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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Capital One shows credit woes firmly hitting consumer

January 10 2007
Credit-card shares were among the top decliners in the financial sector Thursday after Capital One Financial Corp. lowered its earnings outlook and raised its loan loss reserves, with increasing clarity that the credit crisis sparked by careless home lending has spread to the consumer sector. As delinquencies on subprime mortgages surged this year, there were initially few signs that similar problems were leaking into the credit-card industry. However, that changed in recent weeks as evidence, like Thursday's news from Capital One, shows that consumers loaded up on credit-card debt to make up for a loss in the purchasing power they once wielded by refinancing mortgages during the real-estate boom.

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