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The broader stock market needs an "exhaustion" of selling before buyers can take control, but that time is close, according to charts of the S&P 500 index, independent trader Bill McLaren said Friday.

Analyzing Wall Street’s Research Tue, 12 Aug '08 | 1:11 PM ET
Frank Quattrone

Investment banker Frank P. Quattrone thinks Wall Street research has “proven to be a disaster," the New York Times reports.

Analyst Downgrades Fidelity National Services Thu, 3 Jul '08 | 10:48 AM ET

A Goldman Sachs analyst downgraded Fidelity National Information Services Inc. Thursday after the company spun off its lender-processing unit, saying Fidelity has limited growth potential.

The analyst whose downgrade of Citigroup sparked a broad stock market sell-off on Thursday said she has received several death threats stemming from her research, the Times of London said.

As financial markets appeared to calm Monday, so did speculation that the Federal Reserve would cut interest rates anytime soon.   "The Fed would not do this unless the situation got extremely dire and market troubles were having a profound negative impact on the economy," said Northern Trust chief economist Paul Kasriel.

The huge market swings yesterday--including a 200 point rebound in the Dow during the last half hour--may have had some traders chugging Maalox. But others thrive on the roller-coaster ride. Don't look for the big ups and downs to stop anytime soon.

Worries about the credit markets aren't the only reason investors are fleeing to the relative safety of Treasurys. An unwinding of the so-called "carry trade"--a popular financing tool for hedge funds and other big investors--is accelerating the move away from risky assets.

With the Dow up 92 points on Monday and down 226 yesterday, there's little doubt that stock market volatility is back.  What's driving the market swings: earnings, worries about the housing slump and interest rates.

The revelation that two of Bear Stearns' collateralized debt obligation funds are virtually worthless are casting a pall on the overall market this morning. The biggest factor with the subprime prime epidemic is the great unknown of exposure and containment.

The Wall Street bulls turned up the after burners thanks to a sizzling deal sector and indications that the consumer is holding up in spite of a rash of housing foreclosures. A round of early afternoon short covering further propelled Wall Street.

At least two analysts upgraded Jabil Circuit on Friday, after the contract electronics manufacturer reported an adjusted fiscal third-quarter profit that topped Wall Street expectations.

Analysts Speak on Today’s Market Mon, 4 Jun '07 | 3:54 PM ET

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Analysts Speak on Today’s Market Tue, 15 May '07 | 3:59 PM ET

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Analysts Speak on Today’s Market Mon, 23 Apr '07 | 4:59 PM ET

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Financial Analysts' Reaction to French Vote Mon, 23 Apr '07 | 10:29 AM ET

Financial analysts cheered Sunday's presidential elections in France, which will result in a runoff vote on May 6 between right-wing candidate Nicolas Sarkozy and socialist rival Segolene Royal.

Analysts Speak on Today's Market Tue, 27 Mar '07 | 2:15 PM ET

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Analysts Speak on Today’s Market Mon, 26 Mar '07 | 3:19 PM ET

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Analysts Speak on Today’s Market Fri, 23 Mar '07 | 1:33 PM ET

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Wall Street analysts maintained largely positive views on Texas Instruments following the chip maker's quarterly update, with a number of analysts predicting an uptick in demand in the latter part of the year.

The Debate Over Quarterly EPS Guidance Tue, 6 Mar '07 | 1:55 PM ET

Should companies stop issuing quarterly earnings guidance? That was a major topic of discussion on today's "Morning Call." Dean , executive director of the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, says yes because focusing on quarterly earnings per share guidance often forces companies to concentrate on the here-and-now while under-investing in the future.

GE Upgraded By Goldman Sachs Tue, 12 Dec '06 | 10:37 AM ET

A Goldman Sachs analyst lifted his opinion on diversified conglomerate General Electric, saying the maker of light bulbs and power generators is seen by many investors as a safe bet in an uncertain industrial environment.

Yum! Brands shares fell after an analyst downgraded the stock due to concerns about slowing sales momentum in the United States and difficult upcoming sales comparisons at KFC and Taco Bell.

Hershey shares fell after analysts downgraded the stock and the confectioner lowered earnings guidance for this year and next.

Freeman tells CNBC's Carl Quintanilla why consumer confidence will soften and housing inventories will improve in 2007 in an interview only on cnbc.com’s home page.