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There is rarely a happy ending when the price of crude jumps sharply, Stephen King, the chief economist at HSBC in London, said.
A JPMorgan fund is in talks to acquire a substantial stake in Twitter, one of the fastest-growing social networking sites.
Legendary investor Jim Rogers says the bull market in commodities is "still in place" and has a "long way to go."
Even without rebellion in Libya and protests across the Middle East next week, the markets will consider Congressional testimony from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, and a long list of economic reports, including the February employment report on Friday.
Thursday's violent swings in oil prices put in a "blow off" top for WTI crude, and the market is in a neutral zone with a bias is to the upside, said oil analyst Mike Fitzpatrick.
Stocks broke three consecutive sessions of losses to end higher amid light volume, led by financial and tech stocks, and as oil prices stabilized. Intel rose, while Microsoft fell.
Stocks broke three consecutive sessions of losses to climb higher, led by the technology and financial stocks, as oil prices stabilized at lower levels. Boeing fell, while Wal-Mart rose.
Most stocks are recovering today after a drubbing earlier in the week, but some are not...with good reason. Because if $100 oil is the new normal, there's a whole new round of cost hikes and margin squeezes coming.
Just because prices are going up doesn't mean your portfolio has to suffer. An inflationary environment may be difficult for a lot of companies, but there are some names that appear poised to profit.
With much speculation about how high oil prices will go amid the unrest throughout the Middle East, one CEO told CNBC on Friday that oil will actually go down, to as little as $70 a barrel.
"When people don't know, they hunker down and own less risk," the equity strategist said. "If you think more of this is coming, you sell some stocks, buy some Treasurys, and buy some gold...and I wouldn't make that trade."
Stocks came off the highs of the session but still rose after a mixed batch of economic news, but as oil prices stabilized at lower levels. Intel gained, while Wal-Mart stumbled.
Oil prices have seen wild moves in recent days amid increasing violence in the Mideast, but the options market is telling us the roller-coaster ride may be over.
Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.
Stocks opened higher Friday, even after the second estimate for Q4 GDP, at 2.8 percent, came in well below expectations of 3.3 percent; the prior estimate was 3.2 percent. The recovery is clearly going to be slower than hoped, and joblessness is going to remain higher longer.
As the most volatile week in months winds down, investors are more likely to quietly square positions Friday, ahead of the weekend and month end.
U.S. stock index futures rose ahead of the open, although gains were pared somewhat after a lower-than-expected revision to the fourth-quarter Gross Domestic Product.
See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Friday's Squawk on the Street.
Ireland goes to the polls on Friday in a general election expected to sweep the ruling coalition from power – the first defeat for a eurozone government since the onset of the debt crisis.
The world is going to become richer and richer as developing economies play catch up over the coming years, according to Willem Buiter, chief economist at Citigroup.