The following stocks were recently the 10 most-searched on TheStreet.com:Bank of America ( BAC) led the stock-search list as two more Merrill Lynch veterans abandoned ship. The banking giant continues to see brokerage personnel walk out the door. It will become more difficult for banks receiving TARP money to retain highly paid employees as the AIG ( AIG) bonus fallout stays in the headlines. AIG is also in the Top 10 list. The poster child for financial wrongdoing was once again in the hot seat as Congress grilled Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner about their involvement in Bonus-gate. JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) is one of the banks that seem to have the strength to consider returning TARP money. Word is that Goldman Sachs ( GS) still wants to give back its TARP money, setting an example for JPMorgan and others. Citigroup ( C), which topped yesterday's list, was still being heavily searched today as Geithner testified that he thought that the government should have more power when it came to troubled financial companies. FINRA fined former Wachovia units $1.1 million for failing to provide customers required notifications. The bank was purchased last year by Wells Fargo ( WFC). General Electric ( GE) defied a Moody's downgrade and continued to perform positively as other financial names took a pause. On the energy side, Nordic American Tanker Shipping ( NAT) gained readers' interest after Cramer interviewed the company's CEO on his "Mad Money" show
With oil trading above $50 a barrel, major oil companies such as Exxon Mobil ( XOM) are heating up. Rumors keep swirling around about Sun Microsystems ( JAVA) merging with IBM even though it looks as if Red Hat and Oracle are the latest merger whisper. Finally, Top 10 favorite Apple ( AAPL) may join the mini-computer market, which would signal a major shift for the company.