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"Citigroup for all practical purposes is going to be a brand new company and it has to be assessed as a brand new company," says one strategist. "What they did in the past doesn't exist anymore."
Stocks struggled Friday as investors digested mixed readings on the consumer: Retail sales rose unexpectedly last month, while consumer sentiment softened.
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Markets mostly fell on Friday after a report showed consumer sentiment softened in March. Boris Schlossberg, director of research at GFT Forex, Ben Lichtenstein, president of TradersAudio and Peter Beutel, president of Cameron Hanover shared their outlooks on equities, currencies and commodities.
Stocks slipped into the red Friday after a report showed consumer sentiment softened in March.
The current market "is very much based on fundamentals," said Paul Schulte, head of multi-strategy research at Nomura International. He told CNBC what he's watching "as we move into Monday."
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S&P futures moved up about 4 points as February retail sales were much stronger than expected, up 0.3 percent vs. consensus of a drop of 0.2 percent; ex-autos up 0.9 percent, also way better than decline of 0.2 percent expected. These are impressive numbers, especially given the snowstorms.
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U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open for Wall Street Friday after Thursday's rally in the final hour of trading and with investors watching consumer data due later Friday.
Sentiment has turned positive for Citigroup, as well as the banking sector overall, Royce Tostrams, technical analyst at Tostrams Groep, told CNBC on Friday.
Traders were buying AES calls in large numbers yesterday, the second time this week that the interntional power company has seen upside option activity.
Avoid stocks and bonds and go for real assets as economic fundamentals are still weak, advised Roman Scott, managing director at Calamander Capital.
Markets will hinge Friday on two key pieces of data tied to the consumer - retail sales for February and the University of Michigan consumer sentiment report.
Markets are at a “very important” point and if we don’t see a breakout in the next two or three days, we’ll go into a correction, said Clem Chambers, CEO of ADVFN. He shared his market outlook.
Stocks rallied in the final hour of trading Thursday, pushing the S&P to a 17-month high above 1,150. Banks finished strong, with Citi up over 5 percent.
S&P 500 closes at 1150.24, a 52-week high. One of the last technical hurdles was breached at the close today, as the S&P 500 closed at its highest level since October 1, 2008. The big cap index has now joined the Nasdaq, Russell 2000 and S&P Midcap, all at new highs. How strong has this slow melt-up been?
Financial reform is in trouble. The Democrats going their own way on financial reform makes the whole effort more problematic. The death of financial reform would be a short term positive for bank stocks (market views lack of change as good, no matter what is passed it will hurt earnings) but in the long run a negative, as these businesses need a more comprehensive regulatory structure. Why..?