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E*Trade Sells $3B Mortgage-Backed Securities, Municipal Bonds To Bolster Finances

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E*Trade Financial Corp., the worst performer in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index last year, sold $3 billion of mortgage-backed securities and municipal bonds to bolster its finances.

The sale was completed at a loss of less than $5 million, the New York-based online brokerage said in a statement today. E*Trade also said it's ``aggressively'' reducing risks from real- estate loan holdings and shuttered the institutional equities trading division.

E*Trade rose 7.1 percent on the Nasdaq Stock Market after falling to an 11-year low yesterday on concern the company may post more mortgage losses when it reports fourth-quarter earnings later this month. Clients' cash balances were unchanged from a month earlier, easing concern about customer defections.

Read the whole story at Bloomberg