CHICAGO, Sept 2- Illinois is eyeing a return to the U.S. municipal bond market this year after an absence of more than 15 months, even as the state struggles to address its many fiscal problems. Illinois last sold bonds in May 2014 with a $750 million general obligation bond issue. "If you throw out Puerto Rico, Illinois is by far the worst state in the nation," said Nick...» Read More
Treasury prices threw off early weakness and advanced Friday after a rumor that another hedge fund is in financial trouble circulated through trading rooms.
Treasury prices declined Thursday as the stock market extended a lively rebound into a second session.
Stocks closed higher for the second straight day on positive signs for the economy and strong earnings report.
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Treasurys gave back much of a vigorous rally in late trading Wednesday when a sagging stock market suddenly regained strength and stopped the flow of money into bonds.
U.S. Treasurys surged on Tuesday after an emergency interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve met with limited success in staunching a sell-off in stocks and helped extend a safe-haven bid for government debt.
U.S. Treasuries shot up on Tuesday, pushing the benchmark 10-year yield to a 4-1/2-year low after a dramatic sell-off in stock markets around the world carried over into Asia on escalating fears that the U.S. economy is heading for a recession.
Short-dated U.S. government bonds rose Friday as stocks turned negative on investor fears a White House stimulus package might not keep the economy from sliding into recession.
Treasury debt prices eased on Wednesday as investors cashed in on a string of gains while stocks tried to find a footing after posting severe losses earlier in the week.
Hard-hit bond insurer Ambac Financial Wednesday slashed its quarterly dividend, announced plans to raise $1 billion of new capital and named an interim chief executive as it scrambles to maintain a triple-A credit rating.
Treasurys rallied on Tuesday as a drop in Christmas sales and Citigroup's first ever quarterly loss sent stocks sharply lower, rekindling investors' penchant for safety.
Treasury debt prices rose slightly Monday as a rebound on Wall Street was offset by expectations of aggressive interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve and forecasts of a possible recession.
Treasurys rose Friday with yields falling to their lowest levels since 2004, prompted by renewed fears of a recession and growing certainty of a hefty interest rate cut this month from the Federal Reserve.
After ending 2007 with a gain of almost 29%, their best year since 1998, shares of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway have been showing some weakness in the New Year. Today's "Ahead of the Tape" column in The Wall Street Journal has an idea about what's pulling down BRK.
Short-dated Treasury debt prices rose Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's remarks solidified expectations the Fed would aggressively pare interest rates to forestall a recession.
The country's top insurance regulator tells Cramer his plan to get the business back on track - and why he reached out to Berkshire Hathaway.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.
Warren Buffett's brand-new municipal bond insurer, Berkshire Hathaway Assurance Corporation, has sold its first coverage, backing a $10 million bond issued by New York City yesterday. Ajit Jain, who runs Berkshire's insurance businesses, tells the New York Times, "We're tip-toeing into the market, doing very small deals. We want to see if we can get the pricing that we find acceptable to us. Once we find this is real, we'll put in a lot more capital." He also describes how a call from a New York regulator played a key role.
The man who oversees the insurance operations for Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway tells CNBC that Berkshire is talking with troubled bond insurers like MBIA and Ambac about a possible partnership or purchase, although it doesn't sound like anything major is imminent. Ajit Jain's comment came in response to a question from Erin Burnett in a live interview on CNBC's Street Signs about why Berkshire chose to "build" its own bond insurer rather than buy an existing company like Ambac or MBIA.
Treasurys were mixed Wednesday but off earlier lows, buffeted by a stock market struggling to rebound from its worst new year start in history on persistent recession worries.
Treasurys were weaker Tuesday but off their lows as traders skipped back and forth between stocks and bonds on worries about a recession induced by the prolonged deterioration in the housing market.