Financial stocks were having a mixed session Tuesday as

Federal Reserve

Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson took questions in Washington about the government's plan for stabilizing the markets and the economy.

The Amex Securities Broker/Dealer index was up 0.9%, while the NYSE Financial Sector index was off 0.1%. The KBW Bank index was down 1.3%.

Raymond James

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and

Charles Schwab

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were both on the winning side and gaining more than 3%.

Jefferies

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was having an even better day, adding 4.7%.

Insurance company

AIG

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rose nearly 9% after saying its board would suspend its quarterly common stock dividends.

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As for the losers,

Merrill Lynch

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Ameriprise

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was weaker by 2.1%.

Elsewhere,

Goldman Sachs

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was little changed, and

Washington Mutual

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edged down 1%.

Wachovia

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was even weaker, surrendering 7%.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.