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  • Investor Spring Cleaning - A CNBC Special Report

    Put activity began heating up in Hartford Financial last week and is showing up again today, as the insurance company's stock continues to slide.

  • Bill Losey is feeling confident enough about the health of the financial sector to begin recommending bank stocks to his clients.

  • Wall Street breathed a sigh of relief after Thursday's stress-test results, but didn't dispel the uncertainty over some of the most troubled financial giants. The stress tests—a key Obama administration effort to boost confidence in the financial system—showed nine of the 19 biggest banks have enough capital to withstand a deeper recession. Read and hear what the experts had to say... (Updated)

  • A turn is happening in this once-troubled group, Cramer says. This is how you play it.

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    In the world of banking, too-big-to-fail may be in the process of morphing into too-big-to-exist. 

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    Results of the bank stress tests were greated with a sigh of relief on Wall Street but didn't end the uncertainty over some of the most troubled financial giants..

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    Wall Street breathed a sigh of relief after Thursday's stress-test results, but didn't dispel the uncertainty over some of the most troubled financial giants. The stress tests—a key Obama administration effort to boost confidence in the financial system—showed nine of the 19 biggest banks have enough capital to withstand a deeper recession. Read and hear what the experts had to say...

  • Has government involvement in the financial sector been beneficial to the largest U.S. banks? After the completion of the government’s bank stress tests, results showed that 10 out of the nation’s 19 largest banks need to raise ~$75 billion in capital to become more solvent.

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    U.S. regulators told top banks to raise $74.6 billion to build a capital cushion officials hope will restore faith in financial firms and set a course out of the deepest recession in decades.

  • US banking regulators released results of the stress tests on the 19 biggest American financial institutions, saying which banks need additional capital to survive a worsening of the economy

  • You know that theory that financial Armageddon was upon us and that another Great Depression was on the way? Not anymore.

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    The bank stress tests may not only be misguided policy, critics say, but may actually conflict with two other key government initiatives to stabilize the financial system.

  • As we get better economic news, stocks set the bar higher. I noted this morning that "less bad" was no longer good enough to move stocks forward, the new standard is "much less bad," and even that may not last long.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • Stocks benefited from economic "green shoots" in April but the question is whether the rally will be rained out in May.

  • A little bit of economic cold water: Retail sales for March was a disappointment, Producer Price Index saw a big downtick, all of which cost us about 10 points on futures at 8:30 AM ET.

  • That’s the heartland tea-party message to Washington. Is bailout nation about to strike again? Sure looks like it. According to a bunch of front-page news stories, life-insurance companies are about to get TARPed. This is nuts.

  • Is bailout nation about to strike again? Sure looks like it. According to this morning’s front-page Wall Street Journal story, life-insurance companies are about to get TARPed. This is nuts.

  • Sure, the market saw some losses today. But that’s a good thing for investors.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.