Warren Buffett says you should judge a banker by how they bank, not by their speeches or PR: "It's what they do and what they don't do. And what Wells (Fargo) didn't do is what defines their greatness." Buffett tells Fortune's Adam Lashinsky that Wells didn't do "dumb things" just because all the other banks were doing them.
On the heels of better than expected earnings from Citi and BB&T most banks are trading on the upside today. Following upside surprises from JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Wells Fargo, bank stocks are again posting gains for the week.
Warren Buffett's bullish comments on banks, especially Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp, during this morning' Squawk Box on CNBC helped boost the financial stocks in Berkshire Hathaway's portfolio.
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Instead of asking what Warren Buffett has been buying, we should have been wondering what he's been selling. Berkshire Hathaway's stock portfolio snapshot for the end of the fourth quarter reveals its holdings in Johnson and Johnson have been slashed by more than half.
CNBC has obtained a letter signed by six house Representatives from New York State sent to Timothy Geithner, asking the Treasury Secretary to disregard the call for Citigroup to break its 20-year, $400 million investment for the naming rights to the New York Mets stadium.
SunTrust, KeyCorp, Fifth Third, Comerica report substantial losses on writedowns or setting aside cash to cover loan losses.
Nearly two years ago, on a Tuesday in February 2007, a Wall Street salesman pitched an investment that sounded almost magical. It was called Gemstone VII. A shiny amalgam of financial instruments, it promised attractive returns — with virtually no risk.
For the week: Dow down 3.7 percent, S&P 500 down 4.5 percent, NASDAQ down 2.7 percent. The good news was that, on an options expiration day, most major sectors were to the upside.
We have not seen a day with poor internals like this in several weeks. 10-1 declining to advancing stocks, and much more volume is going to stocks on the downside than on the upside.
The Bank Index is sitting right at its November closing low, and many big names — Bank of America, M&T Bank, US Bancorp and others--are already at multiyear lows.
Two specific sectors are showing weakness today (financials and materials) but for the same reason: earnings concerns.
Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway sharply increased its stake in ConocoPhillips this spring and summer, accumulating a total of 84 million shares as of the end of the third quarter on September 30, according to Berkshire's just-released quarterly portfolio filing with the SEC.
As stocks slid following renewed worries about Lehman Brothers on Tuesday, CNBC asked the experts where to put your money now.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has added a new stake in NRG Energy, according to a just-released portfolio 'snapshot' of its holdings in U.S. publicly-traded stocks as of June 30. A sharply reduced stake in Anheuser-Busch may have been a bet that InBev's initially unsolicited offer for the U.S. brewer would prove to be unsuccessful. Conoco-Phillips data is kept "confidential."
Forget about being dependent on high oil. This sector's striking out on its own.
Investors interested in buying and selling U.S. bank stocks based on the performance of the underlying businesses might well have gone on holiday this week -- and might stay there next week.
Big news out of Texas could be a boon to this sector.
U.S. Bancorp posted a larger-than-expected 18 percent decline in quarterly profit due to mounting housing-related credit losses, and said that tough economic conditions will cause more loans to go bad.