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Injured Trader Not Expected To Walk Again

Sad to report that Ray Ducharme, the 31-year-old Bank of America bond trader who was seriously injured after being thrown by a cow during a bull-running festival in Spain last month, is thought unlikely to ever walk again.

Goldman Profits Worries, More Merrill News

Shares in Goldman Sachs fell slightly Wednesday after respected Merrill Lynch analyst Guy Moszkowski reduced his estimates for the firm's third-quarter profits. The third-quarter, which includes August (traditionally the slowest month of the year anyway, due to holidays) is generally thought to be shaping up to be tougher for investment banks than the first two.

BarCap, CIBC, Credit Suisse, Lazard, John Mack, SG, UBS

BarCap and Barclays Global Investors (BGI) were the jewels in the crown at Barclays in the first half of 2006. BarCap, which added a further 600 to the payroll from January through July, posted a 66% increase in profits to $2.4bn. BGI profits were up 51% to $686m in the period.

'Stinky' Secretary Wins Estimated $1.5m

The Independent reports that Helen Green, the 36-year-old Deutsche Bank employee who worked in the firm's secretariat division in London between October 1997 and October 2001, has been awarded an estimated $1.5m in damages today, over the bullying she said she had to endure in what she described as a 'department from Hell'.