Legislation Regulations

  • NYSE Traders

    Stocks may have a hard time finding traction ahead of the Fed's Tuesday meeting, but the trend for the market is clearly higher, strategists say.

  • Stocks struggled Friday but managed to pull off a gain for the week, with the S&P holding a 17-month high at 1,150.

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    By setting risk retention requirements at each step of the process, the very legislation intended to avoid a housing crisis could drastically reduce liquidity and cripple the ability of the secondary mortgage market to deliver hundreds of billions of dollars of low cost mortgage credit needed each year.

  • Stocks struggled Friday as investors digested mixed readings on the consumer: Retail sales rose unexpectedly last month, while consumer sentiment softened.

  • Stocks slipped into the red Friday after a report showed consumer sentiment softened in March.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open for Wall Street Friday after Thursday's rally in the final hour of trading and with investors watching consumer data due later Friday.

  • Stocks rallied in the final hour of trading Thursday, pushing the S&P to a 17-month high above 1,150. Banks finished strong, with Citi up over 5 percent.

  • US Senators Bob Corker and Christopher Dodd.

    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) will introduce a revised package of reforms for the financial sector Monday, essentially sidelining long-running, bipartisan talks.

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    US regulators told banks not to increase dividends or buy back shares until political (and economic) uncertainty around the industry dissipates. They have to be smoking something. Define the end of political uncertainty.

  • Gary Gensler

    For 18 years, Gary G. Gensler worked on Wall Street, striking merger deals at the venerable Goldman Sachs. Today, he is emerging as one of the nation’s archreformers, pushing to impose some of the most stringent new financial regulations in history. The New York Times reports.

  • Senate Banking Committee members from both parties said on Wednesday that they had agreed to include in their regulatory overhaul bill a new Office of Research and Analysis that would provide early warnings of possible systemic collapses.

  • Stocks slipped at the open Thursday after the government said weekly jobless claims fell but not as much as analysts had anticipated.

  • Stock index futures were treading water Thursday after posting a slight a gain Wednesday on the back of gains in financial stocks.

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    The Senate Banking Committee has added a new fee on big financial institutions to its legislative package of financial reforms, according to a source familiar with negotiations

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    The key question facing investors right now — on the anniversary of a record-breaking stock surge, the best in 75 years — is whether we’re headed for a second bull-market year?

  • Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) and ranking member Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)

    Senator Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who is playing a crucial role in bipartisan negotiations over financial regulation, pressed to remove a provision from draft legislation that would have empowered federal authorities to crack down on payday lenders.

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    American International Group has formulated a new "forced ranking" system to determine bonuses and rate employee performance, Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.

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    Regulators have told US banks to avoid increasing dividends or share buyback programs until the economy is on firmer footing, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.

  • The Parthenon in Greece

    Greek Financial Minister George Papaconstantinou told CNBC Tuesday that there is "no question" the country's three-year deficit reduction plan will succeed, but he said its problems are also something that pertain to all of Europe.

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    I do believe that this great stock market rally over the past year — the S&P 500 is up 68 percent and economy-sensitive small-caps are up 95 percent — is in part telling us that political regime change is coming our way this November.