Warren Buffett's $5 billion investment in Bank of America Corp. was truly daring. It brought him a strong, instant return, and gave BofA an air of desperately-needed stability.

With a move brimming of certainty and lacking any hesitation, Buffett essentially said, "I believe in this company." He is the only investor alive whose stamp of approval can so directly boost the value of a stock in his own portfolio.

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