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Stocks pared some of their earlier gains but were still up sharply on renewed confidence about the financial sector.
As of midday Tuesday, all major indices are up 4 percent or greater. If the rally holds, the S&P 500, Dow, and NASDAQ Composite would be poised for their biggest percent increase since late November of last year.
The Dow Jones Transport Index, widely believed to be a predictor of where US markets are going, shows signs of bottoming out, Roelof van den Akker from ING Wholesale Banking told CNBC.
US stock index futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street after Monday's selloff and with some good news emerging from the banking sector.
Stocks retreated in a yo-yo session as an earlier advance in the shares of energy and big-cap technology companies dissipated. But banks held gains as investors hoped for more clarity on the government plan to firm up the financial system, with Fed Chairman Ben Beranke meeting with President Obama today.
Every generation searches for an identity. There were the Baby Boomers, followed by slacker Gens. X and Y. It took a 50% drop in the Dow and more than 3 million jobs lost to figure it out. This is nothing to LOL about: It's Generation OMG!
Stock index futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street, but were off the day's lows as Dow component Merck announced it will merge with Schering-Plough in a cash and stock deal.
A market bottom is nowhere in sight and safety of investment still beats quality as a choice for investors, as markets remain extremely volatile, Nick Parsons, head of strategy at nabCapital Markets told CNBC.
On a week that saw a late-day rally for the Dow & S&P Friday, managing to close in positive territory for the day, following a dismal jobs report, increased concerns over GM's viability and another bailout for AIG, the markets fell 6% or greater for the week.
The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 651,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate climbed to 8.1%. This is the highest unemployment rate since 1983. The January and December numbers were revised to a loss of 655,000 and 681,000 respectively. 4.4 million jobs have now been lost since this recession began. Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.
As General Electric continues to fall, the company that once boasted a half trillion dollar market cap, is now at risk of falling out of the Top 20 biggest companies in the S&P 500.
Following a sharp drop in the Dow to 1997 levels, here is a look back at that time in history:
When stocks go down, we financial journalists get a lot of hate mail. People lose money, they get cranky and they want someone to blame. We understand. And, in that spirit, we're offering this hilarious list of CNBC "separated at birth" comparisons. Go ahead. Laugh with us. Laugh at us. We're here for you.
Two months into the year, the average dividend yield of the Dow 30 has continued to rise since the start of 2009, despite some significant dividend cuts like those from CNBC parent, General Electric. See how the 30 companies in the Dow compare.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average could pull up from its recent dramatic freefall if the Dow Jones Transportation Average manages to stay above critical support levels, Roelof van den Akker, chartist at ING Wholesale Banking, told CNBC.
The unpalatable truth is that equity markets seem the purest measure of investor confidence, corporate health and economic prediction.
February was a chilly month for U.S. equities. And March is looking even worse. It looks like a recession is the only thing roaring this month and the charts say that the Dow is heading below the 6,000 level.
The Dow Industrials, Dow Transports, and Dow Utilities are all hitting multi-year lows now. While the Dow Industrials and Dow Transports have been closing at new lows for days, the Dow Utilities closed below its October low for the first time on Friday.
While January was a poor month for the markets overall, February turned out to be worse. Both the Dow Industrials & S&P 500 once again had their worst month since last October – a feat which they both achieved in January as well. Will March be any better?