Merrill Lynch Workers Applaud, Say Goodbye

New York City investment bank Merrill Lynch has seen its last day.

As of Thursday the company will be part of the Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America Corp.

At the closing bell on New Year's Eve on the fifth floor of the World Financial Center in Manhattan, Merrill Lynch & Co.'s employees held what's known as a clapoff: Hundreds of them stood and applauded solemnly to pay tribute to their company.

Merrill Lynch lost billions of dollars in the subprime mortgage crisis.

Some employees say Wednesday's clapoff was to mark the end of the company and the end of a very bad year.

The clapoff is a tradition that was used when people left the firm or retired.