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.
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U.S. Treasuries eased on Monday, giving back some recent gains in the wake of their strongest weekly rally in more than two months.
Treasury prices rose after a report that employers created far fewer jobs than expected in December stoked recession worries.
U.S. Treasuries rose Friday, sending short-dated yields to three-year lows as grim jobs data prompted investors to increase bets on Federal Reserve interest rate cuts.
U.S. Treasury debt prices fell Thursday as unexpectedly firm data and signs of improvement in recently troubled credit markets dimmed the allure of safe-haven government bonds.
U.S. Treasurys rallied Wednesday as investors raised their bets on the likelihood of recession and interest rate cuts after a survey showed the manufacturing sector contracted in December.
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U.S. government bond prices pared gains Monday after a higher-than-expected reading on November existing home sales.
Treasurys stormed higher Friday, sending yields to one-week lows as surprisingly grim housing data highlighted concerns that the economy was mired in a slump as 2007 drew near its close.
U.S. government bond prices extended gains on Thursday after a weaker-than-expected eading on November durable goods orders and a jump in new jobless claims.
U.S. Treasurys fell Wednesday in choppy, post-Christmas trading with benchmark yields at their highest levels since mid-November, prompted by a recovery in stocks and a poor two-year note auction.
Treasurys slid in a shortened, pre-holiday session, as easier credit conditions and news that Merrill Lynch had raised billions of dollars in a private placement pushed stocks up, drawing investors away from safe-haven U.S. government debt.
U.S. Treasuries rose on Wednesday after Standard & Poor's offered a grim assessment of bond insurers, reviving the credit concerns that have kept government bonds well bid for several months.
The difference between short- and long-term U.S. Treasury yields narrowed Tuesday as central bank efforts to alleviate liquidity shortages removed some of the impetus to buy safe-haven short-term debt.
U.S. Treasury debt prices rose Monday as weak economic data and slumping stock markets boosted demand for safe-haven government bonds.
U.S. Treasurys surged Tuesday, fueled largely by a sell off in stocks after the Federal Reserve cut benchmark lending rates by a quarter percentage point, disappointing equity investors who had hoped for a larger move.
U.S. Treasury debt prices eased Monday after a surprise increase in pending home sales and news that a troubled bond insurer raised new capital removed some of the recent flight-to-safety bid.