4 Financial Stock Stories Making Midweek Headlines

MasterCard Inc. (NYSE:MA): Current price $591.42

The European Union’s financial services commissioner, Michel Barnier, said Wednesday that MasterCard waged a “mad campaign” to avert caps on card fees while he revealed plans to reduce charges by $8 billion per year. More specifically, Barnier said that MasterCard used misleading information in its opposition to proposals to cap interchange fees at 0.2 percent for debit card payments and 0.3 percent for credit cards. The restrictions are also aimed at card systems operated by Visa Europe Ltd., in which banks charge each other interchange fees, or swipe fees, for payment processing.

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Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C): Current price $52.34

Citi has launched the Market Infrastructure Risk Heat Map to give investors and intermediary clients with comprehensive risk evaluations for each market in Citi’s worldwide network. The map represents the most recent solution offered via Citi’s Network 3.0 program, permitting clients to rapidly and easily assess market infrastructure risk across several attributes. Through an analysis of more than 65 key metrics delivered by Citi’s on-the-ground experts in more than 95 countries, the Risk Map provides a quantitative assessment of market infrastructure risk for settlements, account structure and opening, safekeeping, asset servicing, cash management, and taxation.

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Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS): Current price $165.02

Goldman Sachs deputy general counsel David Greenwald is exiting the firm and will return to his former law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as a co-chairperson. Greenwald will serve in that position through February 2015 with its current chairwoman, Valerie Jacob, and will be named as the firm’s chairman in March 2015, according to a statement released by the law firm Wednesday.

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Royal Bank of Scotland Group (NYSE:RBS): Current price $10.45

The Financial Times reports the former chief of HSBC’s Hong Kong operations, Mark McCombe, has now emerged as the top external candidate to become the next chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, citing three sources.

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