Stephen Macklow-Smith, European equities portfolio manager at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, discusses European stocks after the market's worst week this year.» Read More
Worry about slowing economic growth and a new bout of credit fears ignited the global sell off in stocks which continues into the U.S. open. Wall Street was the first market to spiral downward in Friday's big sell off amid worries the U.S. sub prime mess will take longer to sweep away than expected and is fanning out into other types of credits.
Fear returned to Wall Street this past week, and the Fed's meeting Oct. 31 is now being looked at as a necessary balm for the markets. Rightly or wrongly, that's how traders are see it, and they now expect the Fed to cut its target Fed funds rate and probably discount rate by a quarter point at that meeting.
AmEx on Monday will tell us about how consumer spending looks, but the pattern is clear: CEOs are talking down expectations. Sound familiar? They did this before! At the end of Q1, there were all sorts of comments from CEOs not to expect much in Q2 and Q3.
We are down today and here's some of the explanation: energy and industrial companies are emphasizing the slowdown in the U.S., while noting growth overseas. This is causing traders to question earnings assumptions for Q4 and 2008.
As with Union Pacific, Caterpillar came out with very cautious commentary. Caterpillar's third quarter earnings were slightly below expecations, and they lowered 2007 outlook (down 3% pre-open), but the name of the game is to lower expectations overall.
Some big earnings reports and the afterglow of Google's solid profit report will compete with worries about credit issues and the background chatter of G-7 officials Friday. The U.S. dollar's record-setting slide and oil's record-setting rise will also be a focus. Oil broke through a record $90 per barrel in electronic trading Thursday evening.
I know what you're thinking...man, when is earnings season going to end? We're only through one-fourth of the S&P 500 earnings, and it seems like it's been going on...forever. It's a little bit of an illusion. The problem is that, as Nick Raich points out, the first part of earnings season
You can hear the wings flapping in the Treasury market, as the big flight to safety trade that started yesterday continues. The dollar is skidding to new lows, and a bit of fear has returned to the street.
Midday observations: Bank of America joining Citi in essentially announcing they are eliminating their share buyback program (to be technical, the headline said "only limited share buybacks until late '08"). It's likely that their hefty $2.56 dividend (5.3% yield) is safe, for the time being.
Stocks are struggling with familiar problems this morning: 1) The Yen has rallied against the dollar and other currencies, again reviving concerns about the yen carry trade unwinding; European equities are lower.
Technology has been a big lure in an otherwise fishy stock market this week.
Here's what we have today: 1) Fed Beige Book a little more downbeat, talking about slower growth and softer consumer, but noting that global growth remains strong.
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The markets are having trouble holding their gains for a very simple reason: the decline in building permits suggests further decreases in housing starts in the months ahead. Here is a point where the bears may have some traction...
The good news that tech stocks are, for the most part, living up to the recent price run ups is being slightly overshadowed by the growing evidence that the weakness in the U.S. housing business is spreading into other areas...
United Technologies is THE classic global growth stock. Like truly global stocks, they get more than half their sales outside the U.S.: 49% from U.S., 25% from Europe, 15% from Asia/Pacific, 10% elsewhere.
Here are my morning observations: 1) Techs come through: after the disappointment of yesterday, when many regional banks hit new lows, the news flow is far more positive. We said last week techs had to make some positive noises to justify their recent runups: Yahoo, Intel, and Seagate all were better than expected.
Wall Street will try to shake off its housing induced malaise on Wednesday, with the help of some good earnings news from the tech world. But key inflation and housing data and another batch of major earnings before the bell will be play a big role in deciding the course for stocks.
Today's disappointing earnings commentary from regional bank giants Wells Fargo and KeyCorp drove many regional banks to new lows. Analysts note that many banks are facing slowing loan growth, weak deposit growth, and potentially higher losses on residential and (in some cases) commercial mortgage.