Some companies won consumers' admiration over the past week -- others have lost both trust and dollars.
Federal prosecutors are looking into whether banks misled investors about their roles in mortgage-bond deals. Targeted banks include Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and UBS. At the same time, New York's Attorney General is launching a separate probe of whether some banks misled ratings agencies.
After a painful 2008, insurance companies have made a comeback, with plenty of cash on their balance sheets. As a result, mergers and acquisitions will likely dominate the insurance and reinsurance market in 2010.