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  • Rating Agencies Hold Off Downgrading MBIA, Ambac Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 11:13 AM ET
    MBIA

    Major rating agencies are holding off downgrading bond insurers MBIA and Ambac Financial Group while they attempt to work out a bailout plan, bankers working on the bailout told CNBC.

  • Troubled Bond Insurers Facing More Downgrades Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 11:11 AM ET
    MBIA

    Bond insurers, whose foray into the subprime debt market has led to billions of dollars in losses, are facing more downgrades of their prized Triple A rating.

  • Beware of the Dividend Dupe Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 7:42 PM ET

    A dividend increase isn’t always a sign of a rosy financial picture. Karen Finerman plots the dividend dupe and how to protect against it.

  • Is Bernanke Out of Bullets? Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 7:29 PM ET

    After stocks decline following a hefty half-point cut, what more can the Fed chief do?

  • Bond Insurers Face Downgrade Despite Call for Delay Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 3:40 PM ET

    Wall Street bond rating agencies are poised to downgrade two big bond insurers, Ambac Financial Group and MBIA, even though New York state insurance regulars would like to get a postponement until the state can develop a bailout package, CNBC has learned.

  • MBIA, Ambac Understate Losses: Short Seller Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 3:33 PM ET

    Hedge Fund manager William Ackman, of Pershing Square Capital, is submitting data to the SEC and insurance regulators in New York State alleging that bond insurers MBIA and Ambac are understating their losses.

  • A group of state insurance regulators says it's working with Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway on a single "streamlined" application for licenses to sell bond insurance in all 50 states.  But even if Berkshire does get all those licenses, and it probably will, that doesn't necessarily mean Warren Buffett & Co. will be actually writing bond insurance policies in every state right away.

  • NY Suggests that Bond Insurers Be Spared Downgrades Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 4:29 AM ET

    Officials with the New York State Insurance Department have reached out to Wall Street bond rating agencies to suggest that they postpone a downgrade of bond insurers until the state can develop a bailout package for the troubled sector, CNBC has learned.

  • NY Suggests that Bond Insurers Be Spared Downgrades Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 4:29 AM ET

    Officials with the New York State Insurance Department have reached out to Wall Street bond rating agencies to suggest that they postpone a downgrade of bond insurers until the state can develop a bailout package for the troubled sector, CNBC has learned.

  • Prudential's Sales Rise 16%, Beat Forecasts Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 3:16 AM ET

    British life insurer Prudential reported a 16 percent rise in 2007 sales on Tuesday, just above analysts' forecasts, helped by a deal with Equitable Life in the fourth quarter and continuing strength in Asia.

  • FDA Speaks on Merck & Schering's Vytorin Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 6:59 PM ET

    I listened in to the hour-long Food and Drug Administration conference call with reporters regarding Vytorin, and I wanted to pass along a few highlights...

  • Stocks Close Higher For Second Day in Row Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 2:50 PM ET

    Stocks closed higher for the second straight day on positive signs for the economy and strong earnings report.

  • Allianz Hits 2007 Goal Despite Subprime Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 9:14 AM ET

    Europe's largest insurer Allianz dispelled investor worries of big subprime write-downson Friday by revealing it had hit its 2007 profit targets despite the credit turmoil in the fourth quarter.

  • Warren Buffett Takes a Piece of Swiss Re's Future Action Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 3:54 PM ET

    Berkshire Hathaway is getting a big piece of Swiss Re's insurance action as the world's largest reinsurer hooks up with Warren Buffett in what one analyst calls "an odd coupling."  The deal appears to show Buffett is confident of better times to come for reinsurers.

  • Prudential Jumps on Ping An Stake-Plan Report Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 11:34 AM ET

    Shares in British insurer Prudential jumped over 10 percent on Wednesday after Ping An was reported to be close to taking a $13.8 billion stake in it amid mounting talk China's insurers are looking to invest in western peers.

  • Pfizer Doing Its "Best" To Help Dow And Pharma Sector Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 11:27 AM ET

    As I write this at the start of the second hour of regular trading, Pfizer is hangin' on to a small gain. It's the only big pharma stock trading higher this morning and for a moment after the opening bell it was the only Dow component in the green. (Merck and Schering-Plough, still reeling from the Vytorin/Zetia study, are getting pummeled again in the early going--each down more than a buck.)

  • Berkshire Hathaway Buys 3% of Swiss Re Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 2:39 AM ET

    Swiss Re said on Wednesday it would  increase its share buyback programme after it signed a reinsurance contract with Berkshire Hathaway, which also bought 3 percent of its shares.

  • Cramer on Fed: It's a Start Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 12:30 PM ET

    Tuesday's emergency rate cut shows that Bernanke has a pulse, Cramer says, but it won't be enough to stop the bleeding in the financial markets. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • UnitedHealth Profit Rises on Medicaid Revenue Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 6:44 AM ET
    United Health Group

    UnitedHealthsaid on Tuesday that fourth-quarter earnings rose 3 percent, in line with Wall Street's target, helped by improved performance in its Medicaid plans for low-income Americans.

  • Just weeks after closing at an all-time high in mid-December, shares of Warren Buffett's holding company Berkshire Hathaway are falling deeper into 'correction' territory.  Berkshire ended today's trading at $126,400 each.  That's down more than 15 percent from the December 10 record closing high of $149,200. Is Berkshire now a bargain?

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