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The massive ice jam around credit markets is beginning to show signs of thawing under the heat of government intervention. As investors are distracted by the wild gyrations in the stock, the credit markets this week are showing signs that a slow healing process may be taking hold.
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The markets are up about 2.5% in early morning trading on strength overnight in Asian markets, solid earnings reports, and a better-than-expected GDP number.
Asian markets traded higher Thursday, with the Nikkei 225 Average closing almost 10 percent higher. CNBC's experts believe the index can keep climbing, while the rally in Western markets may be shortlived.
The S&P 500 has likely hit its lows for the current crisis and is set for an "extremely good rally" of at least 25 percent, Robin Griffiths, technical strategist from Cazenove Capital, told CNBC.
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Stocks will likely rock and roll again Thursday. Wednesday's market was particularly volatile, although for a good part of the day it was unusually calm as investors waited for the Fed's rate decision. In the final half hour, the Dow wiped out a big gain to end 74 points lower. The Dow was up 298 at its peak, and down 174 at its low point.
Talk about a disappointment. The Dow moved over 400 points in about 5 minutes into the close. This is not easy to sort out, but most traders put the bulk of the blame for the sell-off on purported comments from General Electric (our parent network) CEO Jeff Immelt that he wants to keep 2009 profit expectations even if revenues fall 10 to 15 percent.
There are also a few mechanical events that may be making a difference. Some mutual funds, for example, end their fiscal year on October 31, and there is some speculation that funds will be taking losses to offset any capital gains.
S&P futures have been positive only briefly late in the morning, however there has again been a 40-point swing from the high to the lows. Bottom line is that pre-open volatility continues.
Stock markets have been boosted by rallies but investors should trade with care, experts recommend.
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Stocks on Wednesday can't help but feel some of the spillover of Tuesday's euphoric upswing, as the Fed winds down its two-day meeting with an anticipated rate cut.
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At the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association conference, in the middle of a debate with CEOs from four of the largest financial firms in the country, an entire room full of securities professionals began nervously checking their BlackBerrys at 3:58 to see how the market was closing.
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Another day, another 300 plus point swing in the Dow. The good news today, the action so far has been pretty much to the upside.