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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.
Investors have to ask themselves some critical questions this week. Chief among them: are higher Treasury yields here to stay and are we close to the top in yields?
The direction of bond yields will be the key factor for European stock markets next week, according to Bruno Verstraete, CEO of Nautilus Invest.
Inflation data will set the agenda today as traders await the release of the CPI. Stock markets around the world are higher.
Stock futures are higher today as investors await wholesale inflation data while keeping an eye on the bond market. Global stock markets rebounded after yesterday's turnaround on Wall Street and tamer bond markets.
Like a cyclone, the rate move in the global bond market is unsettling everything in its path and leaving a new high-tide mark for credit worldwide.
"Cash is king" in today's bond market -- if rates keep rising. That's the opinion shared by Joseph Balestrino, senior vice president and senior portfolio manager at Federated Investors, and Tony Crescenzi, chief bond market strategist at Miller Tabak. The bond mavens advised "Morning Call" viewers how to play the market.
In an interview with CNBC, former bond bull Gross said strong global growth will be a drag on long-term bond yields.
European stock markets look set to carry over negative sentiment from the previous week, as fears over rising borrowing costs erode confidence in the recent equity bull run, but investors are over reacting to the selloff in bonds, according to Stephen Pope, Head of Equity Research at Cantor Fitzgerald Europe.
Stocks futures are wrestling with another surge in bond yields this morning and for now have the upper hand as futures edge into the positive zone. Asian markets closed lower overnight and European stocks are weaker.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? There are plenty of worried-looking people wandering around in trading rooms this morning.
Long-time bond bull Bill Gross, just a year after declaring the end of the bear market for U.S. Treasuries, Thursday conceded the snappy pace of global economic growth will likely keep bonds on their heels.
Stocks are struggling ahead of the opening as a selloff in the Treasury market pushed the yield on the 10-year above the key 5% level for the first time since last July. May sales results from chain stores are rolling in and merger activity continues to make headlines.
Rising rates trump all else this morning as Wall Street braces for a downhill slide on the opening. European markets are broadly lower, continuing their downtrend after the European Central Bank raised interest rates by a quarter point to 4%, as expected. Chinese stocks closed higher and Asia's other markets were mixed.
Junk-debt issuance is up 27% over 2006, and investment-grade credit slid 14%, according to Lehman Brothers. Is a junk-bond bubble in the making? Dan Fuss, vice chairman at Loomis Sayles, and Jack Malvey, chief global fixed income strategist at Lehman Brothers, agree that a cycle is indeed coming to an end -- the question is how big the decline will be. The strategists joined "Street Signs" to offer their views -- and to reassure viewers that the "crash" might not be as bad as some fear.
High-yield bond investor focus is often on emerging markets. But on “Street Signs,” Pioneer Investments’ Andy Feltus, portfolio manager of the $2 billion Pioneer Global High Yield Fund, told CNBC’s Erin Burnett that there is more value in the U.S.
Wow! Talk about a busy earnings season. I haven't had much time to breathe lately, which explains the lack of blogs these past several days. The financial flurry has been non-stop and right now is the first chance I've gotten to catch that long-lost breath. And it gives me an opportunity to focus on Microsoft, which reports after the bell today.The Street is looking for 46 cents on $13.89 billion in revenue.
The ISM index fell to 50.9 from 52.3 in February. How are bonds reacting to Monday's lukewarm ISM number? Kevin Ferry, chief market strategist at Cronus Futures Management joined Liz Claman on “Morning Call.”
Kevin Giddis, managing director of fixed income capital markets for Morgan Keegan, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that the Federal Reserve’s concentration on inflation is good news for bond investors.