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Stocks pulled back Thursday after a report showed an unexpected drop in pending-home sales. Stocks had opened higher Thursday after a report showed jobless claims fell last week and retail sales came in better than expected.
I think it was James Carville ("It's the economy, stupid!") who said he wanted to come back as the bond market since he could then rule over everyone.
Wall Street is in an unusually extended "wait-and-see" mode, as evidenced by the recent lack of movement in the major averages and little change Thursday in stock index futures.
The pound's fall is nearly over but foreign exchange markets are still going to watch developments, since parity with the euro can not be ruled out as the country gets closer to a crucial spring election, analysts and traders told CNBC.com Tuesday.
Greece's mounting fiscal problems remain in focus, with investors today eyeing a possible bailout plan led by Germany and France. Closing Bell kicks shines the spotlight on the PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece & Spain) of Europe and discusses where the biggest risks are.
Sentence/ParagraphRenewed concerns over Greece's budget situation dampening the mood on Wall Street today, but the Dow did manage to erase most of the losses in the final hour of trading. One of Wall Street's most respected minds, Larry Fink, Chairman & CEO of BlackRock joined Maria Bartiromo on Closing Bell after the market's close to share his thoughts on the economic environment.
Bets by some of the same banks that helped Greece shroud its mounting debts may actually now be pushing the nation closer to the brink of financial ruin, the New York Times reported.
The Greek government's second bond auction of the year will be one of the key drivers of global markets over the coming days. While no date is yet set, Athens must raise significant funds via bond sales or face the prospect of default.
I don't know. I spent the last two weeks from afar and saw conflicting signals.
If you remember the 1970's in New York City you wish you could go back to the '60's. The City was dirty, seemingly lawless with the "squeegee guys" attacking your car if you stopped at a light, and had a general feeling on being unsafe.
Greece's debt swaps came to light because of the battle between big banks and regulators in the US, Gikas A. Hardouvelis, professor of finance at the University of Piraeus and chief economist at Eurobank EFG Group, told CNBC Thursday.
China's move to unload US debt is likely to continue in the long term while the "euro scare" may last a while, legendary investor Jim Rogers told CNBC.com Wednesday.
Greece's 2001 deal to swap some of its debt using currency derivatives was in line with what other euro-zone countries were doing, Yiannos Papantoniou, the country's finance and economy minister when the deal was made, told CNBC.com Wednesday.
The EU should thoroughly investigate the case of the debt swaps involving Greece and Goldman Sachs, as these types of operations are destabilizing financial markets, economist Simon Johnson told CNBC.com.
Crisis meeting follows crisis meeting on resolving the debt debacle in Greece, but it seems solutions and even resolutions are hard to find.
Europe, the EU and the euro zone are not on the brink of an abyss. They are simply dealing with the expected problems inside the biggest currency area in the western world. And they will deal with them.
The European Commission said Monday that it wants Greece to explain how it used complex financial deals that allegedly made its debt limits look lower.
China and the Far East occupy a far different place in the business cycle compared to Europe and the United States. The nascent Chinese exit strategy will be a test case for other nations to follow when the cycle recovers.
Much as I am sick of bailout nation, and bailout global nation, the European rescue of Greece was probably necessary to stop a total euro currency meltdown that might have triggered a worldwide debt deflation downward spiral.
I’m trying hard to remain optimistic about economic recovery here in America — and for that matter, around the world.