northern Rock crisis is not likely to spill in the U.K. mortgage sector, two top ratings agencies said Wednesday.

  • Shares in embattled British bank Northern Rock tumbled 20% to an all-time low on Wednesday as speculation of a cut-price takeover bid combined with stake sales from two investors stoked concerns over its future

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    Countrywide Chairman and CEO Angelo Mozilo delivered a bullish outlook Tuesday for his company as it grapples with the ongoing housing downturn. However, he called on the government to do more to ease the credit crunch and help borrowers in distress avoid foreclosure.

  • Treasury prices fell sharply Tuesday as investors celebrating the Federal Reserve's half-point cut in interest rates yanked their money out of bonds and shifted it to the stock market.

  • Shares of Impac plunged more than 13% in trading on the New York Stock Exchange on news of  layoffs and closing of its Alt-A division.

  • Bankrupt American Home Mortgage is attempting to seize as much as $27 million that former employees set aside from paychecks for retirement, according to an attorney representing them.

  • European stocks rallied Tuesday, closing higher, with investors cheered by the prospect of a U.S. Federal Reserve rate cut and encouraged by the British government's intervention to reassure Northern Rock bank depositors.

  • Beazer, the No. 7 U.S. home builder, like nearly all of the other large U.S. home builders has focused on cutting costs and strengthening its balance sheet in order to navigate  rough waters in the U.S. housing market.

  • Home builder Hovnanian Enterprises is focused on reducing its inventory of unsold homes, after a national weekend sales promotion exceeded expectations, Chief Executive Officer Ara Hovnanian said on Tuesday.

  • The Bank of England pumped an emergency 4.4 billion pounds into money markets on Tuesday to bring overnight interest rates down after they had shot up in the wake of the crisis engulfing Northern Rock.

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

    U.S. foreclosure filings rose 36% in August from July and 115% from a year ago, hit by declines in once-hot housing markets such as California, Nevada and Florida, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • Australia's central bank on Tuesday denied market speculation that one or more regional Australian banks had come to it for emergency funding due to the global credit squeeze.