Anticipation of numbers that beat the estimates has investors in an upbeat mood early on Friday.
Just like with bond rating agencies, sell-side equity analysis is fraught with conflicts of interest.
With problems still persisting in the financial industry, more layoffs may be on the horizon.
The hedge fund giant, who has seen big gains and big losses in recent years, has been selling financials and consumer cyclicals and buying real estate and energy.
U.S. equity futures were flat overnight despite comments from global central banks indicating more stimulus may be imminent.
Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp may be better bets than companies recovering from deep losses.
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