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Friday's Financial Winners & Losers

ABN Amro is rising.

ABN Amro


got a lift after

The Wall Street Journal

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reported that


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executives are attempting to prod CEO Charles Prince into bidding for the Dutch bank, which is currently in merger talks with Britain's


. ABN shares were trading up 90 cents, or 2.1%, to $43.05. Citigroup was dipping 26 cents to $51.58.

Freddie Mac

rose after it announced a new $1 billion stock repurchase program. The mortgage-investment firm also said 2006 earnings totaled $2.2 billion, or $2.84 a share -- a slight improvement over 2005's $2.75 a share -- though the fourth quarter saw a big loss. Shares were adding 46 cents, or 0.7%, to $62.70.

State Street

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climbed after an analyst at UBS said the Boston-based bank's fundamentals have been steadily improving, prompting an upgrade to buy from neutral. Shares were gaining $1.03, or 1.6%, to $65.97.

Friedman Billings upped


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rating to market-perform from underperform, pushing the insurer's shares up 30 cents, or 1.4%, to $22.12.

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