The ECB's easing announcement seems to be helping bullion. But could it actually be bad news for the gold bulls? Anthony Grisanti and Jim Iuorio debate. With CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis and the Futures Now Traders.» Read More
GE surprised the street this morning with an unexpected 6% drop in first quarter profits. EPS missed by 7 cents a share. As a result, GE opened this morning down about 11%. If this holds, this will be the biggest one day drop for GE since the 9/11 attacks.
It's hard to get more diverse than General Electric: jet engines, high finance, even business news websites (i.e., this one). For that reason, its quarterly report gives an insightful look into how the rest of earnings season may turn out.
With good news from Walmart and Goldman CEO Blankfein saying we are closer to the end of the current financial crisis than the beginning, the markets are rallying. Is Blankfein right or is it the calm before the storm?
Alcoa's profits are expected to be down some 40% in the first quarter, but that didn't stop the company's shares from surging 24% since the last earnings report. How did they do that?
For the week ending Friday, April 4, 2008 the US Markets all ended the week up over 3% or more holding on to the gains from Tueday's big rally. This is the third consecutive week of gains for the NASDAQ, something it has not had since October of last year.
The equity markets end the week sustaining their gains from the April Fool's rally with the NASDAQ once again in the lead, in the positive for the last three weeks.
With today's hearings in Washington on the JP Morgan Chase buyout of Bear Stearns, here is a look at how the Financials and Home Builders have faired since their close the Friday before the deal was announced.
Is this a return to the bull market of the past? Maybe. But maybe not.
Thank goodness Q1 is over! Here's a summary of month-end and Q1 stats for stocks, commodities and currencies...
The Dow, S&P and Nasdaq are just points away from breaking their monthly losing streaks at 4 straight months of losses. Here's what they would need to rally today to have their first positive month since October:
For the week ending Friday, March 28, 2008 the US Markets ended mixed after starting on a high note Monday extending last week's market rally. The winning streak came to an end on Tuesday when the Dow closing down for the first time in three sessions. The NASDAQ had the strongest performance of the week managing a positive gain despite weak earnings from Oracle and poor performance from Google . Economic data dragged on the markets with consumer sentiment and confidence at low levels and negative housing data.-Next week the markets will watch Friday's jobs report for evidence of recession, and any revisions on guidance as we move into earnings season. Alcoa kicks off "official" earnings season on Monday, April 7th after the bell. The big companies for next week all hit on Wednesday with RIM , Monsanto and Best Buy all reporting earnings.
The major U.S. indexes were a mixed bag this week, all close to flat, commodities halt their record setting pace, and the US dollar manages to hold its ground against most major currencies.
With the big rallies of the past few days, many are wondering if we have hit a bottom. If history is any guide, the biggest returns come within the first few months of troughs. Here are some recent examples...
For the short week ending Thursday, March 20, 2008 the US Markets ended up. Market moving events include the JP Morgan Chase takeover of Bear Stearns and a Fed rate cut of 75 basis points. The Dow gained 420 points on Tuesday, only to give back 293 points the next day. A rally today kept the Dow, S&P, and NASDAQ up 3.43%, 3.21%, and 2.06% for the week, their best performance in 7 weeks. Next week, the markets will watch for the economic data including Durable Goods, GDP, and Personal Income numbers. Earnings from Lennar (LEN) will give another read on the housing sector.
The Markets end this volatile week to the upside with their best gains in 7 weeks. Here is a summary of major indices, sectors and currencies.
It's been a tough start to the year with high volatility and last year's gains wiped away. But with the start of Spring and the Good Friday market holiday upon us, will the markets rebound as the leaves return to the trees?
As we all know, the Visa (V) IPO priced last night at $44 per share, above its range of $37 - $42 per share, raising $17.9 billion, and beating the previous record held by the AT&T Wireless IPO back in 2000, which raised $1 billion.
The Federal Reserve announced a 75 basis point cut to its Fed Funds Target today, bringing the rate down to 2.25%, its lowest level since January 2005. The Fed has now cut the rate by 3.0% since it began easing in September of last year. How does 300 basis points over 180 days compare to past easing periods?
Dow Industrials newcomer Bank of America leads the list as the highest current yielder of all 30 Dow stocks. Chevron, the other recent Dow addition enters the list with a 2.7% yield.
For the week ending Friday, March 14, 2008 the US Markets ended mixed. Market moving events include the Fed's $200B expansion of its securities lending program and the Bear Stearns bailout, amongst others leading to extreme market volatility. The Dow gained 417 points on Tuesday, only to lose the majority of its gains to close up only 0.48% for the week. The VIX crossed 30 for the first time since January. Next week, the markets will watch for the the FOMC announcement on interest rates Tuesday, the Visa IPO on Wednesday, and a slew of brokerage earnings including Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley and possibly Bear Stearns.