A CNBC reporter since 1990, Bob Pisani has covered Wall Street and the stock market for nearly 20 years. Pisani covered the real estate market for CNBC from 1990-1995, then moved on to cover corporate management issues before becoming Stocks Correspondent in 1997.
In addition to covering the global stock market, he also covers initial public offerings (IPOs), exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and financial market structure for CNBC.
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, Pisani 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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The euro is having another lousy day, breaking right through $1.30 on the euro-dollar, now approaching the lows for the year that we last saw in January. The immediate cause was Italy's five year bond auction, which cost them a record 6.47 percent. They paid 6.3 percent in November.
The statement out of Europe says the leaders will be working toward "a new fiscal compact and strengthened economic policy coordination," but the failure of the U.K. to sign on means that any treaty will likely be outside the EU. It will essentially be a multilateral agreement. It's not clear whether the institutions set up to service the EU — or the euro zone — will be able to service this new agreement.
The markets midday drop: the fading of hope. After the ECB's Mario Draghi squelched talk of an expanded bond buying program, traders have now turned their attention to the EU Summit meeting. Here's the problem: many feel they know what is going to happen, and it still doesn't go far enough.
Draghi's ECB moves markets up, then down. S&P futures initially moved up, then down, as ECB head Mario Draghi said he was "surprised" by the reaction to his now-famous comment that "other elements might follow" if there was a new fiscal treaty. He said this was not necessarily a signal that he would be initiating more bond purchases.
Traders scratching their heads over the late day story from the Nikkei news agency asserting that the Group of 20 nations is considering putting together a $600 billion lending facility at the IMF for the euro zone — a story denied by the IMF, according to our Steve Liesman.
There are early reports that the ECB may loosen collateral requirements for loans. Remember, the ECB provides loans to sovereign countries. They give out money and take collateral (sovereign bonds) in return. But there has been continuing pressure on the credit of sovereign countries.
The rise of "thematic investing" makes it perfectly feasible that someone might float a "Trump ETF."
4Q earnings have generally been above expectations. But 2016 wasn't exactly a banner year for earnings.
Bank of America, PNC and JPMorgan all beat on the bottom line, while Wells Fargo at 96 cents was a bit shy of the $1 consensus.
For Wall Street, the period between Trump's election victory and his inauguration have been a picture of serenity.
The stock was also downgraded today by Nomura's Instinet to neutral from buy.
Deals that leak tend to generate higher premiums than their counterparts, and leaks also tend to encourage more bids.