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Stocks closed well off the lows of the day after plunging in the wake of a powerful earthquake in Japan renewed investor fears about supply disruptions and the ongoing nuclear crisis, and as oil jumped above $110 a barrel. Caterpillar fell, while Home Depot rose.
Stocks continued to trade lower ahead of the close, failing to rebound entirely after another powerful earthquake in Japan renewed investor fears about supply disruptions and the ongoing nuclear crisis, and as oil jumped above $110 a barrel. GE and Cisco fell, while Home Depot rose.
While the battle over the NYSE rages and we wait for a response from that exchange to the proposed $42.50 dual stock and cash bid from Nasdaq and Ice, it’s worth mentioning that among the most likely outcomes here is that the NYSE doesn’t get bought at all.
In the past decade, the Qataris have built their wealth from oil and gas assets. Sheikh Hamad points out it’s important to “protect our next generation.” As a result, the government has decided to invest in $30 billion outside Qatar this year, diversifying its assets. David Hamod, President & CEO of National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce said “Investing in the future is the essence of the Qatar Model.”
There are still a lot of stocks that trade at “very low” valuations and have lagged the market badly, said 5-star manager Brian Barish, president and director of research at Cambiar Investors.
A look at the company's plan to boost production by 35% over the next six years, with Richard O'Brien, Newmont Mining president/CEO.
Deborah Weinswig, Citi analyst, looks at the retail picture and says department stores are performing very well while the companies that will be hit by rising gas prices are lower-end retailers. Also, Pops & Drops.
Stocks trimmed losses but remained down after news of a 7.4-magnitude earthquake east of Sendai Honshu, in northern Japan.
The defense contractors will likely be the most affected sector if the U.S. government shuts down, according to Paul Hickey, co-founder of Bespoke Investment Group.
Emerging markets had few friends this year. Fears that monetary tightening would sap growth had investors pulling billions out of E.M. equity funds in the first quarter.
There’s still value in this market even if stocks have rallied nearly 100 percent since the March 2009 lows, said Jeff Layman, CIO of BKD Wealth Advisors.
Not surprisingly, the ECB raised its interest rates by 25 basis points to 1.25 percent. Meanwhile, the Labor Department reported initial jobless claims fell 10,000 to 382,000 — largely inline with the 385,000 expected by economists. But traders are eyeing the flurry of March retail sales reports this morning.
Investors spend a good deal of time parsing the actions and statements by the Federal Reserve banks and governors. Ben Bernanke has the dubious distinction of chairing this eclectic economic curia, and his weighing-in of opinion carries more weight. It is only fitting then that Ben spends a little extra time on the examination table.
If the government shuts down, the Republicans will likely get the blame but the American people will be the losers.
Stock index futures pared gains and traded flat despite news of a slightly better-than-expected drop in jobless claims and better-than-expected chain store sales, but also after largely expected news that the European Central Bank raised interest rates.
Corporate hedging, the science of locking in predetermined prices to insure against future, has been around since at least the 1980s. But a combination of global diversification over the last decade and a rash of geopolitical events from Japan to Libya are causing many companies to reemphasize the importance of their hedging, say traders and corporate executives.
Airlines fight a constant battle with fuel price volatility. Since the industry spends about a third of its operating costs on fuel alone, airlines employ an arsenal of financial instruments like derivatives, options, and caps, to hedge against wild swings in the energy market.
Dana Telsey, Telsey Advisory group, discusses winners and losers in the retail sector. So far, she says the discounters are doing very well.
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