Europe markets close higher today on better-than-expected Chinese exports data, reports the "Squawk on the Street" news team.» Read More
Moody's slashed Portugal's credit rating by two notches to A1, citing a deterioration of the country's debt ratios and weak growth prospects, the ratings agency said Tuesday.
European officials are under pressure to finish setting up their bailout fund for indebted governments before next week's publication of bank stress test results, which could highlight new financial strains.
Economists at Capital Economics are predicting it is more likely the euro zone will break up than survive.
Second quarter earnings season is likely to create a positive backdrop for stocks, at least temporarily.
Shopping for any excuse to rally, stock traders found it in chain stores' sales, and those reports may provide a clue to the earnings season.
It remains unclear how the assets on European banks’ balance sheets will be marked down under various stresses. So, will there be a need for significant capital at European banks and if the stress tests are deemed worthy, will that allow those banks to raise the necessary capital?
Some traders were encouraged by Wall Street's gains but also cautious that the third up move in a 12-day stretch was the result of an oversold bounce that could quickly evaporate in the next volatile session
The US government has inhibited economic growth by creating uncertainty about business costs, Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher told CNBC. Questions about healthcare expenses, for instance, have kept businesses from hiring new workers, he said.
Upcoming stress tests in Europe are just one more reason not to hold banking stocks at the moment, according to James Chappell, a financial sector strategist at Olivetree Securities.
Europe faces the quandary of being unable to afford to bail out banks that are still considered too big to fail, while the global economy is heading for a slowdown economist Nouriel Roubini told CNBC.
Friday's disappointing June jobs number was the latest in a series of downbeat economic reports that have some economists looking to downgrade their growth forecasts to even more sluggish levels.
If the European banks get credible stress tests and people believe in them, there will be "earning power," H. Rodgin Cohen said, adding, "once there is credibility, you can raise capital."
The flattening of the yield curve has been the worst kind, because it has been a “bull flattening,” which is a flattening that occurs amid a decline in market interest rates on both ends of the yield curve. In contrast, a “bear flattening” occurs amid an increase in market interest rates.
The June jobs report Friday could provide more fuel for bears, even as economists hold onto the view that the economy is not double-dipping.
At least I'm hoping there is no double dip. Data on capital investment and personal income has been encouraging but I think we are in a bearish frame of mind so that gets somewhat ignored. The negative gets emphasized when your mind set is that way.
Markets are looking ahead to Friday's June employment report, and there is little optimism the number will show anything more than a slight gain.
With the two year Treasury bond trading below .6% at one point on Tuesday (a record low) and the 10 year Treasury below 3%...market is screaming the world economy is slowing, slowing, slowing.
Call it window 'undressing.' Stocks took a beating in the second quarter, and the final days are bringing out the worst.
Stocks took a real drubbing today, with the Dow off 268 points and the major indexes basically falling 3 percent. Call it the double-dip trade. But are we really heading for a double-dip recession?
The G-20 is full of nutso coaches. Not to belabor the point, but their manifesto at the end of the conference this past weekend was to promote "growth friendly budget cutting." Right.