How Financial Stocks Could Be the Market’s Bright Spot

Here’s a scary fact to add to today’s gloomy stock-market headlines: bank stocks might actually be providing a boost to the market, even as it tumbles to new lows. By at least one measure, financial firms are making the bad earnings caused by the economy look a bit rosier. Late last week, Goldman Sachs cut its earnings expectations for the stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500