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  • US 30-year mortgage rates slip to 3.97 percent Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates ticked down for the third straight week, a positive trend for potential homebuyers. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30- year mortgage declined to 3.97 percent this week from 3.99 percent last week. Rates have fallen in recent weeks amid economic slowdowns in Europe and China and...

  • BOSTON, Nov 26- Hedge fund mogul William Ackman told investors they could see a $6 billion payday when he closes the chapter on Allergan Inc., his firm's biggest bet of 2014.. One week after Allergan agreed to sell itself to rival Actavis Plc., Ackman wrote in his quarterly investment letter that his Pershing Square Capital Management, the Botox-maker's biggest...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 25- Americans who lost their homes to foreclosure will be able to buy them back at current market value if the properties are owned by housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the regulator of the two firms said on Tuesday. The FHFA said the new rule applies to about 121,000 properties currently owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    BERLIN— Germany's Ifo institute releases its monthly business confidence index, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases third-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m.; Standard& Poor's releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for September and the third quarter, 9 a.m.; The Conference Board releases...

  • US 30-year mortgage rates drop to 3.99 percent Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates continued to tick down this week, remaining close to yearlong lows. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30- year mortgage slipped to 3.99 percent from 4.01 percent last week. They plunged in recent weeks amid economic slowdowns in Europe and China and the start of a recession in Japan.

  • Govt agency yet to act on controversial insurance Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Federal Housing Finance Agency has yet to deliver on changes to a controversial type of homeowner's insurance even as its director told the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday that it's making progress. The Federal Housing Finance Agency oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-backed mortgage giants that guarantee most...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 19- The top U.S. housing finance regulator said on Wednesday his agency would unveil a new framework in early 2015 for how government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will set mortgage guarantee fees. Watt also said Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which guarantee most of the nation's mortgages, will release in early December details of the extra...

  • Nov 6- Government-controlled mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said on Thursday they will pay U.S. taxpayers $6.8 billion after reporting a third-quarter profits that modestly rose from the second quarter. Fannie Mae, the bigger of the two and the nation's largest source of mortgage funds, earned a net income of $3.9 billion in the third quarter,...

  • Nov 6- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said on Thursday that they would pay dividends totaling $6.8 billion to the U.S. Treasury next month, pushing taxpayers further into the black on their bailout of the mortgage financiers. After the payments, the companies will have sent a combined $225.5 billion in dividends to the Treasury in return for the $187.5 billion in...

  • Nov 6- Government-controlled mortgage finance firm Fannie Mae said on Thursday it will pay U.S. taxpayers $4.0 billion after reporting a quarterly profit that modestly rose from the second quarter. Fannie Mae does not lend money directly, nor does rival financing firm Freddie Mac. Fannie Mae's dividend to the U.S.

  • William Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management, which has not yet finalized monthly numbers, was off 0.60 percent for the month through Oct. 28, leaving it up 30.9 percent for the year, an investor in the private fund said. "As a group hedge funds performed very poorly in October," said Adam Blitz, chief investment officer at Evanston Capital which invests...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. mortgage applications to buy homes fell to their lowest level last week since February as interest rates on 30- year home loans edged up from the previous week's 16- month trough, an industry group said on Wednesday. The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted index of loan requests for home purchases, a leading indicator...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- Fannie Mae has reached a $170 million settlement of a lawsuit accusing it of misleading shareholders about its finances, risk management and mortgage exposure before it was seized by the U.S. government during the 2008 financial crisis. Fannie Mae and the smaller Freddie Mac were seized by the federal government on Sept. 7, 2008 and put into a...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 22- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley that accused mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of violating a state law meant to prevent financially troubled residents of the state from losing their homes. Filed in June, the lawsuit said Fannie and Freddie blocked a state...

  • *GE, Honeywell climb after quarterly results. NEW YORK, Oct 17- U.S. stocks extended their rebound from this month's bruising selloff on Friday, giving the S&P 500 its best day in over a week, as worries about the U.S. earnings outlook eased, but the S&P 500 still posted its fourth straight week of declines. Honeywell shares gained 4.3 percent to $90.06 after results.

  • *GE, Honeywell climb after quarterly results. The Russell 2000 index was down 0.1 percent after posting Thursday its longest streak of more than 1 percent gains since July 2012. Honeywell shares gained 5 percent to $90.66 after its quarterly results, to help send the S&P industrials sector up 2.3 percent as the best performing S&P sector.

  • *GE, Honeywell climb after quarterly results. The Russell 2000 index was down 0.3 percent after posting Thursday its longest streak of more than 1 percent gains since July 2012. Honeywell shares gained 4.3 percent to $90.07 after its quarterly results, to help send the S&P industrials sector up 2.3 percent as the best performing S&P sector.

  • Oct 17- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, their regulator and lenders are close to an agreement that could expand mortgage credit while helping lenders protect themselves from charges of making bad loans, the Wall Street Journal reported. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have recouped tens of billions of dollars in penalties from lenders in recent years over claims that...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 14- Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly facing a new foreclosure nightmare: debt collectors are chasing them down for the money they still owe by freezing their bank accounts, garnishing their wages and seizing their assets. The two big...

  • BOSTON, Oct 6- Sahm Adrangi, who runs small hedge fund Kerrisdale Capital, told Wall Street on Monday he believes satellite communications company Globalstar Inc's business is worthless, sending its stock tumbling roughly 25 percent. Renting out the same mid-town Manhattan auditorium where prominent activist investor William Ackman has unveiled some of...