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Wall Street Roundup: Blankfein up close. The Obama debate.

July 26, 2011 |  7:46 am

Bear - national geo Gold: Trading now at $1,614 per ounce, down 0.1% from Monday. Dow Jones industrial average: Trading now at 12515.03, down 0.6% from Monday.

Building anxiety. Fears of debt crises around the world are driving stocks down again.

Clearance sale. The U.S. government may be moving ever closer to defaulting on its bonds, but that isn't stopping it from issuing a few new bonds while it still can.

Blankfein up close. New York magazine gives Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfien the full treatment.

Soros hangs it up. Famed hedge fund manager George Soros announced that he will give clients back their money and focus on investing for his family.

The Obama debate. Ron Klain tries to adjudicate between the competing claims that President Obama is Wall Street's biggest enemy and its best friend.

-- Nathaniel Popper

Credit: National Geographic