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  • Bulls Step on the Gas With Phillips 66

    Investors are positioning for a rally in Assured Guaranty, which trades for barely half its book value.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- Flagstar Bancorp Inc had to know by 2009 that hundreds of loans it originated didn't meet underwriting guidelines when it sold $900 million in mortgage-backed securities to investors, a lawyer for a bond insurer said on Wednesday.

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    Ambac Financial Group, the bond insurer that last month won court approval to emerge from bankruptcy, has sued JPMorgan Chase to recover losses on mortgage securities that it insured and were made by the former Bear Stearns.

  • Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross told CNBC Tuesday he was not perturbed by last week's volatile market swings.

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    If there’s one takeaway from the banks’ first-quarter earnings this week, it’s got to be this: Mortgages are still a real problem.

  • Stocks ended higher as investors took heart from strong economic news and shrugged off disappointing quarterly results ahead of a big week of earnings. Merck and DuPont led the Dow higher, while BofA fell.

  • Stocks lost a little steam in the final hour of trading as technology companies slid, although investors remained encouraged by several upbeat economic report. Merck and DuPont gained, while BofA fell.

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    "Mortgage is again becoming another ‘why bother’ issue for the sector. Narrowly, everyone has to run screens on whose quarter may suffer from lower revenues. Broadly, mortgage fines, consent orders and lawsuits lead to tighter underwriting, which leads to lower home prices because no one can get a mortgage," said Nomura analyst Glenn Schorr. ...A report from TheStreet.

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    Options expiration day. Global markets are mixed, futures down fractionally, as the Greek Prime Minister said restructuring of the debt was not going to happen (no one seems to believe him). This is not a bad start, considering earnings season has not started with a bang.

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    Investors are concerned about a range of issues, from Europe's burdensome debt to stricter US regulations. As a result, inexpensive stocks are now even cheaper. Here are 10 US stocks that trade at massive discounts to the broader equity market and their peer groups.

  • Assured Guaranty spent most of June churning below $15, but activity turned bullish yesterday amid speculation of a legal settlement. The mortgage insurer fought hard against a downdraft in the market yesterday...

  • Bondholders would be "nuts" not take General Motor's offer of 225 common shares for each $1,000 principal amount of notes, billionaire investor Wilbur Ross told CNBC.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • The U.S. government should provide funding to struggling Detroit automaker General Motors, Wilbur Ross, chairman & CEO of WL Ross & Co., told CNBC on Friday.

  • As policymakers and economists try to wrap their collective expertise and expectations around the possibilities of the Obama presidency, a heightened sense of urgency is now focused on mortgage rescue plans and housing stimulus.

  • Michael Jones runs a five-star fund, and he's got a "Triple-A" strategy. Learn his strategy -- and see his picks!

  • The week began with a flashback to the credit crisis.  It ended with figures showing the fastest inflation in six months and the lowest consumer-sentiment reading in 28 years.  Along the way, as the stock market ebbed and flowed, CNBC guests assembled a collective portfolio that was heavy on technology, energy, and global exposure.

  • Stocks had a rocky afternoon as the market lost all its initial gains, then rebounded right before the close. Here's what some of the pros were recommending for investors.

  • One company rode the tech bubble of the 1990s; the other is part of the ill-starred fraternity of bond insurers.  What do they have in common?  Matthew Kaufler of Touchstone Value Opportunities thinks investors ought to give them a look.

  • JPMorgan's equities team has said financial stocks will help lead the market higher this year. Today, they held a call on the financial group and say they are still overweight, and they expect it to be one of the better performing sectors.