A number of banks that are being investigated in therate-manipulation probe are considering trying to reach a groupsettlement with regulators, according to Reuters. Barclays cameunder harsh criticism after it admitted to manipulating Libor, andthe banks see a group settlement as a way to mitigate abacklash.

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It's not clear that regulators would agree to a groupsettlement, but the story notes the $25 billion settlement thatfive banks reached with the Justice Department and state regulatorsearlier this year on mortgage practices.

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