A CNBC reporter since 1990, Bob Pisani has reported on Wall Street and the stock market from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for more than a decade. Pisani covered the real estate market for CNBC from 1990-1995, then moved on to cover corporate management issues before moving to the New York Stock Exchange in 1997.
He was nominated twice for a "CableACE Award"—in 1993 and 1995.
In 2013, he won Third Place in the National Headliner Awards in the Business and Consumer Reporting category for his documentary on the diamond business, "The Diamond Rush."
In 2014, Bob was honored with a Recognition Award from the Market Technicians Association for "steadfast efforts to integrate technical analysis into financial decision making, journalism and reporting."
Prior to joining CNBC, Pisani co-authored "Investing in Land: How to Be a Successful Developer." He and his father taught a course in real estate development at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania from 1987-1992. Pisani learned the real estate business from his father, Ralph Pisani, a retired real estate developer.
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S&P futures moved up about 4 points as February retail sales were much stronger than expected, up 0.3 percent vs. consensus of a drop of 0.2 percent; ex-autos up 0.9 percent, also way better than decline of 0.2 percent expected. These are impressive numbers, especially given the snowstorms.
S&P 500 closes at 1150.24, a 52-week high. One of the last technical hurdles was breached at the close today, as the S&P 500 closed at its highest level since October 1, 2008. The big cap index has now joined the Nasdaq, Russell 2000 and S&P Midcap, all at new highs. How strong has this slow melt-up been?
Financial reform is in trouble. The Democrats going their own way on financial reform makes the whole effort more problematic. The death of financial reform would be a short term positive for bank stocks (market views lack of change as good, no matter what is passed it will hurt earnings) but in the long run a negative, as these businesses need a more comprehensive regulatory structure. Why..?
This has been another big week for bond issuance...on the heels of the successful Citigroup sale of trust preferreds (a hybrid instrument), Bank of America, GMAC, Novartis Capital, DirecTV, MGM Mirage and Royal Bank of Scotland have all sold bonds this week. Prices have dramatically improved: MGM, for instance, sold $845 million in notes Tuesday night at a yield of only 9 percent.
Citigroup did (finally!) announce the terms of its trust preferred offering: $2 billion (80 million shares), par $25, at a yield of 8.5 percent. The surprise here is the yield: 8.5 percent, less than the 8.875 percent that traders had been told last night. Demand was much stronger than expected, resulting in a lower yield than initially telegraphed.
China reported better than expected February export data, up 45.7 percent (!) from a year ago. Banks continue to raise capital. Still waiting for Citigroup to announce details of their trust preferred offering. And Northeast regional bank Susquehanna Bancshares announced a pricing of common and trust preferred securities.
Select financials moved midday: Citi up 7 percent, Fannie Mae up 13 percent, Freddie Mac up 16 percent, AIG up 16 percent. The one thing they all have in common: big government ownership of their shares. I have heard vague rumors that the government may attempt to restrict short selling in names that they own. This makes little sense, since the government has already had a poor experience with restricting short sales in financials....
Pimco's new chief investment officer may be starting to show signs of modest success, but it is a long road back.
Disney shares are trading at an all-time high, up nearly 45 percent over the past 12 months.
Oil has now broken below many Wall Street targets and look set to test the year's lows and beyond, before finding a bottom.