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  • Dow Is Up 300 Points as Financials Soar Friday, 19 Sep 2008 | 11:50 AM ET

    Stocks shot out of the gate like a rocket Friday after the Federal Reserve, Treasury and SEC jumped in to triage the meltdown in the banking system with measures including a ban on short selling in financials.  The Dow jumped more than 300 points higher at the open.  Brokerages and banks roared higher, with Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Wachovia and Washington Mutual all up more than 30 percent.

  • Never Say Never Again With Too Big To Fail Friday, 19 Sep 2008 | 11:33 AM ET
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    In the financial services industry of the future, too big to fail may be both a bigger understatement and bigger possibility than today – and at no small cost.

  • Securities & Exchange Commission Issues Short-Ban List Friday, 19 Sep 2008 | 10:02 AM ET
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    The Securities and Exchange Commission temporarily banned short-selling on 799 financial stocks to boost investor confidence on Friday, one day after the UK Financial Services Authority took a similar step.

  • Dow Jumps 400 Points as Financials Soar Friday, 19 Sep 2008 | 10:00 AM ET

    Stocks shot out of the gate like a rocket Friday after the Federal Reserve, Treasury and SEC jumped in to triage the meltdown in the banking system with measures including a ban on short selling in financials.  The Dow jumped more than 300 points higher at the open.  Brokerages and banks roared higher, with Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Wachovia and Washington Mutual all up more than 30 percent.

  • Futures Soar as Government Steps In Friday, 19 Sep 2008 | 9:25 AM ET

    Wall Street was poised for a big Friday at the end of a rollercoaster week after the Federal Reserve, Treasury and SEC jumped in to triage the meltdown in the banking system with measures including a ban on short selling in financials.

  • POLL: Is Banning Short-Selling a Good Idea? Friday, 19 Sep 2008 | 7:20 AM ET

    Regulators across the world slapped temporary bans on short-selling in an effort to boost investors confidence. What do you think of the new regulations?

  • Merrill and Goldman Sachs Settle Auction-Debt Probe Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 6:11 PM ET
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    Three more more financial firms, including Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs, reached settlements over the sale of auction-rate securities, a $330 billion market that collapsed in February.

  • Merrill's Thain, Cuomo Discuss Auction-Rate Probe Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 4:27 PM ET
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    Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain met with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Thursday in an attempt to reach a settlement of the auction-rate securities probe, CNBC has learned.

  • Merrill Settles With Massachusetts on Auction Debt Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 1:27 PM ET

    Merrill Lynch reached a settlement with Massachusetts over auction-rate securities, the latest in a string a accords between regulators and Wall Street firms over the $330 billion market that collapsed in February

  • Cuomo Threatens to Sue Merrill Over Auction-Rate Debt Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 9:52 AM ET

    Merrill Lynch has until Friday to settle an auction-rate securities case with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office or it will face a lawsuit, Cuomo warned during a CNBC interview.

  • SEC to Propose New Rule on Short Sales of Stocks Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 4:04 PM ET
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    The top U.S. securities regulator plans to propose a new short selling rule in the next few weeks which would be broader than an emergency order covering just 19 financial stocks which ended last week

  • InBev

    Belgian brewer InBev said on Monday that U.S. antitrust regulators have asked it for additional information regarding its planned takeover of Budweiser beer maker Anheuser-Busch.

  • U.S. Seeks Stronger Warnings For Amylin's Byetta Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 3:57 PM ET
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    U.S. health regulators are seeking stronger warnings about the risk of pancreatitis after the deaths of two patients taking Amylin Pharmaceuticals' injectable diabetes drug Byetta, sending the company's shares down as much 16 percent.

  • Debate Rages On as Short-Sale Rule Nears End Sunday, 10 Aug 2008 | 2:21 PM ET
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    Short trading in 19 major U.S. financial stocks will revert to rules governing other shares Wednesday as a Securities and Exchange Commission experiment against abusive short selling expires.

  • Merrill Will Be Next to Reach Securities Settlement Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 5:40 PM ET

    Merrill Lynch will follow Citigroup in cobbling together a settlement for clients who bought auction rate securities.

  • Citigroup Debt Accord May Spur Other Banks to Settle Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 12:42 PM ET
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    Citigroup agreed to buy back more than $7 billion of illiquid auction-rate securities and pay a $100 million civil fine to settle charges it fraudulently misled investors about the debt's risk.

  • Citi Talks With Regulators May Lead to Buybacks: WSJ Wednesday, 6 Aug 2008 | 8:34 AM ET
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    Citigroup is in talks with state and federal regulators to resolve allegations of wrongdoing in the auction-rate-securities market that could result in its buying back several billion dollars of the illiquid securities, Wall Street Journal said.

  • China Makes Growth Its Priority as Economy Slows Friday, 1 Aug 2008 | 1:48 AM ET
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    Sustaining rapid growth is China's economic priority, President Hu Jintao said on Friday as an official survey pointed to a swoon in the all-important manufacturing sector.

  • Connecticut Sues Rating Agencies For Deception Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008 | 11:04 AM ET
    State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal holds a press conference in his office to announce plans to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education over the federal No Child Left Behind Act in Hartford, Conn., Monday August 22, 2005.

    Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday he will take legal action against the three major rating agencies, which he accused of "deceptive and unfair practices."

  • SEC Continues Short-Selling Curb Through Aug. 12 Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008 | 3:21 AM ET

    U.S. securities regulators have extended through Aug. 12 an emergency rule aimed at curbing abusive short selling in the stocks of 19 major financial firms, including mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.