A surge of investor inflows despite growing worries has lifted stocks ahead of the debt ceiling fight.
American Express downgraded to 'neutral,' Facebook upgraded to 'buy'
Stocks are mixed, with the Dow managing to cross back into positive ground near noon.
The nation's top mortgage lender reported record quarterly profits, but interest margins remain under pressure.
Japan unveiled a stimulus plan, boosting sentiment somewhat.
Analyst downgrades the bank, saying the valuation of the shares 'appears to be ahead of the company's near- to intermediate-term performance.
After great returns last yet, a number of big headlines are shaking up the financial sector in the New Year.
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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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Six weeks later, most Americans have forgotten about the 2014 tax season -- except those who didn't file by the April 15 deadline.
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