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  • Stocks Regain Ground Before Close; CAT Rises Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 3:58 PM ET

    Stocks recovered some ground in the final minutes of trading on the strength of industrials and financials after what had largely been an upbeat session following a surprisingly strong March jobs report.  Caterpillar and GE rose, while Intel fell.

  • Fight for NYSE Has Only Just Begun Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 3:29 PM ET

    The somewhat improbable, though long-awaited bid from Nasdaq and ICE came Friday with the desired effect. It sent shares of the NYSE up sharply (not to mention shares of the Nasdaq) and has changed the dynamic. Anyone expecting a swift resolution of this contest, however, is likely to be disappointed.

  • What's REALLY Driving NYSE Story Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 3:12 PM ET

    Three more points on the Nasdaq/ICE bid for NYSE (see my two previous notes for more).

  • One-On-One with James Grant Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 3:05 PM ET

    He called the bubble in the 2000s. Right now he's worried about a big jump in inflation. He thinks interest rates are totally unprepared for it. His solution is to restore dollar and gold convertability.

  • Stop Trading: Jim Cramer  Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 2:34 PM ET

    CNBC's Jim Cramer zeroes in on the stocks in his sights. Cramer also discusses CEO compensation with CNBC's Erin Burnett.

  • New York Stock Exchange Traders

    "We're going to see some inflation but it's not going to be crazy," says one market pro. "We're hoping that the Fed just realizes (that) and does nothing for a little longer."

  • Executive Pay A Focus Again This Proxy Season Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 1:49 PM ET

    When companies host investors for their annual meetings, investors' focus once again will be directed to executive pay.

  • How Would Nasdaq/ICE Victory Change Trading Floor? Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 1:26 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Nasdaq chief Robert Greifeld told me on the media conference call he intended to keep the NYSE trading floor open. This has been met with open skepticism on the trading floor.

  • Rising costs are affecting many manufacturers that rely on everything from diesel fuel to corn to copper. It will be true if you are shopping in a Walmart, or anywhere else.

  • 5 Stock Picks Into the Weekend: Strategists Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 11:26 AM ET

    With China in talks to build 50,000 skyscrapers over the next 15 years and Japan in need of a major reconstruction in the wake of the earthquakes and tsunami, Wayne Kaufman, chief market analyst at John Thomas Financial, said he is a fan of the materials.

  • Dow, Mid-Cap Index at Historic Highs Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 10:54 AM ET

    Dow Industrials have hit a new 2.5 year high on an intraday basis, passing the old intraday high of 12,391.29 on February 18.

  • Bulls Following Money into Brazilian Fund Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 10:39 AM ET

    Good news drove Brazilian stocks higher for the second session in a row and drove bullish option activity yesterday (Thursday).

  • Low Rates to Keep a Lid on Volatility? Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 10:12 AM ET

    Fear is in freefall. The VIX, which many refer to as the fear index, had its biggest 8-day percentage drop in history. And that has coincided with the rally in equities. So what is the options market telling us now?

  • For months investors have been speculating about when and how the Fed will begin to extricate itself from its aggressive intervention in the economy. As early as March 15, the Federal Reserve reiterated its commitment to buy $600 billion of Treasury securities through June as part of its ongoing monetary stimulus. However, several Fed governors have since expressed their reservations about continuing QE2 and the ultra-low interest rate policy that were keys to the stabilization of the housing market and the economy at large.

  • Yoshikami: Japan's Quiet Uncertainty Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 9:49 AM ET
    A pedestrian road has collapsed in the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Urayasu city, Chiba prefecture. The earthquake shook Japan, unleashing powerful tsunamis that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.

    There seems to be little news to merit any optimism. The challenges facing Japan are great and daunting. But let's not discount the resilience and determination of the Japanese and let's not dismiss the Japanese economy.

  • Futures Add to Gains on Upbeat Jobs Report Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 9:20 AM ET
    CNBC Investor Spring Cleaning - See Complete Coverage

    Stock index futures added to gains on Friday after the government said nonfarm payrolls rose more than expected, and the unemployment rate fell, providing a strong signal that the U.S. economic recovery is on track.

  • Will NYSE Floor Close if Nasdaq/ICE Wins? Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 9:19 AM ET

    The Nasdaq/ICE bid is a clear long shot. The offer is valued at $42.50 per share, a mix of cash and stock, a premium of 19 percent to the price proposed by Deutsche Boerse. There are two issues: the bidding war, and the regulatory side.

  • Help Wanted

    Friday, the Labor Department reported the economy added 216,000 jobs in March. After adding 194,000 jobs in February, this indicates the economy is finally accomplishing momentum. First quarter growth will likely be a bit higher than 3 percent.

  • Nouriel Roubini

    Recapitalizing Irish banks would be bad if done with government money, because it would affect the country's ability to fund itself even further, Nouriel Roubini, Chairman of Roubini Global Economics, told CNBC on Friday.

  • Bank Panel Report Set to Cheer Investors Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 3:18 AM ET
    A woman leaves a branch of Barclays Bank in central London, Monday, April 23, 2007. ABN Amro NV and Barclays PLC announced Monday they have agreed to merge, in the largest cross-border combination in European banking history. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Sir John Vickers’ Independent Commission on Banking is to recommend the creation of separately capitalized UK retail banking operations, ringfenced within big bank holding companies, according to three people familiar with the process.