Goldman Sachs ( GS) and JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) beat the Street. Ben Bernanke sees tentative signs that the decline in economic activity is slowing.

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News of the Week

One under $10 stock, Citigroup ( C), reported better than expected first-quarter results on Friday. General Electric ( GE), which isn't under $10 these days but was as recently as March 30, also posted its numbers and exceeded estimates.

Shares of Bank of America ( BAC) came under slight pressure during the week as the Securities and Exchange Commission said it was reviewing Merrill Lynch's bonus payments.

AIG ( AIG) sold its auto insurance unit to Zurich Financial Services for $1.9 billion and its AIG Private Bank to Aabar Investments for $253 million.

Discussions between General Motors ( GM) and the United Auto Workers union were put on hold as the UAW aggressively pursued talks with Chrysler. Any deal could be a template for GM contracts. Reportedly, the government is considering taking an equity stake in GM, swapping some of the $13.4 billion the carmaker borrowed from the Treasury Department.

Week Ahead

The focus continues on banks. Bank of America, Wells Fargo ( WFC), PNC Financial ( PNC) and State Street ( STT) will report earnings. BofA and Wells have signaled that their quarters will be strong, but if they or other banks disappoint, the market isn't going to be very happy.

Also, the government will reportedly have remarks about the assumptions of the stress tests on 19 big banks, with full results to follow May 4.

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