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  • Citigroup, Wells Fargo in Bidding War for Wachovia Sunday, 28 Sep 2008 | 6:26 PM ET
    A Wachovia branch bank is shown in a Charlotte, N.C. file photo from July 20, 2006. After a rough year, the banking industry appears headed for another in 2007. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

    Citigroup and Wells Fargo were locked Sunday in a bidding war over a possible emergency takeover of Wachovia, the New York Times reported.

  • Wachovia Dances With Three Suitors Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 7:05 PM ET

    You might have heard reports that Wachovia has begun preliminary talks with Citigroup about a potential merger. Well that's only half the story...

  • Shelby's Shame Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 6:50 PM ET

    Apparently the Alabama senator doesn't know what's at stake with the Paulson bailout plan. Otherwise he wouldn't be against it.

  • Game Plan: Dow 8,000? Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 6:47 PM ET

    That’s where it’s headed, Cramer says, if Paulson’s plan isn’t passed.

  • Wachovia In Talks With Citigroup About Merger Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 5:25 PM ET
    A Wachovia branch bank is shown in a Charlotte, N.C. file photo from July 20, 2006. After a rough year, the banking industry appears headed for another in 2007. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

    Wachovia has begun talks with Citigroup about a potential merger, people briefed on the matter told the New York Times.

  • Stop Trading!: Rise of the Superbanks Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | 3:33 PM ET

    If Congress doesn't act quickly, deals like the one between JPMorgan and Washington Mutual will be the norm – until there are no small S&Ls left.

  • The Bank Trade - After The Bailout Thursday, 25 Sep 2008 | 6:49 PM ET

    What's your first bank trade if and when a bailout plan is passed?

  • Techs Carry the Torch Amid Bailout Blues Wednesday, 24 Sep 2008 | 4:49 PM ET

    Stocks got an early boost from Buffett's vote of confidence in Wall Street but the meandering hearings on the bailout sucked the air out of the trading floor. By the closing bell, financials had fallen and only techs were left carrying the torch of hope.

  • Spurt of Optimism Gives Stocks a Lift Wednesday, 24 Sep 2008 | 4:25 PM ET

    Stocks made a modest advance Wednesday,  boosted by Buffett's investment in Goldman Sachs and optimism that a bailout could boost tech spending.

  • Stocks Wander as Banks Rise, Anxiety Lingers Wednesday, 24 Sep 2008 | 1:46 PM ET

    Stocks made a modest advance Wednesday after Warren Buffett, one of the most highly-regarded investors, calmed the anxious market with a $5 billion investment in Goldman Sachs.

  • Buy Commercial Banks, Says Bove (Pt. 1) Wednesday, 24 Sep 2008 | 1:01 PM ET

    Don't judge all financial stocks by the Lehman-AIG-Merrill meltdown. Commercial banks look strong and will get stronger, according to Richard Bove and Jack Bouroudjian. The expert strategists offered their recommendations to CNBC. (Part One)

  • Even before the ink dries on a proposed $700 billion bailout for the financial industry, Wall Street players have begun jockeying to be the first ones to snap up distressed investments on the cheap, says the New York Times.

  • 5 Lies About Paulson’s Plan Tuesday, 23 Sep 2008 | 6:39 PM ET

    There's a lot of talk about this proposed bailout. Here's why most of it is wrong.

  • Stocks End Lower as Bailout Anxiety Lingers Tuesday, 23 Sep 2008 | 5:15 PM ET

    Stocks fell more than 1 percent amid anxiety about the Wall Street bailout plan. Lowered analyst outlooks dragged on General Electric and bank stocks.

  • Stocks Slide Amid Worries About Bailout Tuesday, 23 Sep 2008 | 3:26 PM ET

    Stocks declined as investors digested what's going on at the congressional hearings on the bailout. Lowered analyst outlooks dragged on General Electric and bank stocks.

  • Washington Mutual Talking With Multiple Suitors Tuesday, 23 Sep 2008 | 2:52 PM ET

    Washington Mutual, the large U.S. savings and loan beleaguered by mortgage losses, is pressing ahead for a takeover deal by talking to multiple suitors, as well as exploring options to raise capital, sources familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

  • Stocks Slide Amid Drag of GE, Banks Tuesday, 23 Sep 2008 | 2:26 PM ET

    Stocks declined as investors digested what's going on at the congressional hearings on the bailout. Lowered analyst outlooks dragged on General Electric and bank stocks.

  • Stocks Advance But Downgrade Hits Banks Tuesday, 23 Sep 2008 | 10:50 AM ET

    Stocks advanced as investors breathed a sigh of relief that congressional hearings on the bailout are underway. But banks took another hit after a prominent analyst lowered her outlook for the sector.

  • Futures are down slightly, but that has little meaning these days. Many traders feel that yesterday's drop was due to: 1) distortions in price discovery created by the changing short sale rules; 2) the realization that many banks are still undercapitalized.

  • Cramer: Sell, Sell, Sell Monday, 22 Sep 2008 | 6:57 PM ET

    This market reminds Cramer of the crash of '87. So preserve capital and raise cash and at any opportunity.