Kidder Peabody has cost parent General Electric $200 million this spring. Responding to a story in The Wall Street Journal, Kidder confirmed the capital infusion from its GE Capital subsidiary. The purpose: "to replenish the impact of the Joseph Jett trading scheme," says Dennis D. Dammerman, GE's CFO. Kidder, he says, remains a strong franchise. But skeptics abound. Says Michael Flannagan, analyst at Lipper Analytical Securities: "Kidder's franchise is dissipating."

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