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

  • A market rally Wednesday was largely led by financials, said David Lutz, managing director at Stifel Nicholaus, who recommended investors take a closer look at the space.

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    In a move that may reflect a growing unwillingness to tie their personal fortunes to those of their companies, Wall Street insiders this year have undertaken more than five times the number of stock sales of their corporate shares as they have purchases.

  • West Virginia Patriot mining operations at the Guston strip mine just outside of Starcity West Virginia.

    Blasting off mountaintops to reach coal in Appalachia or churning out millions of tons of carbon dioxide to extract oil from sand in Alberta are among environmentalists’ biggest industrial irritants. But they are also legal and lucrative.

  • Stocks finished sharply lower Monday amid light volume as confidence about the economy weakened and investors remained cautious ahead of several key reports coming up this week. Bank of America and Home Depot fell, while HP rose.

  • Stocks continued to selloff Monday amid light volume as confidence about the economy weakened and investors remained cautious ahead of several key reports coming up this week. Bank of America and Intel fell, while H&P rose.

  • The risk trade: out of banks, hide in REITs. Another weak day for banks, particularly regional banks. It's been an absolutely miserable month: the Regional Bank HOLDRs Trust, a basket of regional banks, is down about 12 percent in August. The good news..?

  • In a global economy that has been plagued by troubles in the world’s financial systems, the words “safe” and “bank” still give people pause. The shakeup of banking systems around the world raises the question: "Which banks are the safest?" These rankings are being published first on CNBC.com. For the past 19 years, has compiled a list of the World’s 50 Safest Banks, and in the current recessionary environment of increased regulation and oversight, long-term safety of banks is of key interest. Th

    In a global economy that has been plagued by troubles in the world’s financial systems, the words “safe” and “bank” still give investors pause.

  • With many blue chips in bear market territory and the S&P down 13 percent from its 2010 high, is it time to buy?

  • Lousy housing data this week dragged down banks with several names trading near their 52-week lows. Should you hold your nose and buy any of them?

  • The Dow pared losses Wednesday after falling below the 10,000 mark. How should investors prepare their portfolios? Michael Church, president of Addison Capital, and Erik Ristuben, CIO at Russell Investments, shared their insights.

  • Lou Simpson

    The low-profile 73-year-old man whose stellar stock picks are often attributed to Warren Buffett is calling it quits.  In her Chicago Tribune column, Melissa Harris breaks the big news that media-shy Lou Simpson will retire at the end of the year. For decades, he's been quietly, independently, and profitably managing the now $4 billion investment portfolio at Geico, the Berkshire Hathaway insurance subsidiary

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    If the allegations in a civil case filed in a federal court in Chicago hold up, you can even haul off $10 million if you stick to $9 here or 20 cents there.

  • Stocks largely ended down Friday, but significantly off earlier losses as the tech-heavy Nasdaq turned slightly higher.  The moves were amid light trading and continuing worries about the economic recovery and bearish action in expiring August options.  HP fell.

  • Bank

    It has become clear that many billions of dollars in home loans were sold, guaranteed and rated as safe without anyone bothering to examine whether the loans were made with due regard for the rules.  The New York Times explains.

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    Goldman Sachs has lowered its average earnings-per-share target for U.S. banks as financial institutions struggle to grow profits amid low interest rates and fewer loans.

  • How should investors position themselves in the banking sector in the wake of last month’s financial regulatory bill? Gerard Cassidy, banking analyst at RBC Capital Markets, shared his insight on financials.

  • Stocks advanced on Tuesday, following a series of government reports and earnings that showed hints of strength returning to the economy. David Kelly, chief market strategist at JPMorgan Funds, and Stephen Wood, chief market strategist at Russell Investments, discussed their insights.

  • Federal Reserve

    While stocks fell off again Wednesday, following the Fed's gloomy view of the recovery on Tuesday, two market watchers on CNBC focused instead on how to 'juice' the economy.

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    During the go-go days of lending in California (and Nevada, and Florida, and...), people who could prove they had a pulse were hired as mortgage brokers or loan officers. They made loans to other people who could prove they had a pulse, even if they didn't need to prove income. It did not turn out well.