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  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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  Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 1:48 PM ET

Goodbye David Rosenberg

Posted By: Joe Weisenthal, Business Insider
David Rosenberg
David Rosenberg

Sad news. David Rosenberg's daily letter "Breakfast With Dave" is going to a paid model. We'll miss him.

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  Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 1:15 PM ET

Harvard MBA Index Flashes ‘Sell’ Warning

Posted By: John Carney
Harvard University
Paul Glamou | Aurora | Getty Images
Harvard University

The best and the brightest young business minds in America are once again flocking to Wall Street—and tripping an offbeat alarm bell for the markets along the way.

More Harvard M.B.A. graduates took jobs on Wall Street last year than the previous year, when the financial sector was still reeling from the crisis of 2008. Thirty-one percent the class of 2010 took jobs in “market sensitive” positions in the financial sector.

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  Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 1:09 PM ET

Stress Test Winners: PNC, FITB; Losers: BofA, Citi, Morgan Stanley

Posted By: Jeff Cox

The Fed’s bank stress tests long have been thought of as little more than a pro forma exercise to let Wall Street’s lucky and leveraged start to increase dividend payouts, but the lists of winners and losers could get interesting.

While at least four of the 19 banks that were tested under the new Basel III rules were considered lead-pipe cinches for approval, others were on the bubble. Results are expected to come today.

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  Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 12:30 PM ET

McKinsey Should Investigate Gupta

Posted By: John Carney
Rajat Gupta
Umesh Goswami | The India Today Group | Getty Images
Rajat Gupta

I'm not sure if prosecutors are doing an effective job of proving the case against Raj Rajaratnam. But they certainly have proved that Rajat Gupta was a bad seed.

Tapes played during the Rajaratnam trial have Gupta revealing confidential merger discussions he was privy to as a member of the board of Goldman Sachs . That's bad enough.

But, as Evan Newmark points out, it may be even worse how blandly Gupta reacts to a discussion about confessed insider trader Anil Kumar.

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  Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 11:17 AM ET

UN No-Fly Zone in Libya Appears to Work—Before Firing a Shot

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Libyans at the rebel-held eastern town of Brega celebrate after rumor spread that their fighters took over the town of Ras Lanuf from pro-Kadhafi forces during battles.
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Libyans at the rebel-held eastern town of Brega celebrate after rumor spread that their fighters took over the town of Ras Lanuf from pro-Kadhafi forces during battles.

The Libyan government announced an immediate cease fire on Friday morning—just hours after the U.N. authorized the use of force against the Qaddafi regime to protect civilians.

The Libyan Foreign Minister, Moussa Koussa, is quoted by CNN as saying that Libya is "obliged to accept the Security Council resolution that permits the use of force to protect the civilian population," and that the Qaddafi regime will engage in "an immediate ceasefire and the stoppage of all military operations."

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  Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 10:15 AM ET

Governors Tell Obama EPA Is Killing Jobs

Posted By: Lori Ann LaRocco

CNBC has learned before President Obama leaves for Rio, he'll be getting a letter signed by more than 18 GOP Governors calling on the President for more energy options.

The detailed letter obtained by CNBC lays out 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."

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  Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 9:20 AM ET

Japanese Supply Chain Concerns Grow

Posted By: Ash Bennington
  Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 4:44 PM ET

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Posted By: Ash Bennington

St. Patrick's Day Rally! [MarketWatch]

President Obama seeks to reassure on Japan crisis—but the phrase "We Do Not Expect Harmful Levels of Radiation" doesn't exactly sound definitive. [CNBC]

UN moves to approve no-fly zone. [FT]

The New York Times has begun—rather rudely—autoplaying video on its front page. Check it out. [NY Times]

And now—with their new paywall—you can pay them for the privilege of having your music interrupted! [CNBC]

Bank CEOs to get rich(er) [DealBook]

Hacked! 50 celebs have phones and emails broken into. [NYPost]

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  Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 4:22 PM ET

'Good' Corporate Governance and the Unbent Spoon

Posted By: John Carney
Peter Dazeley | Getty Images

Whenever I critique efforts to legislate for proxy access or other measures designed to make corporate governance more democratic, I inevitably get attacked for being a shill for management.

A gentler form of that attack came recently from Nell Minow, board member of GovernanceMetrics International and a film critic for Belief.Net. (Full disclosure: that sounds like a pretty sweet combination of jobs to hold.)

In response to one of my semi-regular diatribes against shareholder democracy, Minow writes:

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