If Wall Street hadn't been closed for Sandy, the market would have jumped on a bevy of positive developments.
Goldman downgrades Royal Dutch Shell to 'sell' and upgrades ConocoPhillips to 'neutral.'
Mortgage lending was the brightest spot in the quarter for Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase.
A strong outlook justifies the investment bank's ramping up its trading activity in the sector.
For contrarians, here's an out-of-favor banking stock based in the equally unpopular eurozone.
The bank also gains entry into China as custodian for a new Chinese fund.
Stocks are higher despite Moody's warning about a possible US credit rating cut.
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