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Zillow files for $51.8M IPO

Real estate and housing data company Zillow Inc. filed with U.S. securities regulators on Monday for an initial public offering of up to $51.8 million. Get the full story »

Feds cite 14 banks for mortgage ‘misconduct’

Major U.S. banks and thrifts filed foreclosures with improper documentation and lacked sufficient staff to properly handle distressed borrowers, federal bank regulators said Wednesday as they ordered lenders to overhaul their foreclosure processes. Get the full story »

Citi to resume dividend, sets reverse split

Citigroup Inc. said Monday it plans to reduce the number of outstanding common stock shares, and to reintroduce a dividend beginning in second quarter 2011. Get the full story »

Banks plan to hike dividends after stress tests

JPMorgan Chase & Co, Wells Fargo & Co. and other major U.S. banks plan to boost their dividend payments after passing stress tests evaluated by the Federal Reserve.

The share buybacks signal that regulators view banks as being healthy enough to withstand the remaining uncertainties in the economy, after the banking system has been profitable for a year. Get the full story »

Banks boosting rates on long-term CDs

Attention, beleaguered savers: Banks across the nation, including Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and Northern Trust Corp., are bumping up rates on longer-term certificates of deposit.

In general, rates had fallen since the financial crisis. “Last week was the first broad-based move higher in quite some time,” says Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at Get the full story »

Trustee: Citi shopped Madoff to other banks

Citigroup Inc. tried to pass its exposure to Bernard Madoff to other banks just months before his epic fraud was revealed, the Madoff trustee said in a lawsuit accusing a second major U.S. bank of unsavory dealings with the financier.

Trustee Irving Picard said red flags about Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC were apparent to Citi as early as 2005, according to court papers unsealed Monday. The lawsuit seeks $425 million from the bank. Get the full story »

Allstate sues Citi, Deutsche Bank over securities

Allstate Corp. sued Citigroup Inc. and Deutsche Bank AG Friday, accusing the banks of misrepresenting risks on more than $385 million of mortgage securities it bought.

Allstate, the largest publicly traded U.S. home and auto insurer, has filed similar lawsuits against Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Get the full story »

SEC expands mortgage foreclosure probe

U.S. regulators have opened a new line of inquiry in their mortgage foreclosure probe and are asking big Wall Street banks about the beginning stages of mortgage securitization, two sources familiar with the probe said.

The Securities and Exchange Commission launched the new phase of its investigation by sending out a fresh round of subpoenas last week to big banks including Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co., the sources said. Get the full story »

Treasury to publicly offer 2.4 billion Citi shares

The Treasury said on Monday it is commencing an underwritten public offering of its remaining 2.4 billion shares of Citigroup common stock. Get the full story »

Banking giants leaned heavily on Fed in crisis

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein testifies before a Senate investigative committee on Capitol Hill, April 27, 2010. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and other big U.S. banks repeatedly sought help from the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis, according to data on Wednesday that showed just how precarious their situation was at the time.

Many of the firms now boasting solid profits had to rely on funding from the U.S. central bank, which essentially acted as the glue holding the financial system together in the tumultuous months that followed the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in September 2008.

Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, now part of Bank of America, were the three biggest recipients of the Fed’s key emergency lending programs, according to a Reuters analysis of Fed data. Goldman Sachs was sixth on the list, contradicting claims from its top executives that the firm always had plenty of cash on hand. Get the full story »

Citi to put $3 billion to $4 billion in consumer bank

Citigroup Inc. plans to spend $3 billion to $4 billion on its consumer bank to attract more business from its wealthy, urban customers, the head of its North American consumer bank said on Wednesday. Get the full story »

Mortgage investors sue Citi over underwriting

Several Citigroup Inc. mortgage bond investors, including Charles Schwab Corp. and hedge fund Cambridge Place Investment Management, have sued the bank over its home loan underwriting processes, according to a regulatory filing on Friday. Get the full story »

Citi dips into reserves to post 3Q profit

Citigroup Inc. reported its third straight quarterly profit, beating forecasts and boosting optimism that the banking sector is on track to recover even amid a tepid economic expansion.

Relief about the improving results, bolstered by slowing credit losses and reduced reserves for bad loans, outweighed lingering concern about the foreclosure crisis, boosting the bank’s shares nearly 4 percent. Get the full story »

Actor Hagman awarded $11.5M from Citi

Larry Hagman, the actor who played the villainous J.R. Ewing in 1980s TV show “Dallas,” became a victim of fraud and misconduct at the hands of Citigroup Inc., a FINRA arbitration panel ruled this week.

The total award includes $10 million in punitive damages that Citi must pay to charities selected by Hagman, $1.1 million in compensatory damages and nearly $440,000 in legal fees. Get the full story »

Citi selling $1.6B retail credit card assets to GE

Citigroup is selling $1.6 billion in retail credit card assets to GE Capital as the bank continues to shed smaller businesses to focus on its core consumer banking operations. Get the full story »