In answers to questions about the deal in the days following its announcement, Lewis defended the price BofA agreed to by saying the firm viewed Merrill as a world class asset that competitors might try to swoop in and buy and so BofA needed to pay a sufficient price to lock it up.
European credit spreads edged wider and gilts and bunds prices tumbled Thursday, after the US Treasury's 'sloppy' auction which reinforced investors' expectations that the Federal Reserve will have to raise rates sooner rather than later.
Stocks dropped as soon as the results of the 10-year auction were announced. The yield of 3.99 percent was at the high end of expectations.
The recent speculation that the Federal Reserve may be forced to raise rates sooner because of a faster-than-expected improvement in the economic outlook is baseless, and the dollar can only go down, Steven Nigg, CEO of SWISS E TRADE, told CNBC Wednesday.
The Obama administration's attempts to fight the financial crisis with more cash is like treating a bad tooth with Novocain instead of a root canal, Nassim Taleb, author of "The Black Swan," told CNBC Wednesday.
Stocks ended mixed in choppy trading Tuesday after 10 banks were approved to repay TARP loans. But tech stocks gained after Texas Instruments raised its earnings and revenue targets for the second quarter.
Yesterday, in a speech to the American Bankers Association, the Comptroller of the Currency, John Dugan, suggested that the next area of concern in the mortgage market may be “reverse mortgages."
Stocks turned mixed Tuesday after the banks approved to repay TARP loans were named. But tech stocks held onto their gains after Texas Instruments raised its earnings and revenue targets for the second quarter.
As expected, 10 banks are being permitted to repay their TARP money, a combined $68 billion. Oddly, they didn't name the banks, but it's JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, US Bancorp, American Express, Capital One, BB&T, Bank of New York, State Street and Northern Trust.
The Treasury will hold three auctions this week totaling about $65 billion. Tuesday will be a $35 billion offering of three year paper. Wednesday has a $19 billion 10 year deal followed by Thursday's $11 billion 30-year offering. I am concerned with the 10 and 30 year auction and who shows up and in what force.
Stocks opened higher Tuesday, with bank stocks rising as some of the nation's largest institutions poised to repay government bailout money.
The Treasury will hold its latest auction for 3-Yr notes this morning, 10-Yr notes tomorrow and the long bond on Thursday. Traders are watching to see whether demand will continue to fall in anticipation of Fed tightening in the months ahead.
Futures showed a relatively flat open for Wall Street on Tuesday as the dollar's rally, fueled by last week’s better than expected jobs report, fizzled out and some investors went back into stocks.
Stocks ended flat Monday as a late rally fizzled after the Supreme Court issued a stay, temporarily halting the sale of Chrysler to Fiat.
For most Americans, the tick up in the rate on the 30-year-fixed from just under 5 percent to around 5.5 to 5.75 percent doesn’t mean much, other than yet another bump on the road to potentially buying a home.
Stocks opened lower Monday as the dollar and U.S. Treasury yields soared on the back of last week's cheerier jobs data, which prompted speculation that the Fed may raise rates at its next meaeting.
As the president’s advisers have struggled with the economic crisis, Lawrence H. Summers is often at the center of heated debates.
Stocks opened lower Monday as the dollar and U.S. Treasury yields soared on the back of last week's cheerier jobs data, which prompted speculation that the Fed may raise rates at its next meeting.
Futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street Monday as the dollar and U.S. Treasury yields soared on the back of last week's cheerier jobs data, which prompted speculation that the Federal Reserve may raise rates at its next meeting.
Investors are reeling from the latest investment bubble to burst — long-term Treasury bonds. With mutual fund managers and investors absorbing losses of more than 15% on supposedly safe assets, this highlights the perils in fear-based investing.