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Wall Street This Week: All Eyes on Earnings

The stock market's robust rally was slowing even before Friday's jobs report, but the red flag sent up by the weak payrolls data makes the path to more gains less secure.

4 Tips to Avoid the Payday-Loan Trap

This week JPMorgan Chase announced protections against payday lenders. But big banks can't stop the cycle of devastation payday loans can cause. Only you can, and here's how.

Warren Buffett's 5 Favorite Stocks

Everyone wants to know what Warren Buffett is buying, but what about what he already owns? We take a look at Berkshire's portfolio of stocks to find out which stocks he's sunk the most money into -- and which he's likely to hold onto in the near future.

FDIC: Banks Earn $141.3 Billion in 2012, Second-Highest Annual Haul Ever

Profits at U.S. banks jumped almost 37 percent for the October-December period, reaching the highest level for a fourth quarter in six years as banks continued to step up lending. The figures are fresh evidence of the industry's sustained recovery more than four years after the financial crisis.

Without Taxpayer Aid, Too Big to Fail Banks Would Only Break Even

Today brings what seems like a minor milestone in the big banks' fall from grace: a Bloomberg editorial announcing that Wall Street's largest firms would not be profitable without taxpayer backstops, and calling for an end to the perverse incentives that this arrangement produces.

Why It's Really Time to Break Up the Too Big to Fail Banks

When the financial crisis hit, Washington chose to rescue America's biggest banks, lest their failure crush the economy. Now, "too big to fail" has morphed into "too big to jail," and letting them remain that way isn't good for the economy -- or the banking industry.

Midday Market Minute: Will the Bank Stock Rally Last?

Investors will hear from leaders in the banking industry this week, when Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley report quarterly results. Bank stocks outperformed the broader market last year, but that trend may not last in 2013.

5 Things to Watch on Wall Street This Week

From eBay stepping up with its latest financials to Facebook showing off its latest clever ideas, there will be plenty of news breaking in the coming days. Here's a rundown of what's likely to shape the week ahead on Wall Street.

Stocks Inch Lower; S&P 500 Slips From 5-Year High

Stocks edged lower on Wall Street Friday, pulling the Standard & Poor's 500 index below a five-year high reached the day before. The S&P 500 fell two points to 1,470 as of noon Eastern. It closed at 1,472 Thursday, its highest level since December 2007. The Dow Jones industrial average fell a point to 13,469. The Nasdaq composite index dropped three points to 3,119.

Stock Futures Mixed After S&P Closes at 5-Year High

Stock futures are mixed in light volume with markets awaiting the next rush of earnings reports DJIA and S&P 500 futures are down a hair, while Nasdaq futures are up a point. Traders appear to be holding their positions a day after the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ended at a five-year peak.

10 Top Banks Agree to Pay $8.5 Billion for Foreclosure Abuses

Ten major banks and mortgage companies have agreed to pay $8.5 billion to settle complaints that they wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners. Under the settlement, people who were wrongfully foreclosed on could receive from a few hundred dollars up to $125,000.

Fewer U.S. Banks Failing as Industry Strengthens

U.S. banks are ending the year with their best profits since 2006 and fewer failures than at any time since the financial crisis struck in 2008. They're helping support an economy slowed by high unemployment, flat pay, sluggish manufacturing and anxious consumers.

A Look at Back at Bank Scandals Since the Financial Crisis

Even before the LIBOR scandal hit, the financial industry's image was already badly tarnished by its leading role in causing the global financial crisis and recession. Here's a look at some of the low points for banking and bankers since the start of the financial crisis.

U.S. Bank Earnings Up 6.6%, Most in 6 Years

U.S. banks earned more from July through September than in any other quarter over the past six years. The increase is further evidence that the industry is strengthening four years after the 2008 financial crisis.

Should the 'Already Banked' Consider Prepaid Debit Cards?

Seems like every big bank has started offering prepaid debit cards, giving people without bank accounts a way to pay with plastic. Now, smaller bank Kaiku Finance is launching the "Kaiku Card" -- and it's hoping that regular customers will slip its prepaid cards into their wallets too.

Bankers Agree: 'Too Big to Fail' Has Failed

Maybe if we called it "2B2F," it would have been more popular. But lacking the street cred of a cool nickname, the idea "too big to fail" is beginning to lose popularity in America -- even among some of the country's most famous bankers

What to Do When Your Bank Branch Closes

In the past year, more than 750 bank branches in the U.S. have closed. If yours is the next one to shut its doors, there are things you need to think about -- even if you rarely set foot inside.

Did Capital One Target Deployed Soldiers for Foreclosure?

Legally, banks are forbidden to foreclose on the homes of our nation's deployed servicemembers, and they're supposed to cut them a break on credit card interest, too. Seems Capital One has been breaking those rules -- but it may not be a scandal.

Analyst Dumps Wells Fargo for Bad Service, Rates Stock a Buy

When influential bank analyst Richard X. Bove got fed up with Wells Fargo as a customer, he moved his money over to Chase, then turned the experience into a research note. His startling conclusion: "[T]he service is so bad, and yet the company is so good."