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  • West Virginia Patriot mining operations at the Guston strip mine just outside of Starcity West Virginia.

    Blasting off mountaintops to reach coal in Appalachia or churning out millions of tons of carbon dioxide to extract oil from sand in Alberta are among environmentalists’ biggest industrial irritants. But they are also legal and lucrative.

  • In a global economy that has been plagued by troubles in the world’s financial systems, the words “safe” and “bank” still give people pause. The shakeup of banking systems around the world raises the question: "Which banks are the safest?" These rankings are being published first on CNBC.com. For the past 19 years, has compiled a list of the World’s 50 Safest Banks, and in the current recessionary environment of increased regulation and oversight, long-term safety of banks is of key interest. Th

    In a global economy that has been plagued by troubles in the world’s financial systems, the words “safe” and “bank” still give investors pause.

  • Stocks ended lower Monday, led by industrials, materials and techs. Investors once again shrugged off a wave of merger-and-acquisition activity, which normally gives the market a boost.

  • Stocks were mixed in a tight range Monday, after an early boost from merger-and-acquisition activity, as weakness cut into techs, banks and homebuilders.

  • Stocks turned lower Monday, after an early boost from merger-and-acquisition activity, as weakness crept into techs, banks and homebuilders.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open Monday with merger and acquisition activity adding some focus to low-volume summer trading.

  • Cantor Fitzgerald's Mike Khouw has Monday's Options Action.

  • With the technology space trading lower Wednesday, a Fast Money trader recommends staying away from the semis. So what's his play?

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    Teh Spanish Bank is poised to make two more bold acquisitions as it continues to scoop up the assets of troubled rivals, the Financial Times reports.

  • Stocks kicked off August with a rally, snapping a three-day losing streak, after a better-than-expected manufacturing reading and some strong bank earnings out of Europe. The Dow jumped 2%.

  • The Dow and S&P 500 rose more than 1.5 percent Monday, with both indexes hitting a 10-week high, boosted by energy and materials. But RIM and Walmart fell.

  • On Monday, the S&P burst through its 200-day moving average, a level of extreme resistance. Is it time to turn decidedly bullish?

  • HSBC

    The headlines Monday trumpet HSBC's sharp improvement in second-quarter profits. But that isn't impressing Peter Atwater, president of the Financial Insyghts, a financial services consulting firm.

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    Three European banks have revealed capital-raising plans  before the results of stress tests were due to be made public, the FT reports.

  • Factory, Anshan, China

    HSBC’s closely-watched emerging market index indicates that manufacturing growth will slow sharply following a record first quarter.

  • If you have to run your business by checking to see what Congress is doing everyday, it’s “virtually impossible,” CEO Jeff Lane.

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    HSBC's chairman Stephen Green has no plans to step down, said Michael Geoghegan, the bank's Chief Executive on CNBC Monday.

  • Will yet another bailout breathe new life into the global bull? The Fast Money traders have their doubts.

  • Since the first widely accepted plastic charge card was issued in 1958 by American Express, the use of credit cards has skyrocketed. In fact, at the end February, more than 576 million credit cards were in circulation* in the United States alone, with US consumers' revolving debt rising to $864.4 billion*** (98 percent of which is made up of credit card debt) as of January.The average American household with credit card debt at that time was carrying more than $16,000** at an average rate of 14.

    Since the first widely accepted plastic charge card was issued in 1958 by American Express, the use of credit cards has skyrocketed. Check out the world's top 10 credit card issuers.

  • Sink with faucet running

    The non-profit Carbon Disclosure Project is calling on companies to measure and publicly report their “water footprint.” Already 137 financial institutions, representing over $16 trillion worth of assets, have joined this march towards water use transparency.