Tremendous speculation in the markets may result in a "surprise or accident" in the credit sector, says Jim Awad, Chairman of Plimsoll Mark Capital.» Read More
The U.S. Federal Reserve took the unusual step of refraining from undertaking an openmarket operation so far Tuesday, in the aftermath of last week's substantial infusions of liquidity into the banking system.
Stock in structured-finance firm Coventree lost more than half its value Tuesday after it said various Coventree-sponsored trusts could not fund maturities of Canadian asset-backed commercial paper due to what it called a "market disruption."
CNBC's Bob Pisani reports on what traders are telling him before the market opens: The European Central Bank for a fourth day needed to add extra cash into the overnight lending market. But the action is working. Overseas markets are largely calm.
The European Central Bank lent banks 73.5 billion in extra funds on Tuesday, topping up their coffers for one week to help ease tensions in the euro-zone credit markets.
Santander has 2.2 billion euros ($3 billion) of exposure to high-risk loans in the United States through its auto financing business Drive, ABC newspaper said on Tuesday, quoting the Spanish bank's annual report.
Australian mortgage lender RAMS Home Loans Group said on Tuesday it could be negatively impacted if current volatility in global debt markets continued, sending its shares down 20%.
It takes more than good credit to get a mortgage these days. Lenders across the country, stuck with piles of loans investors wouldn't buy, are jacking up rates and imposing stricter requirements on even the most creditworthy borrowers. And once again, to close a deal, home shoppers often have to put down their own money, prove what they say they earn, as well as show a track record for payment.
Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts said in a regulatory filing that weak debt market conditions could cut into its investment returns, and confirmed it is the subject of a U.S. Department of Justice probe for anti-trust violations.
The subprime meltdown is spreading to other parts of the mortgage market. So-called jumbo loans--those above $417,000--are getting more expensive and difficult to get.
Stocks start the week on firmer ground after central bankers once again pumped cash into the markets, injecting confidence and liquidity. Stock markets around the globe gained, and U.S. stock futures are higher.
So much for an early week rally. Stocks plunged Thursday and remained vulnerable on Friday as worries about the subprime lending mess got the attention of central bankers and investors alike.
Wall Street is bracing for a sharply lower open as fears of a global liquidity crisis pound stock markets worldwide. Central banks around the globe stepped in to inject funds into the banking system and pump confidence back into markets, wary of the continued ripple effect of the U.S. subprime mortgage fallout.
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Financial stocks got hammered again on Thursday as renewed credit worries scared investors away from the sector. Housing stocks, however, showed surprising strength even with the growing problems in the subprime mortgage market.
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The revelation that a unit of French bank BNP Paribas temporarily suspended three of its funds injected new fear into the markets, driving global stock sharply lower and casting a fresh chill across credit markets. The market fallout from BNP has reignited market speculation that the Fed will move to cut rates sooner, rather than later.
Bear Stearns' embattled CEO, James Cayne, plans to travel to China in the next few weeks to seek a partnership--and possibly a much-needed capital infusion--from a Chinese firm, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
The Fed's comments yesterday calmed some of the credit angst in the markets and set the stage for a move higher in global equities. U.S. stocks are positioned to trade higher this morning, and Cisco's strong earnings news is adding some punch to the Nasdaq.
The Bernanke Fed is being put to its first big test as Fed watchers monitor its handling of the credit drama when it releases its statement at 2:15 p.m. The Fed's one day meeting is not expected to end with any adjustment in rates, but traders are hoping for a tweaking of the Fed statement with language that will soothe some of the anxiety about mortgage and credit markets.
The investment-grade corporate bond market has ground to a halt, making it difficult for companies to access capital and hard for investors to find a place to put their money to work.