SEOUL, Dec 12- South Korea's central bank held interest rates steady for a seventh consecutive month on Thursday, as expected, and many analysts forecast it will stand pat until late next year amid low inflation and modest recovery. The Bank of Korea's monetary policy committee held its base rate steady at 2.50 percent, a media official said without elaborating.» Read More
New Zealand's central bank raised interest rates by a quarter of a point to 8.25% on Thursday, as expected, but said it did not expect to raise them further as it saw signs of an easing in domestic borrowing.
The high-yield corporate bond market has gone through "a dramatic earthquake" in the past six weeks because of surging interest rates, Pimco founder and chief investment officer Bill Gross told CNBC.
So there I was at the National Association of Realtors headquarters this morning, ready for the usual press conference on the monthly existing home sales numbers, but before the 'spiel' and the charts, the PR team passed out two interesting papers: “Fact Sheet” they each blared across the top in bold print.
Strong earnings news is helping push credit market fears back into the shadows this morning, and stocks are poised to spring higher at the opening. Some Asian markets sold off after yesterday's bad day on Wall Street and Europe is mostly lower.
The CEO of the nation’s largest lender says, “We expect difficult housing and mortgage market conditions to persist.” That as Countrywide Financial disappoints the street and lowers its forecast for the rest of the year, the second time it’s done that in as many quarters. “Credit quality in the bank deteriorated sharply,” Morgan Stanley analyst Kenneth Posner writes in his note on Countrywide today.
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.
After a first quarter swoon, business is more upbeat about the current quarter and the rest of the year--especially when it comes to hiring, profits and productivity, the latest survey by the National Association for Business Economics shows.
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.
Many lawmakers, along with advocates for low-wage workers, are celebrating the first increase in the federal minimum wage in a decade. Yet many acknowledge that raising it from $5.15 an hour to $5.85 will provide only meager help for some of the lowest paid workers.
Even fed Chairman Ben Bernanke says the slump is worse than originally thought.
Next week, no fewer than six major public home builders will report their quarterly earnings, all right around the same day that the U.S. Dept. of Commerce reports its New Home Sales data for the month of June. I doubt either will be very heartening for investors.
China raised interest rates on Friday in the latest of a series of tightening steps aimed atkeeping inflation in check and preventing the world's fourth-largest economy from overheating.It also slashed withholding tax on deposit interest income to 5 percent from 20 percent, in an effort to offset the impact of soaring inflation on real deposit rates and give savers lessof an incentive to bet on the red-hot stock market.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke devoted a significant amount of his prepared testimony on the economics of the housing market, mortgage lending and regulation. Here are excerpts of his semi-annual monetary policy report to to House Committee on Financial Services, July 18, 2007.
Federal Reserve decision-makers signaled Thursday that downside risks to U.S. economic growth had diminished in June compared with May, suggesting a housing market downturn would not prompt near-term interest rate cuts.
An interesting email came into the Realty Check mailbox yesterday, an offer really. “Our company, 1-800-CashOffer, is a nationwide network of professional real estate investors. Our investors (including ourselves in our local market) help homeowners in financial trouble by providing them with a quick way to sell their homes for cash, often avoiding foreclosure and the associated damage to their credit rating.
The Bank of Thailand cut its benchmark 1-day repurchase rate by 25 basis points to 3.25% on Wednesday, confounding the majority of economists who had expected no change.
Allen Sinai, chief global economist at Decision Economics, told CNBC’s “Morning Call” that the stock market is not overvalued. ... He also said Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gets high marks.
Earnings news is helping set the tone as some big positive reports are countering weakness in stocks ahead of inflation data.
Richard Hastings, senior retail analyst at Bernard Sands, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that the buying power of the bottom one-third of consumers is falling.
Stocks are setting a positive tone ahead of the opening even as oil continues its move up. Merger news, real and rumored, dominates the Monday morning headlines.