Friday's Headlines: Goldman, JP Morgan among 16 banks investigated by European Union into possible anti-trust violations

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The European Union is investigating Goldman, JP Morgan and 14 other large banks for possible antitrust violations involving the market for credit default swaps (CDS) derivatives, according to Reuters. The European Commission said today it would investigate whether 16 investment banks and CDS market information provider Markit had colluded or abused a dominant market position.

The 16 banks being examined are: JP Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Commerzbank, Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS, Wells Fargo Bank/Wachovia, Credit Agricole and Societe Generale.

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Spanish unemployment rises to over 21 percent, the highest in Europe, as inflation accelerated and retail sales plunged. [Businessweek]

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Wall Street executives will get more face time with senior bank regulators as Federal Reserve Bank of New York hires 75 to 100 people to its regulatory operation. [Reuters]

U.S. consumer spending rose as inflation posts its biggest year-on-year rise in 10 months. [Reuters]

Warren Buffett to face questions on praising Sokol before audit report. [Bloomberg]

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