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    Option trading turned bullish in Fifth Third Bancorp yesterday as buyers targeted the financials.

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    When I came in this morning, I was encouraged by what I saw from Wells Fargo and JP Morgan, not just the bottom line beat but the relative strength in two key areas: mortgage activity and trading.

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    Trading volume should power JPMorgan Chase to report a very good quarter, while refinancing will boost Wells Fargo earnings, Stifel Nicolaus analyst Christopher Mutascio told CNBC Thursday.

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    Financial companies in the U.S. and abroad pushed major indices to new highs this week, boosting the S&P 500 to the highest level since May 2008.

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    All but four banks passed the latest round of Federal Reserve stress tests, but those in the “sweet spot” are the regionals, Sterne Agee financial services analyst Todd Hagerman told CNBC Thursday.

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    In another milestone in the banking industry’s recovery from the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve this week will release the results of its latest stress tests, which are expected to show broadly improved balance sheets at most institutions, the New York Times reports.

  • Signs of a global economic slowdown are all investors need to take profit from financials, which are looking too expensive, according to Todd Hagerman, managing director at Sterne Agee.

  • TheStreet.com analyzes five of the best performing Dow stocks in 2012.

  • “The banks are a buy if you think the economy is going to improve,” says pro trader Brian Kelly. And lately all signs point to an improved global economy.

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    So far, 18 percent of the S&P 500 has reported earnings, according to Standard and Poor's. This is still a small data base, but of that group, only 55 percent are beating expectations.

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    While the whole market came off its earlier highs (Dow was up almost 150 points right after the open), financials led the decline shortly after 2pm ET, when many big names went into the red, and not just JPMorgan or Citi, both down all day. I said it this morning, I'll say it again: bank earnings estimates for 2012 look too high to me.

  • Private antitrust litigation pitting some five million retailers against several large banks has slipped under the radar of many analysts and investors who follow those companies, but the case may deliver a multibillion-dollar shock to bank bulls in the coming months, TheStreet.com reports.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

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    Instead of being hurt by the European debt crisis, US banks could actually end up benefitting from the turmoil across the Atlantic, analyst Dick Bove said.

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    Concern about an effective European bailout has decimated U.S. investor sentiment, causing them to ignore an earnings season that shows stocks offer a great value right now, say analysts.

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    Following news that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will invest $5 billion in Bank of America, will investors take this as a sign of confidence in the financial sector?

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    Investors know very well the importance of spreads to foreign currency trading, a staggeringly large industry with an average daily turnover of roughly $3.98 trillion, but when it comes to foreign business travel or relationships with overseas vendors, many business owners fail to take advantage of disparities as high as 15% between the exchange rates offered by different payment methods and different companies.

  • Both the Dow and S&P advanced on Thursday, with financials leading the market after Morgan Stanley released surprisingly good numbers.

  • Stocks finished mixed in choppy, low-volume trading Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P breaking a five-day winning streak, as investors largely shrugged off Moody's downgrade of Portugal's rating into junk territory and ahead of some key employment news expected later this week.

  • Stocks paring earlier losses in choppy, low-volume trading Tuesday, as investors largely shrugged off Moody's downgrade of Portugal's rating into junk territory.