LONDON, April 16- When U.S. firm ConocoPhillips spun off its refining assets in 2011 to focus on more profitable oil production, it seemed only a matter of time before one of the oil majors followed suit. Europe's oil refining guru, Marcel van Poecke, believes the move will be repeated one day. They say:' We can buy BP for upstream and Valero for downstream.» Read More
Stocks rose and the Dow moved closer to 13,000 after IBM announced a $15 billion stock buyback plan, as investors shrugged off disappointing data from the housing industry."With the liquidity out there and risk appetites increasing for investors ... you probably have to give upside the benefit of the doubt here," said Jeff Saut, chief investment strategist at Raymond James.
Crude oil futures fell more than a dollar as traders took profits ahead of fresh oil inventory data due Wednesday and following Monday's sharp price rise on worries about supply disruptions in the wake of Nigeria's disputed presidential election.
BP, Europe's second-largest oil company, reported a 17% drop in first-quarter earnings due to lower oil prices and declining production.
U.S. crude jumped as much as $1.84 to $65.95 a barrel after Nigeria's elections drew condemnation from monitors and investors waited for fresh word on oil supplies from the world's eighth biggest exporter. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Nigeria's largest northern city. Brent crude was also up sharply.
Stocks closed lower as cautious comments from GM and Pfizer snapped the Dow's seven-day winning streak. "We've seen a really good move in the market and a little consolidation is healthy," said Bill Nichols, managing director of equity trading for Bear Stearns. "After being higher so much, a little profit-taking is only natural."
Here's a re-cap of today, from the leaderboard, most active and widely held stocks as well as the trivia questions. We already mentioned we have a winner for week #7--Vitaliy Khazid. Here are the trivia questions: The video is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: Amazon.com is launching a new support center in which European country? Your answers are: Italy or France or Ireland or The United Kingdom. And the news question is worth $1,000 Bonus Bucks: Barclays announced it will acquire ABN Amro in a deal worth how much?
It wouldn’t be a Friday on Mad Money if you didn’t get a strategy from Cramer on how to play the market next week. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
Stuart Schweitzer, global markets strategist at JP Morgan Asset & Wealth Management, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that jobs –- not high prices at the gas pump –- could become the major markets-shaping issue in the next few months.
Edward Yardeni, president Yardeni Research, told CNBC’s “Morning Call” that sound fundamentals and an international economic boom will drive the market higher.
Here's our contest stock breakdown. Hubb Group was a great performer, putting our new #2, Shi Nisman in a very good position on the leaderboard. (up from 7th place). The widely helds and most actives remain pretty much the same. However, TOA, one of the widely helds, turned up on the best performing list. News of an increase in home construction helped make the difference for this stock--and for contest stock holders.
The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States rose more than 8 cents over the past two weeks, an analyst said Sunday, but price declines at wholesale and in some Midwestern cities may herald an easing of pain at the pump for drivers this summer.
Stocks closed the week at multi-year highs and the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the week within striking distance of the unprecedented level of 13,000. The Dow ended up more than 2% for the week, outperforming gains of more than 1% for the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq.
After stocks hit record levels this week, many analysts believe the market is nearing a top, setting the stage for another pullback. "Technically, we're over-bought, and it looks like the market is due for some sort of correction," said Sean Clark, chief investment officer for Clark Capital Management. and it looks like the market is due for some sort of correction," said Sean Clark, chief investment officer for Clark Capital Management.
Stocks closed with broad gains on Friday and the major markets finished at record levels following a week filled with positive earnings surprises. "A lot of people thought this was supposed to be the quarter where earnings growth slowed down but most reports have been impressive," said Rick Pendergraft, chief investment analyst at Investor's Daily Edge.
U.S. crude oil futures ended sharply higher, pushed up at the expiration of the front-month May contract and ahead of Nigeria's presidential election Saturday that has oil markets worried about post-election turmoil disrupting supply.
Investment in alternative energy is surging and it’s not simply the result of the politically correct investing crowd. Venture capitalists are taking an active interest in the sector.
Robert Pavlik, chief investment officer for Oaktree Asset Management, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that he wouldn’t put new money into the market.“I believe this market wave is going to crest soon,” Pavlik said. “I think the market has been driven largely by the earnings reports of some of the largest S&P 500 names that have been able to beat their lowered expectations – lowered being the key word.”
A new study says that ethanol may do more harm than good. On “Morning Call,” the study’s author, Mark Jacobson, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, joined Brooke Coleman, director of the Renewable Energy Action Project, to debate whether ethanol could be more harmful to your health and to the planet than gasoline.
Schlumberger said Friday its first-quarter earnings and revenue climbed from the same quarter last year, as international exploration boosted demand for its products and earnings at its seismic unit rose.
Stocks closed mixed but the Dow Jones Industrial Average inched up to another record as investors awaited key quarterly reports after the bell. "You still have some pretty important earnings coming out that are going to set the tone," said Adam Tracy, director of listed trading at Thomas Weisel Partners.
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