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  Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 10:59 AM ET

Meredith Whitney an Optimist? There Has to Be a Catch

Posted By: Jeff Cox
Meredith Whitney
cnbc.com
Meredith Whitney

Could things be getting so good in the US that even noted curmudgeon Meredith Whitney is finding reason to believe?

Answering such an improbable question requires perspective, as optimism from Whitney would be considered pessimism from most people.

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  Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 9:56 AM ET

The Stock Compensation Conundrum

Posted By: Ash Bennington

The idea that bank CEO's would get richer—as a consequence of post-stress test dividends—began to spread days before the banks even announced their dividend disbursements last Friday.

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  Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 9:08 AM ET

JPMorgan Is Beating Goldman Sachs in M&A Advice

Posted By: Julia La Roche

"Where Will Warren Buffett Hide From Goldman Sachs?" [CNBC's Becky Quick]

AT&T deal to buy T-Mobile for $39 billion raises antitrust concerns [NYTimes DealBook]

JPMorgan is beating Goldman Sachs in M&A advice [Bloomberg]

Citigroup in reverse split, reinstates dividend [Reuters via CNBC.com]

Boeing flies its new plane [Yahoo Finance]

Listen to what happened at the Rajaratnam trial [CNBC's Scott Cohn]

Buffett Sees More Deals for Berkshire Hathaway [WSJ]

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  Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 8:55 AM ET

Sen. Corker: Durbin Amendment Is an 'All Out Assault' on the Community Bankers and Credit Unions

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco

There's a battle brewing in Washington that could impact the way you spend your money. I'm talking about how you use your debit card.

Nestled in the 2300 plus page financial reform was "The Durbin Amendment" which sets a price on "interchange fees"—the amount a bank charges a retailer everytime a consumer uses a debit card for a transaction. Visa and MasterCard , control 80 percent of the debit market and they set the debit interchange fee rates.

The Durbin Amendment would put a cap on interchange fees. In response to the amendment, some banks lare limiting the dollar amounts of debit card purchases or raising other feesto make up for the amount of money they are losing on a transaction.

I decided to speak with Senator Bob Corker \(R-TN\) who recently introduced a bill that would slow down the implementation of the Durbin Amendment, which is set to take effect on April 21.

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  Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 4:16 PM ET

Goldman to Pay off Buffett—to Buffett's Likely Dismay

Posted By: Ash Bennington
  Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 3:43 PM ET

CEA: Administration Keeping Drilling Projects in 'Suspended Animation'

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco

Before President Obama leaves for Rio, he'll be reading a letter signed by 20 Governors calling on the President for more energy options.

It lays out the Governor's concerns over the EPA's policy and regulatory initiatives saying these regulations will "within the next five years which will significantly impact the energy industry, increase burdensome costs to consumers, and hurt the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers."

In addition to their grievances with the EPA regulations and policies, the governors also added it is too early for the Administration to be tapping into the Strategic Petroleum Reserves saying "The SPR should only be tapped when we face both international crisis and domestic decline in resource capacity. We have not yet reached this point."

With all this focus on energy, I decided to ask Michael Whatley Vice President, Consumer Energy Alliance \(CEA\) on what is needed to not only stabilize energy prices and reduce our dependence off of foreign oil.

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  Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 3:32 PM ET

Growing Alternatives to Pricey Cotton

Posted By: Stephanie Landsman
100% CRAiLAR Flax fiber
Source: Naturally Advanced Technologies
100% CRAiLAR Flax fiber

As cotton prices surge, companies are trying harder to duplicate the feel of the commodity with cheaper, durable fabrics.

The latest: Naturally Advanced Technologies.

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  Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 3:13 PM ET

How the Revolving Door Works on Capitol Hill

Posted By: John Carney
Ryan McVay | Photodisc | Getty Images

When a senator leaves office, the lobbyists who once worked on the officeholder's staff lose about a quarter of their income, according to a new study from three economists at the London School of Economics .

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  Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 2:28 PM ET

Haley Barbour: The President Is Road-Blocking Reasonable Ways to Increase America's Energy Supply and Create Jobs

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco
CNBC reported earlier this morning, Twenty Republican governors sent a letter to President Barack Obama airing their concerns on the regulations and policies of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). » Read More
  Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 2:03 PM ET

Investors Betting Dividend Approvals to Push Bank Stocks Higher

Posted By: Jeff Cox
New York Stock Exchange
Photo: Oliver Quillia for CNBC.co
New York Stock Exchange

Whenever Wall Street gets news it expected the risk is always for a selloff, as traders generally price in the development ahead of time and then take profits.

That wasn’t the case, though, with the bank dividend announcements Friday, with investors cheered that some of Wall Street’s biggest names that had been on the hook to the government now will be able to start returning money to shareholders.

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  • Stephanie Landsman is one of the producers of "Fast Money."

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