*Markets on track for positive week, indexes near records. NEW YORK, Dec 26- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Friday, putting major indexes on track for a second straight weekly advance, though moves were likely to be slight with few market catalysts and many traders still out for the Christmas holiday. Wall Street has rallied of late, with both the...» Read More
Berkshire Hathaway has lost its AAA credit rating from Fitch, but it doesn't look like the change is due to any recent 'mistakes' by Warren Buffett and his holding company. Almost at the top of its news release on the one-notch downgrade and negative outlook, Fitch says the move is part of a "broader review of insurance and financial services company ratings" due to the "current stressful economic environment."
Warren Buffett says it's more likely Berkshire Hathaway will make a domestic acquisition before it buys a foreign company, because there are more opportunities opening up in the U.S. and fewer competing buyers bidding up prices. Buffett tells Bloomberg Television, "The way things are going, there's a lot of things that may be happening in the United States."
Warren Buffett fans, clear your calendars. Berkshire Hathaway confirms to me that Buffett's eagerly-awaited annual letter to shareholders will be released this coming Saturday, February 28.
Even before they have settled into their new jobs, President Obama’s economic team faces an acute crisis in the nation’s banking system that has no easy answers and that they are not yet prepared to address, the New York Times reported.
Warren Buffett tells Bloomberg today that more information about Berkshire Hathaway's derivative positions will be included in the company's annual report early next year. In an email sent by his assistant, Buffett says investors will be told about "all aspects of valuation" for the contracts. In addition, the report will discuss "deficiencies in the formula" for pricing the derivatives, "which we nevertheless use."
Barron's predicted last December that Berkshire Hathaway shares would take a tumble. They did. Now the magazine says Wall Street's worries about Warren Buffett's big derivatives contracts appear "overblown" and the stock is ready to rebound.
Berkshire Hathaway's third quarter operating earnings fell 19.3 percent to $1,335 a share from $1,655 a share in the same period the year before. That's below the average forecast of $1429 from the two analysts following the stock, as tracked by Thomson One Analytics.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is expected to report a decline in quarterly operating earnings for the third quarter, its fifth consecutive year-over-year quarterly drop. Berkshire's results will be released after tomorrow's (Friday) stock market close.
NYSE Euronext, the trans-Atlantic stock exchange operator, said third-quarter profit fell by 33 percent due merger costs, severance payments and a decline in European derivatives trading.
Warren Buffett has gotten greedy too quickly while everyone else takes too long to become fearful, suggests today's Wall Street Journal. Peter Eavis writes that while Buffett has won "plaudits for some canny deals," there's also a dangerous pattern. "Mr. Buffett looks to be committing his capital too early. On some bets, waiting might have gotten him better terms or more attractive entry prices." According to Eavis, "Time for the Oracle to get a new crystal ball."
The future of financial regulation: An open letter to the next Treasury secretary, from the New York Times
Until last month, the Resolution Trust Corporation held a quiet place in American financial history. Less known is its role in pioneering and popularizing commercial mortgage backed securities.
The $62 trillion credit default swaps markets and other off-exchange financial instruments are not managed as well as they should be, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday.
As the old Chicago Merc closes its doors to make way for a new floor, CME Chairman Terry Duffy explains why Chi-Town is the trading capital of the world.
The Wall Street Journal points out this morning that Warren Buffett has been increasingly selling derivatives, which he described a few years ago as "financial weapons of mass destruction."
CBOT Holdings, the parent of the Chicago Board of Trade, will merge its trading platforms with those of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the first quarter of next year in an attempt to cut costs, CBOT Chairman Charles Carey told CNBC Tuesday.
Business has continued to boom at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. The exchange said after the market closed Monday that average daily volume during the month of June was up 24% to 3.5 million contracts, compared with 2.9 million contracts during June 2006. Average daily volume jumped 20% during the second quarter.
Real estate financing is in the very early stages of a growth cycle and is one of the areas Barclays Capital is focusing on, says chief executive Bob Diamond. Speaking at the WEF meeting, Diamond also told CNBC that growth in the derivatives market is crucial to those in the risk-management business. (More)