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Unintended consequences are in part to blame for volatile markets. To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, it's not the known unknowns that worry traders, it's the unknown unknowns.
You can't even blame the grim U.S. durable goods number on a statistical fluke. This was the most high profile data point this week, and greatly complicates the taper talk.
Brian Stutland of Stutland Volatility Group, looks at how the Nasdaq freeze will impact shares of the operator of the exchange.
The "Street Signs" crew is joined by the "Fast Money" traders to discuss the halt of Nasdaq trading. David Weild, former vice chair of Nasdaq OMX; and CNBC's Kate Kelly weigh in. Nasdaq will not be canceling open orders already in the book.
Global manufacturing indexes are up, yet retail results are wetting the bed...again.
A "technical glitch" could cost the big bank millions of dollars, reports CNBC's Mary Thompson. And Richard Repetto, Sandler O'Neill, provides perspective on the trading error.
Lowe's profit blew past Wall Street expectations, but valuations are looking somewhat stretched. Is this the top for home improvement?
There is more carnage in emerging markets that's triggering a flight to quality and driving down U.S. Treasury yields.
U.S. data is whipsawing Treasury yields. Yet the real story may be retail, where two giants guided lower for the rest of the year.
Europe is emerging from its economic freeze; retail giant Macy's is another story.
Consumer sales for July, when taking into account the June revisions, were basically in-line, but were still at their highest levels this year. That's certainly good enough to keep the Fed taper talk alive for the September meeting.
Strong data supports the idea that a taper of bond purchases by the Fed is more likely than not. Those who believe that the Fed will wait are now a minority.
China may be turning around for the better, but judging from some markets you might not know that.
Data from Europe and China are looking up. These figures support the thesis that the U.S. recovery is a help to China, and is even trickling down to Europe.
Markets are down for a third day in a row, You can blame it on worries that the Federal Reserve will taper, but the fact is the market looks tired.
May trade balance figures showed the deficit narrowed considerably, which is a big positive for gross domestic product (GDP).
August is traditionally unkind to markets, but trends suggest that this time might actually be different.
Bulls were eager for a strong nonfarm payroll report to argue that the economy had reached "escape velocity." That's not happening, so where does that leave the market?
Markets may be throwing in the towel on the idea of a stock pullback. At least that's what it looks like. Between July 23rd and July 25th, the Dow only dropped 1.3 percent.