The lenders' improving earnings should outweigh litigation costs, but B of A and Citigroup are still struggling.
With a reloadable, low-cost card, the retailing giant and American Express offer an alternative for customers fed up with bank fees.
An analyst says the volatility of the media company's stock outweighs its potential rewards.
Everyone hates the Big 4, but new banking efforts by retailers will only act as R&D for the financial giants.
This business runs on trust. If institutions lose it, they lose customers.
Revenue per employee is one way to measure a company's efficiency. Based on that, the energy giant tops the mega-caps.
But markets are still watching for a possible Moody's downgrade of Spanish debt. In the US, the ISM's Chicago PMI slips and consumer spending barely rises. Facebook shares jump 7% on the site's new gift feature.
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