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Stocks climbed to near the highs of the day ahead of the close as investors stepped back into the market to send it broadly higher after all the major indices fell to their lows for the year on Wednesday. HP and Chevron rose, while Kraft fell.
We don't know if there has been any positive effect from dropping water, and even if power is restored tomorrow it's not clear that the water pumps will operate: they too may have been damaged.
Over the last ten years, the California Public Employees' Retirement System, CalPERS, has yearly averaged a 4.5 percent return, yet the pension fund is trying to achieve a 7.75 rate of return over the long-term, the CIO of CalPERS, told CNBC on Thursday.
"Until investors know the extent of the damage and nuclear fallout in Japan, the only certainty in the capital markets is that uncertainty will prevail," one strategist says.
What will happen to Amazon if it’s forced to collect taxes on all of its sales?
Stocks climbed back from the lows of the year on Thursday amid largely strong economic reports and after sharp drops in all the major indices on Wednesday. HP and Chevron led Dow gainers.
This week's market action has left a lot to be desired. But given everything that is going on, we should probably be thankful. After falling some 4-5% from its recent highs, the S&P 500 remains in positive territory for the year.
As the Tokyo Electric Power began throwing everything at the reactor problem, Japanese big cap stocks like Sony (SNE) and Panasonic (PC) have been rising (Sony is down nearly 20 percent in the past week), as have big miners like BHP Billiton (BBL) and Rio Tinto (RIO), which are up 3 or 4 percent.
Announcements of proposed deals appear to be designed more as a way to spark interest in a deal.
After reading David Pogue’s excellent piece this morning in the New York Times on Zediva, a new rival to Netflix, I went to the website to check out who is behind the company.
U.S. stock index futures gained after news that jobless claims dropped to 385,000 and consumer inflation was in line with expectations.
"A sense of calm with an undercurrent of mild panic," is how one Bahraini described the scene at Bahrain International Airport Thursday morning,after the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) cleared the country's Pearl Roundabout area of anti-government protestors, killing at least three people.
See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Thursday's Squawk on the Street.
US stock index futures pointed to sharp gains for Wall Street Thursday as the market clawed back from a steep selloff Wednesday when the S&P 500 erased all its year-to-date gains amid concerns over the impact of Japan’s nuclear crisis.
Here's what you should be watching Thursday, March 17.
Stocks fell to the lows of the year on Wednesday in a volatile session driven by fears stemming from Japan's nuclear crisis. IBM and GE led the blue-chip index lower.
Stocks traded off the lows of the day, but remained sharply down in a volatile session after news reports that Tokyo Electric Power almost completed a power line that could restore electricity to the stricken nuclear power plant and potentially solve the immediate crisis. IBM and GE led the Dow lower.
AP is reporting that Tokyo Electric Power has almost completed a new power line that could restore electricity to the crippled nuclear power plants.
Fear is in a bull market. The VIX, which measures prices for puts and is often called the "fear index," jumped 26% today and hit the the same it did the day Lehman filed for bankruptcy.
Mad Money host Jim Cramer shares his views on the markets.