Top 10 Most-Searched Stocks: BofA

Wal-Mart, which posted better same-store sales, also makes the list.
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Wall Street extended its gains into a second session Friday, as investors looked past another bleak jobs report and toward Washington for news on the latest stimulus plan. Some of Friday's biggest winners came from the banking sector -- like

Bank of America

(BAC) - Get Report

,

Citigroup

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and

Goldman Sachs

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and found themselves on TheStreet.com's Top Ten Most Searched Stocks list.

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Shares of Bank of America shot up more than 25% on Friday after prominent analyst Dick Bove issued a note saying the current fears about the bank failing and being nationalized "make no sense whatsoever". Banks also got a boost from anticipation of the government's massive stimulus plan and its plan to aid battered banks

Next, Wall Street continues to wonder about the safety of

GE's

(GE) - Get Report

dividend -- and its triple-A rating. Those concerns vaulted GE back onto the most searched stocks list.

And oil prices dropped below $40 Friday as the government reported U.S. employers slashed more than a half million jobs last month -- the most in 35 years. But that didn't stop shares of

ConocoPhillips

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from rising, and earning a spot on the list.

Next, the

iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25

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exchange traded fund hopped onto the list after Jim Cramer made bullish statements about China on

Mad Money

last night.

And speaking of China, that country is going to use a lot of raw materials to jump start its economy and

Dryships

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is one of the companies delivering them. Dryships was on the list, joined by gold and copper supplier

Freeport McMoran

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.

And

Wal-Mart

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posted a 1.5% jump in U.S. same-store sales, including fuel, in January. Without fuel the comps rose 2.1%. The shares jumped as well, right onto the list.

Finally,

Apple

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is back on the list. The company's shares are back near triple digits as analysts weigh what the iPhone maker will do with that $28 billion pile of cash they are sitting on.

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.