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  • The "Fast Money" traders investigate the new appeal of mortgage-backed investments.

  • Just in time for Christmas, Dealogic has released its annual investment banking league tables. And JP Morgan, which took the top spot last year, has won again.

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    It's party time again on Wall Street.

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    Deutsche Bank sees the S&P 500 reaching 1550 next year, well above some of the more bullish forecasts from Wall Street.

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    Is it really so bad if an elite cabal of bankers meets once a month in midtown Manhattan to conspire to about the rules governing derivatives trading?

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    In theory, clearinghouses exist to safeguard the integrity of the multitrillion-dollar derivatives market. In practice, they also defend big banks’ dominance, the New York Times reports.

  • Perhaps there’s a lesson to be learned from the Germans whose economy has bounced back from the recession quicker that the US’s and who have a workforce that is, largely, working.

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    There’s an old adage: you can fool some of the people some of the time, but economists are foolish people most of the time.

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    Although the Dollar is having its best month since May, U.S. equity markets remain fairly mixed in November as the month draws to a close today. However, this has not been the case for most major European indices. 

  • Peter Boockvar at Miller Tabak had the most succinct comment: "If this is the reward for bailing out entire countries, why bother?...What the market is telling the European Union loud and clear is that they have no faith..."

  • The boost to stocks as European Union officials endorsed the $115 billion debt bailout has proved short-lived. The euro has weakened, the dollar strengthened (to a 2-month high), and most major bourses in Europe are down about 1 percent after being up overnight

  • Most major European indices are down 1 percent to 2 percent, as more sovereign debt contagion worries spread. Europe’s FT Deutschland newspaper reported that euro zone countries are seeking to push Portugal to accept a bailout package to prevent its bigger neighbor Spain from doing the same. Portugal has denied the report.

  • How quickly could situation in Europe escalate? This market 'tell' may help you gauge if or when they near their tipping point.

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    U.S. prosecutors Wednesday arrested an employee of an "expert networking firm" on charges that he promoted the firm's services by arranging for corporate executives to leak inside information to hedge funds.

  • Several issues around euro zone bailouts, traders tell me: Ireland, Portugal and Greece. Is this the end or are we watching for other like Spain to follow suit? What about other 'peripheries' we haven't really been discussing, like Hungary, Czech, etc. And there's more...

  • Charles Schwab Corp. founder and chairman Chuck Schwab

    The SEC is examining whether Charles Schwab misled its clients about a fund that was supposed to be safe, but was packed with subprime investments, the New York Times reports.

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    The American Bankers Association has put out a statement intended to “clarify” the legal limitations on the duties of trustees in mortgage-backed securities deals.

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    The most telling sign that mergers are poised for a revival? Risk arbitrage has come back from the dead. Hedge funds are now pouring money into the strategy of betting on the outcomes of deals, the New York Times reports.

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    As lenders have reviewed tens of thousands of mortgages for errors in recent weeks, more and more homeowners are stepping forward to say that they were victims of bank mistakes — and in many cases, demanding legal recourse. The NYT reports.

  • Stocks shaved off some of their earlier losses as techs staged a late-afternoon rally, but still closed mixed as investors considered news that the Federal Reserve may not provide as much stimulus to the economy as had been anticipated.