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    Surprisingly strong earnings from JPMorgan Chase set an early standard for the rest of banks and indicate the company could be ready to raise its dividend, analysts say.

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    In a rebuff to the Obama administration, two big banks this week drew a line in the sand on cutting the mortgage balances of beleaguered homeowners, saying that the tool would be applied sparingly.

  • 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.

  • They say the rally can’t sustain without the financials. Well, we hear from some of the nation's biggest banks next week. What should you expect and how should you trade?

  • Cramer offers up his favorite financial trades on the state’s slow but sure recovery.

  • Ahead of earnings, we asked analyst Dick Bove which bank stocks he liked most. Yes, he's bullish Citi - but know what else he likes?

  • The American markets are reacting to the country’s problems the same way they did health care. Cramer explains why that is wrong.

  • Financial stocks have been higher this week—so how will the sector be affected by new regulation and the Fed’s exit strategy? Chris Mutascio, managing director and bank analyst at Stifel Nicolaus and Fred Cannon, co-director of research and chief equity strategist at KBW discussed their sector outlooks.

  • The S&P 500 lost about 6 points just after 11am ET, led by financials. Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank held a joint press conference at this time; while no news was broken, Dodd said he was hopeful a financial reform bill could become law before Memorial Day. A more likely cause for the drop was due to Kansas City Federal Reserve President Thomas Hoenig...

  • Read on for Cramer’s target price. Plus, get calls on the banks and more.

  • Cramer offers 10 reasons for the sector’s latest surge higher.

  • The government's trash appears to be investors' treasure with AIG as well as Citigroup leading the markets higher. Is the trade fundamental or froth?

  • Big surprise that yesterday's blog garnered quite a few responses, not just on the page, but from folks here in DC who are involved in all those closed-door negotiations at Administration office buildings.

  • The Mad Money host can’t understand why people are sitting out this generational bull market.

  • Dividends: the tide has turned; more increases are coming. February is traditionally the month with the largest number of dividend increases, and it did not disappoint. Forty-seven companies increased their dividend last month (nearly 10 percent of the S&P 500). That is the best in two years and about twice the average of the last seven years...

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    Politicians want to keep borrowers in the homes because that's the compassionate thing to do. The big bad banks just want to cut their losses right? Well, maybe not.

  • If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em. With stocks relatively cheap, many companies are looking to acquisitions to jazz their stock price. Also Options Action w/ Mike Khouw

  • Warren Buffett told CNBC Monday that Berkshire Hathaway's businesses are "getting better," albeit at a "very, very slow pace." Two market strategists offered their takes on Berkshire as an investment itself: Larry Coats Jr., president, chief executive and senior portfolio manager at Oak Value Capital Managment, and Vahan Janjigian, chief investment strategist at Forbes.

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    Is longtime Warren Buffett partner Charlie Munger too pessimistic? This is part eight of the transcript and video of Warren Buffett's 'Ask Warren' appearance on CNBC's Squawk Box on Monday, March 1, 2010. 

  • 5 stocks have emerged as hedge fund favorites. Shouldn't they be on your radar, too?