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  • Ambac Still Needs Ratings Firms To Approve Rescue Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008 | 9:48 AM ET

    Bond insurer Ambac saw its triple A rating reaffirmed by S&P Monday but could still be downgraded  if details of a proposed rescue plan aren't approved by ratings agencies.

  • Warning Writedown Ahead Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 6:35 PM ET

    Banks begin reporting earnings March 10th. Will they issue warnings of further write-downs this week ahead of earnings? Also, your retail trades and options action in Cogent.

  • Insurers MBIA, Ambac Ratings Affirmed by S&P Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 4:14 PM ET
    MBIA

    Standard & Poor's reaffirmed the Triple A rating on the two biggest bond insurers, MBIA and Ambac Financial Group, sparking a rally by both stocks and the market in general.

  • Stocks Rally On Good News for Bond Insurers Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 2:58 PM ET

    Stocks closed sharply higher after Standard & Poor's reaffirmed the triple A ratings on two big bond insurers, sparking an explosive rally.

  • Gold lost some of its luster today after U.S. Treasury Under Secretary David McCormick gave support to the idea of International Monetary Fund gold sales. Earlier today, the Treasury, in a turnaround, said it would support gold sales from the IMF's reserves if they are part of a package reforming the way the organization operates.

  • Deal-Making Overcomes Financial Woes Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 2:12 PM ET

    More trouble from the financial sector threatened yet again to thwart a mild rally on Wall Street.

  • Genentech, Housing Lead Stocks Higher Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 1:17 PM ET

    Stocks moved into positive territory despite more signs of weakness in the housing market, as Genentech led pharmaceuticals higher.

  • Dresdner Bank Plans to Support Ambac Rescue Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 12:17 PM ET

    Dresdner Bank, part of the Allianz insurance group, intends to support a rescue package for U.S. bond insurer Ambac Financial Group with a sum in the low double-digit millions of euros, the head of Dresdner's investment banking operations said on Monday.

  • Deal for Ambac Bailout May Be Announced Soon Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 11:39 AM ET
    Hundred Dollar

    An official deal on a recapitalization plan for troubled bond insurer Ambac that could save its triple-A rating is near, as banks worked over the weekend to forge it.

  • As of Friday, 441 (just under 90%) of the S&P 500 companies have reported earnings. Here's a look at which companies have had the biggest surprises so far...

  • Qatar's $60 Billion Fund Eyes Europe Banks, Shuns US Monday, 25 Feb 2008 | 6:37 AM ET
    A Royal Bank of Scotland logo is seen outside the company's offices in central London, Tuesday May 29, 2007. A consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland PLC said Tuesday it will launch a hostile bid of euro71.1 billion (US$95.5 billion) for ABN Amro, topping a friendly offer from Barclays PLC and pressing Bank of America Corp. for control of the Dutch bank's U.S. arm. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Qatar's prime minister, who heads the country's $60 billion sovereign wealth fund, said he favors investing in European over U.S. lenders because U.S. bank stocks are likely to fall further.

  • Citigroup to Bail Out Internal Hedge Fund Saturday, 23 Feb 2008 | 1:23 PM ET
    Citigroup

    Citigroup earlier this week agreed to provide $500 million in credit to one of its troubled hedge funds, the bank disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday.

  • Banks Closing in on Deal for Ambac Bailout Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 4:39 PM ET
    MBIA

    Bankers working on the deal to bail out troubled bond insurer Ambac say progress is being made on a recapitalization plan that could save the bond insurer's triple-A rating.

  • Stocks Hit Reverse, Rise on Ambac News Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 4:14 PM ET

    Stocks reversed what had been a down session Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising on a CNBC report that progress is being made on a recapitalization plan that could save troubled bond insurer Ambac Financial's triple-A rating.

  • Financial Shares Hobble Markets Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 1:08 PM ET

    U.S. stocks tumbled Friday as downgrades on the two biggest home-funding companies dragged on the financial sector. 

  • Oppenheimer Analyst Sees Citigroup Dividend Cut Thursday, 21 Feb 2008 | 5:29 PM ET

    Meredith Whitney, Oppenheimer & Co.'s banking analyst who was the first to say Citigroup needed to cut its dividend last year, told CNBC the bank would need to cut payouts again and raise more capital.

  • SocGen Posts Record Q4 Loss, May Take More Writedowns Thursday, 21 Feb 2008 | 12:36 PM ET

    Societe Generale confirmed a record fourth-quarter loss after absorbing a huge rogue trading scandal that has made France's second-biggest listed bank a potential takeover target.

  • Stocks Snap Three-Day Losing Streak Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 4:57 PM ET

    Stocks snapped a three-day losing streak Wednesday as H-P earnings inspired investors to think long term.

  • On Road to Recovery, Stocks Wait for Real Estate Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 1:39 PM ET
    For Sale Signs

    Many on Wall Street believe the stock market will not stabilize until it can do so on the shoulders of a real estate recovery.

  • BNP Paribas' Profit Falls, Confident on '08 Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 12:24 PM ET
    BNP Paribas

    BNP Paribas, France's biggest listed bank, posted lower fourth-quarter profits on Wednesday in line with its guidance but said it was confident of growth in 2008.