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Unusual bifurcation in global markets today: Asian markets down across the board (many are in correction mode, more on that later), European markets up across the board. German IFO business confidence jumped the highest since April; a similar survey in France was also strong. Also: Street applauds GE earnings.
Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan defended the banking giant's quarterly performance in a CNBC interview Friday, acknowledging continuing problems with its mortgage business but saying the bank's core operations are in good shape.
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Stock index futures pointed to a higher open after a handful of companies reported better-than-expected earnings.
Policy makers are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out from under crushing debts, including the pensions they have promised to retired public workers, the New York Times reports.
Bank of America and General Electric are two heavy weights whose earnings should steer stocks into Friday's opening bell.
Stocks closed far off the lows of the session, with the broad market ending largely flat, as investors weighed mixed earnings and economic reports and tech stocks sank for a second day.
Senior citizens typically live on fixed incomes, and if they haven’t planned wisely, they can even be in danger of outliving their savings. But you can’t take it with you, and what fun are the golden years without spreading around some gold?
For the cynics who say existing home sales only measures closings and is not a good forward indicator, can I point out that pending home sales (which measures contracts signed) are also up 14 percent in the last two months.
Stocks held slight losses before the close, after a breif stint in positive territory, as investors weighed mixed earnings and economic reports and tech stocks sank for a second day. Caterpillar and DuPont fell, while Home Depot rose.
Chinese President Hu Jintao is in Washington this week meeting with President Obama and members of Congress. While the meetings are reportedly cordial, there isn’t much agreement economically. No surprise.
The company has spent more than $6 billion in acquisitions in recent months, and investors have been attracted to its 3 percent dividend yield as well as its growth prospects.
Department store shares up big on a down day. Dillards has said they are forming a REIT subsidiary. Why do this? Because for some retailers, the value is not in the brand or the merchandise, or the CEO vision — it's in the real estate.
Google has beaten analyst earnings estimates three out of four earnings periods, and its stock typically opens higher after a beat, but the bulk of its gains are made immediately following its report in after-hours trading, according to Birinyi Associates.
Hidden among an otherwise sea of red due to China fears, some markets rallied: Athens' ASE up 2.6 percent, Portugal's PS120 up 1.1 percent and Spain's IBEX spacer up 0.76 percent. More importantly, there's a growing bid under peripheral European debt.
One-day drops of 10 percent, 20 percent—even 50 percent—aren’t uncommon in these (I like to call) high-wire-act names. If you were ever looking for proof of a momentum-driven market, otherwise known as a lack of conviction in weak hands, these drops prove it.
Markets are probably due for a pullback in the near-term, but for the first half of 2011, stock are going to move higher, said Andrew Kanaly, chairman of Kanaly Trust Company.
The outlook for GDP growth is better, but hardly exceptional, through the first half of 2011—something in the range of 3.3 percent through mid-2011. Inflation will remain below 2.5 percent and unemployment will remain at or above 9 percent into 2012.
To Aubrey McClendon, who runs the country’s second-largest natural-gas producer, the commodity’s downward spiral isn’t a threat. In fact, he says, if gas prices skidded to zero, his company could still make money.
Stocks off their highs as the January Philly Fed survey came in below expectations; more importantly, the prices paid component (an indicator of inflation) rose from 47.9 to 54.3. Above 50 indicates expansion.