The Treasury Department auctioned $24 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.020 percent, down from 0.025 percent last week. Another $24 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.075 percent, the same as last week. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,999.49, while a six-month bill sold for $9,996.21.» Read More
The 2.3% rise in the Dow last week, coupled with lower volume and lower volatility, has given the markets what it wants mosts: time. Time allows market participants to readjust risk. JP Morgan, in a note to clients this morning, said "The key issue for the months ahead will be to figure out the impact of tighter credit conditions on economic growth."
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Stocks start the week on a weak note as investors await existing home sales data at 10 am New York time. A flurry of takeover headlines is getting attention, most importantly the revised deal by three private equity firms for Home Depot's service unit. The three buyers, Bain Capital, Carlyle Group and Clayton, Dubilier and Rice, agreed to buy the unit for $8.5 billion, 18% less than the original price agreed in June.
Economic confidence among U.S. small business owners fell in August as a slowing housing market soured sentiment, and 41 percent said they had recent cash flow troubles, according to a survey released Monday.
The risk of massive defaults on subprime mortgages and heavy debts now poses a bigger threat to U.S. economic prosperity than terrorism, a panel of U.S. business economists said on Monday.
Job losses in the U.S. construction sector could top one million if a housing downturntips the economy into recession and tighter access to credit dampens business investment.Strength in nonresidential construction may continue to offset a downturn in housing for now, but recent turmoil in credit markets suggests job losses may accelerate in the sectorin the next few months.
Talk about a recession from a very small group of people need to be balanced against the fact that no major strategist is predicting a recession. Many are trimming their forecasts slightly, but that is a long way from a recession. Even Ben Bernanke maintains a forecast of "moderate" growth of 2.5% in the GDP this year, and a slight expansion in 2008.
Stocks futures are meandering on both sides of the unchanged mark after stronger-than-expected durable goods orders and investors now await new home sales data due at 10 am New York time.
France on Friday kept up the pressure on the European Central Bank to take account of global financial market turmoil and economic growth when setting interest rates, and said a September rate rise was not a done deal.
The hot topic on the Street is the probability of a recession. Robert Albertson, chief strategist at Sandler O'Neill, and this morning Angelo Mozillo, CEO of Countrywide both voiced fears that a recession was coming. Opinions are sharply divided on this. David Bianco, UBS' Equity Strategist, said earlier this month that the S&P seems to be signaling a "financial sector recession" (i.e. that a recession is expected to mostly affect financial sector profits).
Until a few months ago, it seemed that anyone who could fog up a mirror could get a mortgage. Now, with a credit crisis roiling the industry, some consumers might think they have a better chance winning the lottery than finding a home loan.
Euro zone private sector growth cooled in August as factory order growth hit its weakest since late 2005 and a credit squeeze in financial markets bruised service sector confidence, key data showed on Friday.
Global financial turmoil prompted the Bank of Japan to hold rates on Thursday and warn that the tremors would take time to settle, and the European Central Bank was inundated with demand at a new money market tender.
Stoked by positive developments on the credit and mortgage front, stocks are building on yesterday's gains and look ready to spring higher on the open.
The markets have their own lexicon and volatile markets generate their own chapter of colorful metaphors. This last week we have been treated to exhortations not to catch falling knives, falling pianos or any other objects which would cause severe pain if diverted from their gravity-bound course.
The Bank of Japan left its key policy rate unchanged for the sixth month running on Thursday, as expected in the wake of a global markets shake-out, with the focus now on how long it will delay its next hike.
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I promised myself that I would not blog while on my final summer vacation, but anyone with a BlackBerry knows, there's no such thing as vacation anymore. Earlier this week I got an email from a realtor I know in a mid-sized market in the Southeast (he asked that I not identify him or his city). The market is still doing pretty well, despite the slowdown in housing nationally because it has a strong local economy that is in a growth spurt.
A global credit squeeze has most economists convinced the Federal Reserve will come to the rescue and cut interest rates next month, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday.
Wall Street prepares for lift off on the opening amid calmer credit markets, higher world stock markets and some merger news. European stock markets are comfortably higher, and Asia closed higher though Japan stocks were flat on the rising yen.