MVC View Color Negative Number Red?

I have a MVC View and html table containing some negative numbers, formatted with leading ( and trailing ) respectfully.


Q. Anyway to place a minus instead fo brackets?
Q. Is Jquery the best way to go?
Q. How do I get the neg nums red?

I have found this JQuery snippet which doesn't work
<td><span id="diff">@group.Diff.ToString("c")</span></td>

<script type="text/javascript">
    $("span:contains('(')").css("red", "#diff");

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$("span:contains('(')").css("color", "red");

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As for the brackets - it would be easier to do this at runtime.  Why/how are you getting the brackets to start with?
This is the whole thing done with jquery
$("span:contains('(')").css("color", "red");
$("span").each(function() {

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