Top 10 Most-Searched Stocks: Bank of America

Hewlett-Packard, which reported a first quarter profit, also makes the list.
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U.S. stocks traded choppily on Thursday as worries over America's biggest banks drove the bank stock index to a 17-year low, as well as sending

Bank of America

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,

Wells Fargo

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and

Citigroup

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onto TheStreet.com's Top Ten Most Searched Stocks List.

Bank of America and Citigroup plunged as much as 12% on concerns about government plans to mop up bad assets from their books. The big question is whether they will pass Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's "stress test".

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Next,

General Electric

(GE) - Get Report

made the list after CEO Jeff Immelt announced yesterday he is declining his 2008 bonus as the company's stock price has dropped amid deteriorating economic conditions.

In tech-land,

Hewlett-Packard

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was heavily searched on Thursday after the company reported

plummeting

profit for its first quarter.

And oil giant

BP

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made the list. BP and Nasdaq listed

Verenium

(VRNM)

announced a new joint venture to produce cellulosic ethanol on a commercial scale by 2012.

Wal-Mart

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makes the list again. The nation's largest retailer continues to benefit from

consumers trading down

.

Foster Wheeler

(FWLT)

jumps onto the most searched stocks list after Lenny Dykstra discussed the stock in his Nails on the Numbers column.

And Cramer was bullish on

U.S. Steel

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last night in his Mad Money lightning round. That hoisted the steelmaker onto the list.

Finally,

GM

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was a popular search candidate as investors wait to see how Congress will react to its latest request for additional funds.

Before joining TheStreet.com, Gregg Greenberg was a writer and segment producer for CNBC's Closing Bell. He previously worked at FleetBoston and Lehman Brothers in their Private Client Services divisions, covering high net-worth individuals and midsize hedge funds. Greenberg attended New York University's School of Business and Economic Reporting. He also has an M.B.A. from Cornell University's Johnson School of Business, and a B.A. in history from Amherst College.