Stocks are higher as report shows surprisingly strong retail sales in September.
Berkshire Hathaway's large stake in the bank puts it in the position of fighting the Fed.
Mortgage lending was the brightest spot in the quarter for Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase.
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.
Everyone hates the Big 4, but new banking efforts by retailers will only act as R&D for the financial giants.
Blackstone, Carlyle and Silver Lake are among the bidders for this electronic health records company.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
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In a tax case, a US judge ruled that the agency's published guidelines don't hold up in court.
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