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) -- Financial stocks were mostly weaker Friday in moderate to light trading. The

Financial Select Sector SPDR


an exchange traded fund that tracks the sector, was down 0.13% to $14.84 in afternoon trading.




Wells Fargo


were in the

news after they settled litigation involving the acquisition of


from the

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

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in 2008. Citigroup initially appeared to have reached a deal to acquire Wachovia for $1 per share, but then Wells ended up winning the bank with a $7 bid. Several

news reports

contend the issue caused extensive bad blood between FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair and Citigroup boss Vikram Pandit.

The situation has also been widely reported to have caused rifts among government officials, particularly

Bair and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner

, who was New York Federal Reserve Chairman at the time of Wachovia's near collapse. Geithner has often been portrayed as being closely aligned with Citigroup, and was even considered for the top job at the bank,

The New York Times

reported last year


The blanket settlement announced Friday in a joint press release states that Wells will pay $100 million to Citigroup to resolve the dispute. Stocks of both companies erased some of the day's losses shortly after the announcement, though the broader stock market indices moved up at about the same time. Citigroup shares were down 0.81% to $4.26, while Wells Fargo shares were 0.24% lower at $27.45.

Other big bank shares were similarly lackluster, with

Bank of America


dipping 0.56% to $11.64,

JPMorgan Chase


sliding 0.53% to $39.45 and

Goldman Sachs


down 0.70% to $166.18.

Morgan Stanley was one exception to the weakness in the sector Friday. Shares of the securities giant were higher by 0.82% to $25.78.


Written by Dan Freed in New York


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