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    Prospective bank buyers are outweighing sellers, signaling that after a big lull in U.S. bank M&A last year, the market may revive in 2012.

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    TheStreet.com details five “buy”-rated insurance companies with the largest market capitalization, ordered by ascending upside, based on consensus price targets.

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    There's a cynical stock market adage that bad companies make for good trades. It's a bit of trading knowledge that can help investors identify stocks where even if the long-term outlook is promising, short-term management mistakes offer trading opportunities.

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    Everyone loves triumph in the face of adversity (as evidenced by the "Lin-sanity" currently gripping the nation) so it's hardly surprising that investors are enjoying the tech sector's rebound after a moribund 2011.

  • Bank of America just saw the heat turned up again in its multipronged, multibillion-dollar legal battle over problem mortgages, according to an analyst report.

  • Facebook, which filed for its hotly anticipated IPO after the stock market close Wednesday, unveiled some surprises in its hefty 202-page regulatory document.

  • Doing the required research to determine which dividend-yielding stocks should be in your portfolio is a daunting task. Consider investing in dividend exchange-traded funds instead.

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    Is the solar stock rally merited, in a sector where supply is still running ahead of demand, and profitability — even for the best-run manufacturing operations — could be slim to none in 2012?

  • Gadgets and cars are two products that seem to be growing in every country of the world, making earnings reports from Apple and Ford Motor critical to watch in the coming week.

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    In 2011, Warren Buffett's adherence to this belief drove him to invest in some of the most disliked and troublesome companies and industries out there — that includes the solar industry.

  • Huntington Bancshares and BB&T on Thursday both reported strong fourth-quarter loan growth, but suffered major declines in fee income following the Federal Reserve's implementation of the Durbin Amendment on Oct. 1.

  • When investors think banks and technology, they think Bank of America and Google. With 43 constituents of the Standard & Poor's 500 reporting quarterly results in the coming week, most of them financial and technology companies, Bank of America and Google could end up being the most important earnings reports to watch on Thursday.

  • Goldman Sachs analysts shook up its "conviction buy" list on Monday, adding Dow component Travelers Cos., apparel maker Ralph Lauren, and hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management as their best investment ideas.

  • After underperforming the sector and the markets in 2011, will large-cap banks make a comeback in 2012?

  • Is a hidden gem getting lost amid Google's dominating position in Web search and advertising and the tech giant's rising position with its Android software?

  • Energy deals may stay hot in 2012 as foreign companies cut U.S. deals to bolster their reserves and build new drilling skills.

  • New home sales drop.

    Homebuilder stocks have jumped as much as 45 percent over the past three months. But the question remains whether it's a fragile rally based on overly optimistic expectations for the economy or an early sign that a sustained real estate recovery is in the offing.

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    If you want exposure to the ongoing migration from brick-and-mortar retailers and toward online retailing, it may be wiser to seek out more attractively valued names other than Amazon.com.

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    While both professionals and do-it-yourself investors try to prognosticate the new year, we're always dealt our fair share of surprises — good and bad. Here are five stocks that turned in the biggest negative surprises for investors.

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    The health care sector had a good year in 2011 — the group was one of only two sectors out of 10 major categories within the S&P 1200 to deliver positive returns on both a price and total return basis. But 2012 brings a new set of challenges, reports TheStreet.com.