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  • Increasing optimism about loans to the U.S. auto industry helped drive major indexes out of negative territory. General Motors was the top gainer on the  Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500, while Ford was among the top gainers on the Nasdaq.

  • Increasing optimism about loans to the U.S. auto industry helped drive major indexes out of negative territory. General Motors was the top gainer on the  Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500, while Ford was among the top gainers on the Nasdaq.

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    Lehman Brothers, which is actively shopping the entire firm, is unlikely to remain independent much longer.

  • The Lehman Brothers CEO missed every chance he had to save his firm.

  • After the close yesterday, RBC Capital put out a note:  "Next Credit Shoe to Drop on Banking Industry: We believe commercial and industrial loans (C&I), commercial real estate and non-resi construction loans will be the next credit problems for the banking industry brought on by the weakening in the US and Global economies."

  • Virtual Worlds Expo

    The Virtual Worlds Expo is well underway in Los Angeles, companies using the event as a platform to make announcements about their companies.

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    Rapid changes in the commodities market have left some investors badly bruised to say the least. However lower gas prices are good, right? Should you cheer or fear the drop in oil?

  • The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.

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    Banks stocks dragged down the broader stock market on Wednesday with Merrill analyst Richard Bernstein writing the credit crisis is “far from over.”

  • From mid-July to late July short interest dropped 5.34 percent, on average, in the shares of 17 major financial firms affected by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission emergency short-selling rule, according to the latest data from the exchange.

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    HSBC Holdings has submitted an updated application to acquire a 51 percent stake in Korea Exchange Bank, South Korea's Financial Services Commission (FSC) said on Tuesday.

  • That sinking feeling: Kirby Daley, strategist at the Newedge Group, says the U.S. is in recession and he expects a 15 percent to 20 percent drop in the Dow -- in the near future.

  • Mixed economic news this morning, as personal income and spending was better than expected; but a measure of inflation was stronger than expected. And once again, bank jitters are an issue for the market.

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    Europe's biggest bank HSBC reported a 28 percent fall in its first-half profit, in line with forecasts, as a $14 billion hit on bad debts on U.S. home loans and asset writedowns offset strong Asian growth.

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    HSBC said on Monday it was ready to submit an updated application to South Korean authorities on its bid for Korea Exchange Bank but declined comment on a local media report that it was negotiating to cut the purchase price.

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    Outdoor advertising is a growing category — not just billboards, but increasingly, weird publicity stunts that often go awry, The New York Times reports.

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    Europe's biggest bank HSBC Holdings said it did not receive regulatory approval to buy a majority stake in Korea Exchange Bank by a Thursday deadline , but is expected to stand firm on the $6.3 billion deal.

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    Despite their record breaking profits, Exxon Mobil dragged the Dow lower Thursday after its earnings fell short of Wall Street's expectations. Also comments from Alan Greenspan made on CNBC added to the downward momentum.

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    It's been a rough year for financial counters, with banks hard hit by the fallout out of the subprime crisis and the subsequent credit crunch.  This week, we chart HSBC Holdings and use the RSI to predict trend changes.