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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.
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.