But the level is less than expected as the economy -- and tax receipts -- start to recover.
Settlement talks may begin soon, a news report says. Goldman insists, however, it has done nothing wrong.
Both stocks have had big run-ups, helping techs move higher. But smart money may be getting out.
The jobs report will be the week's big news -- if the oil spill doesn't overwhelm everything. Automakers will report sales Monday. United Air's UAL may acquire Continental Airlines.
The mortgage insurer alleges that Countrywide Financial committed fraud as it bought insurance on mortgage securities.
Morgan Stanley is fined $14 million, and UBS is hit with a $200,000 penalty. Moore Capital is fined $25 million over platinum and palladium manipulation.
Prosecutors in New York are looking into whether the financial giant knowingly committed fraud in some of its mortgage deals, The Wall Street Journal says. But the probe is young and could end with no charges filed.
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