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General Motor


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initial public offering and positive economic data carried financial stocks upward Thursday.

The Financial Select Sector SPDR

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closed up 20 cents at $14.86.

Goldman Sachs

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was the big winner of the day. Goldman ended the day up $2.46 at $167.35. The firm announced 110 new partners and 321 managing directors as part of its annual promotion.


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shares closed up 11 cents at $4.30

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even though the bank may have to refile tens of thousands of foreclosure documents due to "robo-signing."

American International Group

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closed up 78 cents at $42.56. The insurer


its offer to exchange 74.5 million equity units until Tuesday evening as it prepares for a massive conversion of the U.S. Treasury Department's preferred stake.

There were some losers Thursday.

Regions Financial

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shares closed down 23 cents at $5.31 after Fitch Ratings lowered Regions ratings to BBB-.

Fifth Third Bancorp

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was also a big loser Thursday, ending the day down 31 cents at $12.08.

--Written by Maria Woehr in New York.

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