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  • Stocks closed mixed Tuesday, with the Nasdaq ending lower and the S&P failing to end above a key technical level despite earlier optimism over a meeting of EU finance ministers and a better-than-expected consumer confidence report.

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    Americans are unprepared for retirement, so much so that it's reached crisis levels, according to a new survey of small business owners.

  • Top analyst Dick Bove thinks investors are so freaked out about banks that they’re missing a key issue – that the crisis in Europe is actually good for US banks.

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    The latest round of bank stress tests could actually do more harm than good to the fragile financial system—even pushing the US back into a recession, a prominent bank analyst believes.

  • Stocks finished near session lows in thin trading Wednesday as investors hesitated to stay long ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday amid ongoing concerns over debt issues in the U.S. and euro zone.

  • Banks Face Another Stress Test

    Discussing how the stress tests will impact the financial sector, with Paul Miller, FBR Capital Markets managing director/head of financial institutions research.

  • Futures remained under pressure Wednesday amid worries over debt issues in the U.S. and euro zone in addition to a handful of tepid economic news.

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    European stocks were called to open lower on Wednesday after Asian shares, US futures and oil prices dropped on weak flash PMI data out of China, showing factory activity levels at their lowest since March 2009.

  • Dick Bove

    Noted bank analyst Dick Bove tells Larry Kudlow the stress tests aren't an indication that the Fed has a particular concern about the state of American banks.

  • After the bell, chatter on the floor was all about the Fed's new round of bank stress tests. Is the Fed worried that the crisis is getting worse?

  • Fed Launches 2012 U.S. Banks Stress Test

    CNBC's Steve Liesman has details on the Fed finalizing the rules for its annual stress test, which is critical for determining whether banks can raise dividends and repurchase shares.

  • A Citibank ATM user.

    As most retail customers move online to bank, branches are regrouping by aggressively going after accounts with small-business owners, who tend to need a lot more face time than other types of customers.

  • Some companies haven't had the luxury to make acquisitions since the financial crisis and instead have been using ventures and business line fire sales to stabilize bleeding operations.

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    The concept of a “retirement age” is fading as people plan to work longer until reaching adequate savings.

  • Each year, the analyzes the finances of the members of the U.S. Congress, revealing the members with the highest and lowest net worth and their investments, liabilities and other sources of income. Senators and representatives are required to file annual disclosures of their holdings and investments, which reveal where they are placing their money. The disclosures do not list specific figures and instead provide a range of values for individual holdings - for example, one asset could be listed a

    It is likely interesting for investors to know which stocks their lawmakers have personal interest in. So, which stocks are the most widely held by members of the Congress? Find out!

  • It's 13F season. Find out which moves the pros find most noteworthy!

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    We already knew, thanks to this morning's CNBC interview, that Warren Buffett has been busy buying IBM shares this year.  Now that Berkshire's 13-F third quarter filing is public, we know that new portfolio manager Todd Combs has also been doing some buying, although not at the same scale.

  • Buffett Buying IBM

    The "apple" of Warren Buffett's eye is another tech giant, IBM. Whitney Tilson, T2 Partners, weighs in.

  • Congressional Budget Director Elmendorf Testifies During Joint Deficit Reduction Committee Hearing

    The congressional 'super committee' could quickly become a super-sized headache for markets if it doesn't show progress by its Thanksgiving-eve deadline. Investors are decidedly negative in their view of the bi-partisan committee, as they remember the high level of political rancor surrounding the debt ceiling debate and the subsequent downgrade of the U.S. credit rating last summer.

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway releases its end-of-Q3 stock portfolio snapshot later today, but during his live appearance on Squawk Box this morning Buffett revealed its big secret: Berkshire has bought $10.7 billion worth of common stock in IBM.