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December has failed to produce a significant rally for stocks, but the fact that they have held current levels bodes well for the New Year, Sandy Jadeja, technical analyst from ODL Securities, told CNBC.
Squawk Outside the Box takes a look back on a tumultuous year for the financial markets.
It sure feels like a holiday on Wall Street but without the merry making. Monday's wishy washy market ended lower and traders said they expect more of the same low volume trading Tuesday.
Drifting lower on light volume: is this what the first quarter of 2009 will look like? Stocks moved lower today, with declines accelerating midday, but a rebound in the last half hour limited the losses.
You see what's happening today? Drifting lower, on no volume, with no one particularly caring? The worry is that this could like a lot like the first part of next year, when days of heavy volume (thanks to post-Madoff redemptions) are punctuated by days where little buying and selling occurs.
The Bernie Madoff story is making us all re-evaluate where we have our money. Let's make sure, if nothing else, it teaches us to be wary of potential cons.
We have been seeing volatility and volumes decline for the past two weeks. Whether this is due to the Christmas slowdown or to a genuine belief that stock volatility will be moving down in the coming months is hotly debated.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 will rebound in the first quarter of next year as incoming President Barack Obama is likely to boost investor sentiment, Robin Griffiths, technical strategist at Cazenove Capital, told CNBC.
The screeching volatility that has been the hallmark of the stock market this year may take a break for the holidays.
On Friday, stocks are holding onto modest gains. The news the government is extending $17.4 billion in loans to Chrysler and General Motors was well received at the open, but markets haven't been able to sustain those gains. Retailers are acting squirrely on concerns about weak Christmas spending, and financials are mixed after Standard & Poor's cut its outlook and ratings on 12 major banks. One thing giving traders hope: the continued slide in the VIX.
I am still out of the office, as you may have noticed. I'll be back next week with new posts from the trading floor. See you then.
Global markets were down Friday, tracking Wall Street's overnight losses. The dollar continued to fall, on track for the biggest weekly decline since 1985, and oil remained near 4-1/2 year lows.
Despite many central banks lowering interest rates toward zero, and planning quantitative easing while flooding the markets with money, experts interviewed by CNBC see recession taking its toll and predict years of disinflation.
Global markets look set to remain volatile until year-end, as the dollar reverses several months of gains and hits a 2-1/2 month low against the euro, and as oil falls to the $40-a-barrel level despite OPEC's historic supply cut.
For brave investors getting back into stocks, Juerg Zingg, managing partner at Q Investments, says that Xstrata, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton are smart bets in the basic resource sector; while oil services companies like Fugro, Seadrill and Noble Corp. are attractive; and refiners such as Valero and Petroplus look good.
As the end of the year closes in, volumes in global markets remain low, with many indexes trading sideways, as investors remain in government bonds for both safety and yield.
The European DJ Stoxx 600 Index could be due for a 36 percent rally and offers a relatively low risk at the moment, Edward Loef, technical analyst at Theodoor Gilissen Bankiers, told CNBC.
Investors are still sorting out what the Fed's moves this week mean, but if you look at some corners of the credit markets, there are signs of thaw.