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  • Visa reported strong earnings that topped last year's and outstripped Wall Street forecasts. Craig Maurer, equity analyst at Calyon Securities, discussed his outlook on the firm and other credit card companies going forward.

  • As of this past Friday, just over 10% of the S&P 500 companies had reported earnings. This week we will see roughly 30% more of the S&P report.  Here's a look at which companies have had the biggest surprises so far...

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    The problem for financials: the best have already reported. It's simple: Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have reported, it doesn’t get any better than that. They are the highest quality companies. From here, the news will likely be tougher.

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    Consumers are increasingly late paying off loans on their primary home, as the highest unemployment in a quarter of a century pushes up delinquency rates on most types of loans.

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    Bank of America on Tuesday pledged not to hike credit card interest rates or fees before a new law intended to reform industry practices takes effect in February.

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    For many people who do not have bank accounts, or cannot get a credit card, the pre-paid debit cards are irresistible. But their convenience comes with a catch. The New York Times reports.

  • It seems like the investors are struggling with a slew of tough questions about banks. But only one really matters; which bank should you own now?

  • Forget the broad indexes, the Fast Money traders suggest watching stealth advancers on Tuesday that could tell you plenty about this market.

  • The Mad Money host highlights the top reports, what they mean and which stocks to buy.

  • The rally on Wall Street fizzled Monday, snapping a four-day streak that sent stocks up more than 4 percent. The Dow ended pretty much flat, while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 shed 0.1 percent.

  • Stocks opened higher Monday, extending their recent winning streak, with world shares hitting 10-month highs on hopes that the global economic recovery is picking up steam.

  • Global markets are sitting at 10-month highs this morning.  Central bankers meeting in Jackson Hole curiously refrained from aggressive talk of an endgame in rate cuts; traders have taken this to mean that rate hikes are not imminent.

  • With bank and tech shares climbing, how should you position to profit from this tape?

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    Bank of America said that as of Thursday it will stop requiring that disputes with its credit card holders and banking and lending customers be settled by binding arbitration, opening the door for class-action and other lawsuits to push up the bank's legal costs.

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    The noxious penalty imposed on American Express and Discover consumers who exceeded their spending limit has finally died, quashed by legislation signed in May by President Obama to ease onerous fees for cardholders.

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    Opinions about today's rally are all over the map: 1) it's an options squeeze, and 2) hedge funds have been caught short. Regardless, the good news is the rally is being fueled by far more than Intel.

  • Don't be fooled--the rally is being fueled by far more than Intel. True, there is genuine momentum buying in semiconductors and semiconductor capital equipment stocks today.

  • Capital One Financial is drawing bullish trades in stock and options early Wednesday, after posting credit-card default numbers that were better than expected