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    It's an article of faith that there are scores of government regulations that are unnecessary or, as President Obama says, “just plain dumb.” But specialists tell the NY Times Obama is wasting his time.

  • Stocks closed mixed as strong results out of General Electric gave a lift to the broader market, while weakness among technology stocks, despite some stellar earnings reports, dragged down the Nasdaq.  GE and AmEx rose, while BofA fell.

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    Big banks are lobbying to replace Fannie and Freddie with themselves, reports Louise Story.

  • Stocks continued to trade mixed as strong results out of General Electric gave a lift to the broader market, while weakness among technology stocks, despite some stellar earnings reports, dragged down the Nasdaq.  GE and Disney rose, while BofA fell.

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    Wells Fargo and some other large banks would like private companies, perhaps even themselves, to become the new housing finance giants helping to bundle individual mortgages into securities — that would be stamped with a government guarantee. The New York Times reports.

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  • Stocks closed lower Wednesday following a handful of weak earnings results in the financial sector and strong results from tech giants IBM and Apple, although the iPad maker's shares slipped in afternoon trading. Bank of America and AmEx fell, while IBM rose.

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    What follows is a roundup of corporate earnings reports for Wednesday, Jan. 19.

  • Stocks extended losses Wednesday following a handful of weak earnings results in the financial sector and strong reports from tech giants IBM and Apple, although the iPad maker's shares slipped in afternoon trading.  BofA and AmEx fell, while IBM rose.

  • With no clear catalyst for the move lower, what should you make of the softness in big cap tech land?

  • Stocks traded mixed Wednesday amid mixed earnings results from Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo. IBM rose, while AmEx fell.

  • The euro has been rising against the dollar all Wednesday morning and is now at a 2-month high. December housing starts a bit weaker than expected at 529,000 (550,000 expected), but permits stronger.

  • U.S. stock futures were pointing to a lower open, after mixed earnings results from Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo and mixed news on housing, as starts fell, but permits rose.

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Wednesday's Squawk on the Street.

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    European shares were set to edge up on Wednesday, tracking gains on Wall Street and in Asia, on robust earnings overnight from U.S. technology firms.

  • Stocks ended modestly higher as strength in energy and materials stocks outweighed pressure from financials in the wake of a disappointing earnings report from Citigroup and ahead of more reports from banks later this week. Boeing and Caterpillar rose, while Verizon fell.

  • Stocks continued to trade modestly higher ahead of the close Tuesday as strength in energy and materials stocks outweighed pressure from financials in the wake of a disappointing earnings report from Citigroup and ahead of more reports from banks later this week.  Boeing and Caterpillar rose, while Verizon fell.

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    The best evidence that we're headed for a double-dip in housing is the quality of the mortgages during the recent period in which the housing market seemed to improve in many areas.

  • Citi was down 4 percent pre-open; after the open, the shares continued to drop. It was especially disappointing because...

  • The "Mad Money" host reveals which conference calls he'll be listening to in the coming week.