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AIG bid to buy back toxic assets could help market

American International Group’s bid to take back $15.7 billion in risky mortgage bonds may inject fresh confidence in a market where investors had started to question a nearly two-year rally. AIG said on Thursday it made the offer to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for the residential mortgage-backed securities it gave up at the height of the financial crisis. The Fed on Friday confirmed it received AIG’s (AIG.N) offer for the bonds, held in Maiden Lane II, an entity formed in late 2008 as part of AIG’s bailout. For more than a year, the insurer has been preparing
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Carnival cruise line hit by rising fuel prices

Cruise operator Carnival Corp. cut its full-year earnings outlook Friday because of rising fuel prices and itinerary changes in the Middle East and North Africa. Carnival also said Friday that its first-quarter earnings will come in at 19 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet were expecting for earnings of 20 cents per share. Carnival’s first-quarter forecast was for earnings between 15 cents and 19 cents per share. The cruise operator now anticipates full-year earnings of $2.50 to $2.60 per share. That’s down from a prior range of $2.90 to $3.10 per share. Analysts expect earnings of $2.94 per share
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