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The euro fell against the dollar and the yen Monday ahead of the European Central Bank's interest-rate decision on Thursday. Experts tell CNBC that the single euro-zone currency will experience headwinds this year.
Stocks in the coming week will start to navigate a mine field of fourth quarter earnings reports and economic data, none of which is expected to be good.
Certified financial planner and retirement expert Bill Losey has the answer - and a suggestion for what to do instead.
The jobs report was bad, but not the worst case scenario that some were expecting. Two stocks declined for every one advancing, but volume was again on the light side. The big worry right now is earnings revisions.
It's unlikely that today's jobs report will result in a big increase in the stimulus package, but there is still a lot of detail that will materialize in the next two weeks.
U.S. employers slashed payrolls by 524,000 in December, driving the unemployment rate to its highest level in almost 16 years, suggesting that the year-long recession was deepening.
524,000 jobs lost in December is pretty terrible, in line with estimates, but it is well below the whisper numbers of 600-700,000 that many were expecting. Despite the poor numbers, it is doubtful this will dramatically increase the size of the stimulus package.
Global stocks, emerging market currencies and high-grade credit all benefited in the last month from a steady improvement in investors' risk tolerance.
The December jobs report has been hanging over the markets like a dark cloud all week. Its importance has grown larger by the day as economists ratcheted up their expectations for job losses.
Despite tremendous fear that the nonfarm payroll report would be a complete disaster tomorrow, traders acted like there was little urgency. Volume was light, volatility was low and with the exception of one sector (retail) all S&P sectors were up or down less than one percent.
And no, there's not much you can do about it, Bill Losey explains.
President-elect Obama's speech on the economy this morning is designed to hammer one point home: if the government does not act aggressively, the recession could linger for years.
Futures dropped 5 points on disappointing guidance from Wal-Mart. We were expecting a poor December retail sales report, and for the most part it did not disappoint.
Oil was steady Thursday after a surprising increase in inventories unleashed a brutal 12 percent selloff on Wednesday. Despite OPEC's massive supply cuts to help boost the price, experts tell CNBC the commodity’s price is likely to fall further.
Global stocks were in the red Thursday after dire U.S. employment data cooled investors' willingness to take risks for higher returns. But experts tell CNBC there are bargains out there.
December sales reports from the nation's chain stores could send a chill through an already shaky stock market Thursday.
Call this one Reality Check Part Two: a weaker than expected ADP report, along with disappointing earnings guidance from Time Warner and Intel, a big restructuring from Alcoa, and an 11 percent pullback in oil which pulled commodities and commodity stocks down all weighed on the markets today.
Morningstar has an answer for anyone asking if Warren Buffett has lost his touch. While acknowledging the choice may be a "tad controversial" right now, the investment research firm has named Warren Buffett its 2008 CEO of the Year.
The S&P 500 rose in 6 of the last 8 trading sessions for a gain of 8.2 percent. But today's news, with several companies indicating that earnings will be even worse than lowered expectations, has some of the hallmarks of at least a short-term trading top.
Futures dropped about 5 points as the ADP said 693,000 private sector jobs were lost in December, much greater than the expected loss of 515,000. However, there was a change in methodology that was designed to close the gap between the ADP report and the nonfarm payroll report.