NEW YORK (
ended up the winner among large U.S. financials on Tuesday, with shares rising 4% to close at $33.48.
The broad indexes had another strong day, as investors cheered reports that European officials were considering allowing the European Financial Stability Facility to borrow from the European Central Bank.
Buffett gave no indication of how large a buyback might be, but the announcement is quite a turn of events, since Berkshire has never repurchased shares before.
KBW Bank Index
ended up down slightly on the day to close at 36.83, after being up over 3% earlier in the session.
Bank of New York Mellon
rose 2.5% to close at $19.27.
was also up 2.5% to close at $14.97, as earlier gains faded.
was up 2% to close at $18.70.
Tuesday's sector loser was
Bank of America
, which pulled back from an earlier 4% gain to close at $6.48, down 2% for the session.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency's Office of Inspector General released a report after completing its investigation of the
leading to Bank of America's December 2010 settlement of mortgage putback claims with
, finding that the FHFA's "senior management did not timely address significant concerns raised about the loan review process used by Freddie Mac," which could lead to billions of dollars in additional losses to the government-sponsored mortgage giant, and to U.S. taxpayers.
Written by Philip van Doorn in Jupiter, Fla.
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Philip W. van Doorn is a member of TheStreet's banking and finance team, commenting on industry and regulatory trends. He previously served as the senior analyst for TheStreet.com Ratings, responsible for assigning financial strength ratings to banks and savings and loan institutions. Mr. van Doorn previously served as a loan operations officer at Riverside National Bank in Fort Pierce, Fla., and as a credit analyst at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, where he monitored banks in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Mr. van Doorn has additional experience in the mutual fund and computer software industries. He holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Long Island University.