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BofA, Mack, Merrill, Morgan Stanley, Wachovia

Bank of America posted its first quarter profits last week - net income rose 5.4% to $5.26bn. Profit over at the investment banking unit fell slightly from $1.52bn for the same period 12 months ago to $1.45bn, due mainly to higher compensation costs.

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Barclays Bank CEO John Varley said at an investor conference in New York earlier this week that his bank's wealth management operations should be able to generate £500m in profits before too long. The unit posted pre-tax profits of £172m in 2005.

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Larry Fink To Square Up Against Jamie Dimon ?

Bill Rubin, BlackRock's senior investment analyst responsible for picking financial-company stocks, didn’t mince words a year ago when he e-mailed JPMorgan Chase right after the bank disclosed a trading loss that ultimately cost more than $6.2bn.