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Citigroup will buy back more than $7 billion in auction-rate securities and pay $100 million in fines as part of settlements with federal and state regulators, who said the bank marketed the investments as safe despite liquidity risks.
Stocks could trip up on more bad news from the financial sector Friday, but the bigger issue for market direction is whether the commodities selloff continues.
A multi-state task force is probing a total of 12 Wall Street firms, including Citigroup, over how they handled clients' investments in auction rate paper, the Texas state securities commissioner said on Thursday.
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Bank of America, the largest U.S. retail bank, said on Thursday it received subpoenas and requests for information relating to auction-rate securities from federal and state government agencies.
Merrill Lynch will follow Citigroup in cobbling together a settlement for clients who bought auction rate securities.
Stocks ended near session lows as oil ended above $120 a barrel and two Dow components missed the Street's targets.
Citigroup agreed to buy back more than $7 billion of illiquid auction-rate securities and pay a $100 million civil fine to settle charges it fraudulently misled investors about the debt's risk.
Since hitting a low in mid-July, the S&P 500 Financials Sector is up nearly 30%. This run up is putting a lot of pressure on short sellers, who have increased their short positions significantly in the past few months.
Stocks pared their losses Tuesday as a sharp rise in crude inventories sent oil prices lower, offsetting disappointment in Freddie Mac's results.
Stocks declined Tuesday, led by banks, after Freddie Mac posted a loss that was much wider than expected and announced plans to slash its dividend.
Stocks failed to capitalize on the momentum of Tuesday's 330-point Dow rally, opening slightly lower Tuesday on disappointing earnings news and an uptick in oil prices.
Citigroup is in talks with state and federal regulators to resolve allegations of wrongdoing in the auction-rate-securities market that could result in its buying back several billion dollars of the illiquid securities, Wall Street Journal said.
With minutes to go before the close, the Dow is up over 300 led by AIG, Boeing, and P&G.
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Stocks opened modestly lower as economic indicators showed continuing inflation pressures and worries persisted over the state of the financial sector.
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