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  • Lone Star Funds agreed to pay $6.2 billion for most of the toxic, mortgage-linked investments held by Merrill Lynch.

  • U.S. securities regulators have extended through Aug. 12 an emergency rule aimed at curbing abusive short selling in the stocks of 19 major financial firms, including mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

  • Vivi Nevo is said to be the largest individual shareholder of Time Warner, was once the largest private investor in Goldman Sachs, is engaged to China’s most famous actress, vacations on Rupert Murdoch’s sailboat, is the godfather of Lachlan Murdoch’s son, counts Lenny Kravitz as a good friend and attended Madonna’s wedding in 2000.And many people, including even some of his close friends, have no idea what his background is or how exactly he made his fortune.

  • Stocks wobbled Friday as investors weighed a potential S&P downgrade on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac against some encouraging economic reports, including consumer confidence and durable-goods orders.

  • Stocks rose Friday after some robust economic data, including a rebound in consumer confidence and an unexpected increase in durable-goods orders.

  • Stocks rose Friday after durable-goods orders unexpectedly rose -- even excluding transportation.

  • U.S. stocks index futures pointed to a flat open Friday as the prospect of further weakness in the housing market sideswiped investors' hopes of pushing the major indexes higher.

  • Morgan Stanley, which currently employs only 8,000 brokers, is targeting the massive Merrill Lynch brokerage sales force in a major recruitment drive, CNBC has learned.

  • Will the credit crisis lead to a rash of mergers on Wall Street?

  • Is there any doubt that big-cap financials are the key to this market? What's worked for two months? Sell the rally in financials. This is crunch time for the two-day rally...and not surprisingly, they are pushing the old trade hard today.

  • Earnings will likely drive the banking sector again on Friday with Citigroup reporting before the bell. What should you expect?

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    Failed bank IndyMac Bancorp is under investigation by the FBI for possible fraud involving its mortgage lending, unnamed law enforcement officials said on Wednesday.

  • The SEC issued its emergency ruling against naked short-selling Tuesday to build investor confidence regarding market information, SEC Chairman Christopher Cox told CNBC.

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    U.S. securities regulators issued an emergency rule Tuesday to limit certain types of short selling in major financial firms, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • Stocks ended a tumultuous session with a late selloff that left all three major indexes in bear-market territory.  Financials fell sharply amid worries about more shoes to drop and techs took a hit after Cisco's chief said customers don't see a recovery until next year.

  • Stocks declined, following a two-day rally, as a report showed crude inventories shrunk last week.  Oil climbed in a choppy session after falling more than $9 abarrel in the past two sessions.

  • Stocks declined, following a two-day rally, as a report showed crude inventories shrunk last week.  Oil rebounded $1 to $2 a barrel after shedding more than $9 in the prior two sessions.

  • Stocks coasted to a positive finish, fueled by better-than-expected sales from General Motors, short covering and a pop in a manufacturing gauge, in what was a rollercoaster start to the first half.

  • It was a rocky start to the second half for Wall Street as the market digested a mixed bag of auto sales, a $2 jump in oil prices and an encouraging reading on manufacturing.

  • Stocks had a wobbly start to the first half  as a $3 jump in oil prices and selloff in European banks rippled through the market.