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    The Dow edged higher on Friday, as the continued drop in oil fueled stock market optimism. However the Fast Money traders have their eye on Goldman Sachs.

  • A Wachovia branch bank.

    Wachovia plans to buy back nearly $9 billion in auction-rate debt, settling federal and state probes and making it the fifth major bank this month to agree to help stabilize the debt market.

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    New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Friday he is sending a letter to Merrill Lynch notifying the investment bank that his office will file suit against it imminently as part of an investigation into the collapse of the auction-rate securities market.

  • The U.S. markets closed up Thursday -- despite higher inflation and joblessness data. Is this a bear market rally or are declining oil prices at the heart of it? Jack Bouroudjian, chairman at Capital Markets Technology, and Steen Jakobsen, global head of asset management, executive director & CIO at Saxo Bank, give their insights to CNBC.

  • Wall Street shook off more signs of consumer weakness and instead focused on plunging oil prices, sending stocks up as financials continued to gain.

  • Various state regulators and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether banks and brokerages that underwrote auction-rate securities—a $330 billion market of long-term debt whose yields reset through weekly or monthly auctions—falsely or fraudulently told clients that the securities were as safe and as liquid as cash.

  • Stocks closed higher, with bank shares rising broadly, though the market pulled back from its biggest gains as oil stemmed its slide.

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    New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo told CNBC that his investigation into auction-rate securities sold by banks and brokerages is far from over.

  • The New York Stock Exchange, downtown New York City.

    JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley agreed to repurchase a combined $7 billion in auction-rate securities as part of a settlement with regulators.

  • The New York Stock Exchange, downtown New York City.

    Some Wall Street banks and brokerages are nearing a settlement with regulators over allegations that they misled investors over the sale of auction-rate securities, CNBC has learned.

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    The Dow declined by triple digits on Wednesday with financial shares selling off for a second straight day on fresh concerns about the widening impact of the mortgage crisis.

  • Credit Crunch

    A year after financial tremors first shook Wall Street, a crucial artery of modern money management remains broken. And until that conduit is fixed or replaced, borrowers will see interest rates continue to rise even as availability worsens for home mortgages, student loans, auto loans and commercial mortgages, says the New York Times.

  • We were reminded today that lower commodities and a higher dollar were not going to solve all the world's problems. What happened is that financials again came to the fore and reminded everyone that:

  • Some big Wall Street banks may have been premature in believing New York State's investigation into auction-rate securities was over, people inside New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office told CNBC.

  • Stocks closed lower—even though oil fell to $113 a barrel—as a fresh round of warnings about banking troubles squelched the market's week-long rally.

  • New England Patriots' stadium

    It’s still pre-season for football, but on Tuesday in New England, the Patriots' stadium will be open. It’s not for football and it’s not for fans -- it’s for borrowers in danger of losing their homes and for the mortgage lenders and banks who hold or service their loans.

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    Some Wall Street companies might not resume paying New York City taxes for "a number of years'' because they can offset future profits with the losses they are currently suffering, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Monday. 

  • Credit Crunch

    The financial sector took several more body blows as losses from the credit crisis continued to mount at some of the world's biggest banks.

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    Smaller financial firms have found a way to capitalize on their larger rivals' woes, moving to snap up some of the top talent cast adrift by sweeping layoffs at leading investment banks.

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    UBS will separate its investment bank from its prized wealth management arm, paving the way to sell the business that made it Europe's biggest casualty of the credit crunch.