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Black October wiped out $2.5 trillion in investor wealth tied to stocks. This is starting to cause investors and academics to rethink the concept of 'stocks for the long run', an investment strategy championed by the likes of Warren Buffett and John Bogle.
Stocks are stuck in the bear market's tight grip and just can't shake loose, even for seemingly good news.
The Dow rallied over 250 points around the two o'clock hour, then sold right into it. It rallied back a bit in the last 15 minutes. This, despite several pieces of good news in the last two days:
Stocks rallied (though they are now off their highs), largely on the Fannie Mae announcement on mortgage forbearance. Though it was leaked a few hours ago, it was only known that an announcement would be made today shortly before the 2 PM conference.
By becoming a bank holding company, they are trying to broaden their funding sources, and will gain greater access to capital under the current and any future government-sponsored programs.
More gloomy economic news heightened fears of a deep-set global recession and weighed on global stocks Tuesday. As a result, strategists are lowering their estimates for corporate earnings next year. When will the turmoil end? CNBC's experts have their say:
Clermont Wealth Strategies is 'underweight' the entire consumer discretionary sector, which includes retailers, Rob Morgan, market strategist at Clermont Wealth Strategies said.
Goldman Sachs, which acted for the state of California in selling bonds, has urged some of its big clients to place investment bets against some of those bonds this year, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Until we see these numbers exceeded on volume, we remain in a market that begs to buy pullbacks to support and sell rallies into resistance. While there are individual opportunities (both on the long and short side), trading is for the very nimble only, and cash is a very good position right now unless one is highly skilled at daytrading or scalping.
We are now in the midst of what one trader called "The Great Boredom," that period where we know the economy is going to slow dramatically, but it is too early to aggressively buy a rebound.
Global stocks got a boost after the announcement of China's near-$600 billion stimulus package. After last week's rollercoaster ride, CNBC's experts believe there is a strong chance that this is the beginning of a major year-end rally.
Like most analysts, Rod Lache has concluded that a government bailout is not likely to help the shares, that even with a bailout GM's future, if it is not in bankruptcy, is likely to be "bankruptcy-like."
Like anxious relatives in a hospital room, investors have been watching the economy get sicker and sicker with new symptoms surfacing daily.
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For the week, the major industries saw uniform declines: Dow Industrials down 4.1 percent, S&P 500 down 3.9 percent, NASDAQ down 4.3 percent. However, financials were down 8.1 percent, while consumer staples were down only 1.2 percent.
He did talk about an extension of unemployment benefits, and that a fiscal stimulus plan that will jumpstart economic growth "is long overdue."
Under normal circumstances, companies try to put the best face on bad news. But we are not in normal circumstances.
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When all was said and done, futures are relatively flat. The game plan for the past two days has been to short the market going into the jobs report, and if it was not dramatically worse to push a modest rally.
Morgan Stanley's European research team issued a call to invest in stocks in its latest strategy piece, as quantitative models measuring valuation, risk, fundamentals and capitulation are now all flashing "buy" signals, Ronan Carr from Morgan Stanley told CNBC.