There are still plenty of trader CEOs left in finance, even if Wall Street has been overrun by risk managers.
Stocks are mixed as news of surging US housing starts partially offsets disappointing earnings from 2 of tech's biggest names.
Construction of new homes climbed 15% in September. Big earnings are from IBM, BAC and PEP.
The company's controversial acquisitions of Merrill Lynch and Countrywide are still dragging down its numbers.
Shares of the bank rose more than 5% Monday, and other financial companies saw a corresponding lift.
Berkshire Hathaway's large stake in the bank puts it in the position of fighting the Fed.
Wall Street banks should ask new analysts to value the social network instead of giving them brain teasers.
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