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*Nonfarm employment expected to rise 180,000 in Sept. WASHINGTON, Oct 22- U.S. job growth likely picked up a bit in September, suggesting the economy enjoyed rising momentum before an acrimonious budget fight in Washington took some of the wind out of its sails.
**MOLEX INC, $38.47, up 31 pct. The maker of electronic connectors and cable assembly products said privately owned energy and chemicals conglomerate Koch Industries would buy it for about $7.2 billion. Shares of fertilizer companies jumped after Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that it was necessary to resolve a potash dispute with Belarus.
WASHINGTON, Sept 6- U.S. job creation probably picked up in August, signaling a steady pace of economic growth that would give the Federal Reserve ammunition to start scaling back its massive monetary stimulus this month.
The head of the U.S. central bank will probably seek to use his testimony to Congress on monetary policy to calm the nerves of jittery investors worried about life without the Fed's $85 billion in monthly bond purchases.
Four financial stocks could see an upward trajectory though 2013, Fred Cannon of KBW says.
The recent downturn in stocks was supportive of further gains, Chris Verrone says.
It’s time for the Lightning Round. Cramer makes the call on viewer favorites.
Earnings season kicks into high gear in the week ahead. Plus, at least 10 Fed speeches. How risk-averse are investors? Oh, this is going to put them to the test. Rest up.
Bank stock investors are braced for a disappointing first quarter, but there is still plenty of value in select mid-cap names. TheStreet.com takes a closer look.
This Friday starts the earnings season for the nation's largest banks. What should the long-term investors pay attention to? TheStreet.com gives an overview.
A slowdown in lending is flashing a warning sign about bank earnings as the biggest names in the business get set to report.
Up, down, up, down, up...will the market please decide? What does it mean? It means we are where we were nearly three weeks ago.
Bank stocks will lead the stock market higher, Rosecliff Capital's Mike Murphy says.
Noted analyst Richard Bove's bullish stance comes despite near zero interest rates and tighter regulations.
Banking analyst Dick Bove may have changed firms but he hasn't altered his rosy view of the banking industry.
U.S. Bancorp and JPMorgan have been unfairly punished, analysts say.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Check out which companies are making headlines after the bell Tuesday:
Find out what Wall Street analysts had to say about bank stocks and retailers in this CNBC.com Stock Blog Roundup.
Following a surge in the financials sector in 2012, two analysts are divided over whether the stocks are now fully valued.