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  • Banks mostly flat, with modest weakness in the larger regional banks. It's a good sign: the Bank Index (BKX) rallied almost 25 percent from the February low to the high last Thursday, and declined only 3 percent on Friday. There are three clear risks...

  • Citigroup earnings on Monday provided more evidence that the large financials may be turning a corner. Anton Schutz, president of Mendon Capital, shared his insights on the results.

  • Stocks pushed higher on Monday after a more-than-expected rise in leading indicators and strong earnings from Citigroup. Fritz Meyer, senior market strategist at Invesco AIM and Linda Duessel, equity market strategist at Federated Investors shared their market outlooks.

  • Citigroup shares rose as the financial giant reported a $4.43 billion first-quarter profit on Monday as losses from bad loans declined. Chris Whalen, senior vice president and managing director at Institutional Risk Analytics shared his insights on the earnings results.

  • Stocks pushed higher Monday after a sharper-than-expected rise in leading indicators and an earnings beat from Citigroup.

  • Negotiations over Greece's debt crisis have been delayed...because the airspaces have been closed due to the Iceland volcanic eruption. AND: Don't let the Goldman story, as important as it is for some financial firms, distract you from the main story: earnings are getting better.

  • GameStop is attracting upside option activity following some notable endorsements in recent days.

  • Veteran financial analyst Dick Bove, with Rochdale Securities, sent out a research report Monday morning calling the SEC’s case against Goldman Sachs weak, but says the events of Friday could be setting the stage for another financial system collapse.

  • U.S. stock index futures were lower ahead of the open Monday as investors were still reeling from Friday's news that the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Goldman Sachs with fraud, with banks leading European indexes lower.

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    Uncertainty surrounding Goldman Sachs will likely overshadow the positive news from dozens of major corporate earnings reports in the week ahead. Some analysts say the Goldman spacer fraud charges could be the event that will trigger a much anticipated stock market correction.

  • Stocks pared their losses Friday as some traders saw the selloff that resulted from SEC charges against Goldman Sachs for securities fraud as a buying opportunity.

  • Investors have overreacted to the SEC charges against Goldman Sachs, and the stock is still a buy ahead of its earnings announcement, analysts told CNBC Friday.

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    The SEC filed a civil suit against Goldman Sachs on Friday accusing the financial giant of making "misleading statements and omissions" in connections with CDOs that were structured and marketed to investors.

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    "This makes the investor sit back and say, 'This is exactly why I'm not in the market. It's a good-old-boy network'" says one market pro of the Goldman Sachs charges.

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    Many of my clients are "afraid" or are experiencing "fear." Fear is not always a bad thing, though. In fact, for traders, feeling fear is not a problem, as long as they don't panic and allow it to drive them out of or in to trades.

  • A participant at a Tea Party Express rally displays a sign critical of the Obama administration on April 13, 2010 in Albany, New York. The Tea Party Express will head to Boston on Wednesday where the headline speaker at an afternoon rally will be Sarah Palin.

    So much is being written in the mainstream media about who the tea partiers are, but very little is being recorded about what these folks are actually saying.

  • The political fur is flying on Wall Street over the Goldman Sachs allegations.Few are trying to defend Goldman if the substance of the allegations are correct; however, the Obama administration has many enemies on the Street. Many are openly questioning the timing of the announcement. Why? Because a vote on financial reform is imminent...and victory is not assured.

  • Stocks skidded Friday, snapping a six-day winning streak, after the SEC shocked the market, charging Goldman Sachs with fraud over its handling of subprime mortgages.

  • The most important implication of the Goldman story: regulatory reform just took a real hard turn to the left. How are Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein going to argue against regulatory reform now? Think about the outlandish headlines you might see: "hedge funds conspire with Goldman Sachs to crush US housing market."

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    Stunning security fraud charges against Wall Street behemoth Goldman Sachs are likely to roil the markets in the short term but unlikely to have longer-lasting effects, market experts said.