Buffett Gives Bank Of America $5 Billion Boost

Warren Buffett has given the country's biggest bank a $5 billion vote of confidence. Bank of America's share price had been sliding. But Buffett announced Thursday that his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway is investing $5 billion and will receive 50,000 shares of preferred stock, and now the bank's shares are up about 12 percent. Three years ago, Buffet helped another bank in crisis when he put $5 billion into the Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs.

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NPR's business news starts with a big boost for Bank of America.

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MONTAGNE: Warren Buffett has just given the country's largest bank a $5 billion vote of confidence. Bank of America's share price had been sliding in recent weeks. Investors were worried about its finances and whether it had enough capital to meet global standards.

The CEO said it did, but investors were not reassured until Buffett came to the rescue with his wallet. Three years ago he helped another bank in crisis when he put $5 billion into the Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs.

Today, Buffett announced that his conglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway, is investing $5 billion in Bank of America and will receive 50,000 shares of preferred stock. Bank of America's shares are up about 12 percent.

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