WASHINGTON— Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates continued to slide this week, raising prospects of a wave of consumers refinancing their loans. The 30- year mortgage fell further below 4 percent. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30- year loan declined to 3.92 percent from 3.97 percent last week— the lowest level...» Read More
Nicole Deese, a securities attorney at Fowler, White & Boggs, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that allowing bond holders to sue investment banks that sold high-yield bonds backing sub-prime loans will “inhibit, if not entirely stifle, the flow of money from capital markets to the mortgage sector.”
The European Central Bank kept short-term interest rates on hold Thursday as expected, but economists and investors think that another rate rise is due this summer.
Mortgage delinquency rates hit an all-time high in the first quarter of 2007, according to data compiled by Equifax and analyzed by Moody’s Economy.com.
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Bank of Japan left monetary policy unchanged as widely expected on Tuesday, keeping the overnight call rate target at 0.50% for two months in a row after its rate hike in February.
Russ Koesterich, senior portfolio manager at Barclays Global Investors, told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” that the equities market needs a “catalyst” to move significantly higher.
It’s time to take full advantage of the three-day weekend. Eat well and get plenty of rest because next week is packed with earnings and data for ye eager market participants starting off with the Bank of Japan's monthly policy meeting.
Vince Boberski, an economist at FTN Financial, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” predicted that the Labor Department's March jobs report will reveal that the economy created about 150,000 new jobs in March.
The outlook for equities is positive next week provided there is no ‘significant weakness’ in U.S. first quarter earnings, Mislav Matejka, European Equity Strategy at JP Morgan, tells CNBC.com.
Stocks are barely changed ahead of the opening and are likely to trade with some trepidation ahead of a three day holiday weekend. Tomorrow's jobs report is a big point of interest, but stock traders will be home watching their bond market brethren trade the number on a special jobs Friday edition of Squawk Box.
The Bank of England kept interest rates on hold at 5.25% as widely expected Thursday.
Australia's central bank skipped a chance to raise interest rates on Wednesday, confounding speculation it would tighten to cool domestic demand as insurance against future inflationary pressures.
Al Goldman, chief market strategist for A.G. Edwards, told CNBC’s “Street Signs” that he expects the market to continue to rise throughout the year. “We had madness in March and the market was down,” Goldman said Tuesday. “We needed the correction. Since 1950, April has been the best month for the Dow (Jones Industrial Average) of the year. The economic news is mixed and the market chooses to go up, which is a sign of resilience and an underlying bullish trend.”
Alec Young, equity market strategist for Standard & Poor’s, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that he expects many companies to beat lowered first quarter earnings expectations, but that won’t drive the market higher. “The market is trading around 15 times (earnings),” Young said Tuesday. “If you beat and come in at 6%, that’s not great for a 15 multiple. It may help the market stay where it is, but to get P/E expansion, I think you need earnings growth closer to double digits.”
St. Louis Fed President Poole said he would lean toward a further rate increase should inflation fail to come down and if the economy was only moderately weak.
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.”
Angelo Mozilo, chief executive officer of Countrywide Financial, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that Washington shouldn’t take proven loan products off the market in an effort to resolve the sub-prime mortgage crisis.
Risk to euro zone inflation remain and the European Central Bank will do what is necessary to ensure stable prices, the authority's president, Jean-Claude Trichet, said in newspaper interviews published on Monday.
The current trend of heavy M&A activity shows little sign of abating and investors could be set for another week of deals dominated by private equity groups. Last week saw bid approaches for Spanish airline Iberia, British drug retailer Alliance Boots and publicly traded British hedge fund Man Group.
Small caps have outperformed their larger counterparts for several years now: the S&P SmallCap Index returned 45% in the last three years -- that’s almost double the S&P 500’s 26% gain. Will the run last through 2007?