The Treasury Department said Monday its estimate of losses on the $85 billion auto bailout fell by 16 percent, or $4 billion, in large part because of a rebound in General Motors Co.

's stock price.

The Obama administration said in a report to Congress that its projected auto losses fell to $20.3 billion, from its prior quarterly estimate of $24.3 billion.

The Treasury in 2009 initially forecast it would lose $44 billion on its bailout of General Motors Co., Chrysler Group LLC and their finance arms. That forecast fell to $30 billion by the end of 2009 and fell as low as $14.3 billion in 2011.

In December, the Treasury sold 200 million shares of its 500-million share stake in GM for $5.5 billion, reducing its holdings in the Detroit automaker to 19 percent. But the sale was far below the breakeven price and the Treasury now needs to average about $70 a share on its remaining stake to break even.

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Treasury Revises Bailout Losses Downwards To Only $20 Billion

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