CHICAGO, April 21- The Chicago Board of Education paid a stiff penalty for its fiscal woes on Tuesday as investors demanded fat yields for its $295.7 million general obligation bond sale. Municipal bonds carrying the same ratings as the Chicago school system, A-minus by Standard& Poor's and BBB-minus by Fitch Ratings, would normally trade only 85 to 100 basis...» Read More
Stocks are ready to spring higher on the opening as economic data, earnings and some merger news gets investor attention this morning. GM's better-than-expected earnings report is adding a positive tone.
Futures are perking up this morning and are setting stocks up for a firmer opening. Traders are turning their attention to earnings and some percolating merger news, and there's a calm on Wall Street after Friday's late day, mad dash down-hill ride for stocks.
The subprime lending situation will get worse over the next 18 months, but there's no reason for investors in the stock market to panic, Pimco founder Bill Gross told CNBC Friday.
Credit worries and bad news from home builders trumped any positives from the stream of earnings being reported this morning. Wall Street is set up for a steep drop on the opening and the talk in the market focuses on whether the takeover boom is ending.
Strong earnings news is helping push credit market fears back into the shadows this morning, and stocks are poised to spring higher at the opening. Some Asian markets sold off after yesterday's bad day on Wall Street and Europe is mostly lower.
There are furious behind the scenes negotiations to place $12 billion of debt to finance the Cerberus buyout of Chrysler.The deal is still not done and there is talk that the interest rate Cerberus will have to pay will be substantially higher than originally envisioned.
Wall Street is heading for a lower opening as some weak earnings and credit market jitters outweigh positive profit reports from companies like Pepsico and Lockheed-Martin. European markets are moving lower after overnight gains in Tokyo and Hong Kong shares.
A swirl of merger activity and blow-away earnings from Dow component Merck are positives for stocks ahead of the opening. European markets are mostly higher and Asia was mixed overnight.
U.S. stocks are ready to rise at the open after equities markets worldwide set records of their own on the back of Wall Street's big rally.
An explosive bid for Canada's Alcan is giving a positive psychological lift to stocks as traders watch a flood of monthly sales reports from retailers.
Despite anxiety over subprime loans, tightening credit and weak housing, the U.S. stock market seems to keep bouncing back. Why? On "Morning Call," Bill Schultz, chief investment officer at McQueen, Ball & Associates, and David Dietze, president & chief investment strategist at Point View Financial Services, offered their takes.
The second half of this year should be better for bonds than the "miserable" first half, said Jack Malvey, a fixed-income strategist at Lehman Brothers, on "Morning Call." "Collectively, investors had half a percent return," Malvey said about the first half of 2007. He added, bond risk will continue until at least September or October.
Stocks may open higher after early weakness on this final day of the second quarter. European markets are mostly lower, and Asia was mixed with Tokyo up 1%. The discovery of an explosive device in a car in London impacted market tone in Europe.
Stocks are flat ahead of the opening, though stock markets worldwide are springing higher on the back of Wall Street's gains Wednesday. The focus today is on the Fed.
Stock futures point lower this morning after a weak showing in equities markets worldwide. European stocks are trading lower, and Asian markets were mostly down overnight. Volatility will no doubt be the tone of the day, as the Fed starts its two-day meeting. Durable goods fell 2.8%, below expectations. The dollar slid after the report and Treasurys rallied.
Stock futures are perking up this morning after three sessions of selling. Housing starts for May are reported today and there are a few earnings reports to make headlines.
In a special edition of "Power Lunch at the Four Seasons," Abby Joseph Cohen, the chief U.S. portfolio strategist at Goldman Sachs, offered her perspective on the markets, the S&P 500 and the global economy to CNBC's Bill Griffeth.
The dollar gained on the Swiss franc on Thursday and approached a 4-1/2-year high against the yen as investors continued to punish low-yielding currencies in a quest for higher returns.
An uptick in bond yields and rising oil prices are adding pressure to stock futures after yesterday's rocky trading day. Asian stocks were higher overnight, but European markets are wilting this morning.
Stock futures are laying a firm foundation for a higher opening today, as some big earnings dominate the morning headlines. Morgan Stanley stock is climbing after the firm reported a 41% increase in profit.