Now That That Bob Diamond Character Is Out Of There, Barclays Is A Real Buy, Says Bob Diamond

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Bob Diamond, who was ousted last year as the boss of British bank Barclays Plc, said it has grown stronger since he left and he plans to buy shares in its 6 billion-pound ($9.6 billion) rights issue. "I'm buying my rights, I'm bullish on Barclays ... Barclays has become a better and stronger institution," Diamond said on CNBC television on Friday. "It's got good strong new leadership in (Chief Executive) Antony Jenkins and (Chairman) Sir David Walker." [Reuters]

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