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U.S. stock index futures were getting battered by a fresh round of layoff announcements by some major companies and mostly dismal news about retail sales.
Despite the unexpected drawback in U.S. crude inventories, oil prices continued their fall Thursday, to below $46 a barrel, near four-year lows, as economic fears deepened. As the downturn persists, analysts interviewed by CNBC suggest oil could fall to $20 a barrel.
President-elect Barack Obama nominated Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) for commerce secretary Wednesday, the same day that United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger announced the UAW would make huge concessions in order to help the Big 3 automakers nail government bailout funds. CNBC heard from experts who said the drop in gasoline prices bodes well for the first quarter and Ben Bernanke just may save us from a severe recession. (UPDATED)
The heads of the Fed and Treasury are signaling that they plan to take more steps to ease credit and jump-start the economy.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that mortgage applications would surge last week, after the Fed announced it would buy GSE debt and mortgage-backed securities. Interest rates on the 30-year fixed dropped nearly a full percentage point.
As markets continued their volatile trade Wednesday, low-risk assets like U.S. Treasuries retained their luster, despite offering the lowest yields in decades. Betting on credit may offer better returns than stocks, some analysts say.
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I’m actually surprised it took this long. As more and more banks announced they were getting more and more aggressive on loan modifications, it seemed the investors in these loans were being just a little too silent.
Plus, Cramer puts Monday's market drop into perspective and a quick call on Apple.
Foreclosures will continue to rise unless the government comes up with an effective program that works for lenders and borrowers, sales of existing homes will bounce back and look for a major home builder to go belly up.
Given the chance to chat with several co-op owners, I asked the expected question: Will all the Wall Street layoffs really put a bullet in the island’s real estate market? The answers were mixed, some citing the still-high demand for housing in a city with relatively limited supply.
The market news on Black Friday is all about retail — so unsurprisingly, the news today is pretty bleak, as shoppers look to stretch tight budgets and thinner wallets. Retail chain CEOs who spoke to CNBC emphasized the positive, but industry analysts are already predicting a "red" Christmas. And investment strategists see a big cash-raising selloff in the works.
The bottoming process has begun in stock markets and now is the time to buy good value US, Chinese and energy stocks, experts tell CNBC.
Investors looking for safe places for their capital are fast running out of options as US government bonds are set to see their yield sink to practically zero, Nicole Elliott, technical analyst from Mizuho Corporate Bank, told CNBC.
The government’s latest effort to unfreeze credit markets may have some success, but it still raises questions about the overall US strategy in the financial crisis.
We got more bad news today about home prices from FHFA and S&P Case Shiller. All pretty much historic drops. Those price drops will result in more borrowers unable to refinance out of their loans.
Home builder D.R. Horton reported a wider quarterly loss Tuesday — yet its shares jumped on U.S. government moves to buoy the financial sector. But home prices and mortgage rates dropped further with no floor in sight. Experts told CNBC the problem is market schizophrenia: equity markets have bottomed but credit markets are still spiralling downward.
The Fed said that it would purchase up to $500 billion of mortgage-backed securities beginning before year's end, and up to $100 billion of direct obligations of the GSEs beginning next week.