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1349 ET 07April2009-Treasury to delay release of bank stress tests
 The U.S. Treasury Department is planning to delay the release of any
completed bank stress test results until after the first-quarter earnings
season, in order to avoid complicating stock market reaction, a source familiar
with the Treasury's discussion said on Tuesday.
 The government is testing how the largest U.S. banks would fare under more
adverse economic conditions than are expected in an attempt to assess the
firm's capital needs.
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1343 ET 07April2009-Mortgage delinquencies up 50 pct: Equifax
 More U.S. consumers are falling behind on their mortgages, an indication
that the housing market has yet to bottom, according to Dann Adams, the
president of U.S. Information Systems for Equifax.
 Adams said that 7 percent of homeowners with mortgages were at least 30
days late on their loans in February, an increase of more than 50 percent from
the year-ago period.
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 The Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction index .DJUSHB slid 6.7 percent to
213.36 on Tuesday.
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1320 ET 07April2009-Citi upgrades American Express to hold
 Citi on Tuesday upgraded American Express AXP.N to hold from sell, saying
the company didn't need new equity at this point because its capital ratios and
liquidity were solid.
 Despite that, it said AmEx's fundamentals would remain challenging through
2009, and that the company faced the risk of more negative rating agency
actions, including a downgrade from Moody's. [ID:nWNAB1394]
 Shares of American Express, a Dow component, slid 0.6 percent to $15.06.
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1313 ET 07April2009-Goldman CEO: crisis has been "deeply humbling"
 Lloyd Blankfein, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs GS.N, on Tuesday
said that the economic crisis has been "deeply humbling" for financial firms,
and that they got caught up in the pursuit of profits, ignoring risks.
 Blankfein also said that banks receiving taxpayer money needed to pay back
the funds as soon as possible.
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1236 ET-07April2009 Emerson Electric options action swells
 U.S. diversified manufacturer Emerson Electric Co EMR.N options have
become active and its option implied volatility is moving higher heading into
an investor conference later today, said option strategist
Frederic Ruffy. According to Trade Alert, about 20,000 calls and 7,691 put
options traded in Emerson in the afternoon session, which represents six times
the average daily combined volume. The stock's option implied volatility stood
at 56 percent, up from about 53 percent the day before, he added. The busiest
contract is the June $33 calls, where 6,099 contracts are situated.
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1230 ET 07April2009-Soros: Recent U.S. stock rally 'to be expected'
 Billionaire investor George Soros told Reuters in an exclusive
round-tableinterview on Monday that the recent rebound in U.S. equities "was to
be expected." Soros said: "My technical advisers draw a comparison to 1937
where you had a 50 percent rebound before it went down again. I see this a
rally in a bear market." U.S. stocks were down for a second straight day on
Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average .DJI down 160 points, or 2
 For interview, click on [ID:nN06386461].
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