Market Outlook


  • Drop Defensive Trade, No Double Dip Ahead: Barclays Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 8:41 AM ET

    Investors have reason to be more optimistic again and should start taking on more risk as the likelihood of a new global recession has faded, Larry Kantor, Head of Research at Barclays Capital said on Friday.

  • US stock index futures pointed to a mixed open for Wall Street, with Greece still locked in talks with private creditors over a haircut on some of its bonds and ahead of earnings by market bellwether General Electric. European shares have retreated from recent highs, with tech stocks very much in focus, but showing mixed performances.

  • U.S. Market Lookahead: Facebook vs. Google     Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 6:00 AM ET

    People spend so much time on Facebook that the ads might be getting more effective, reports CNBC's Brian Shactman, who adds there might be an ad war brewing between Facebook and Google; Enterprise spending is healthy right now as companies try to become more efficient by spending money on cyber security; and volume is still light and analysts say the rally doesn't have much conviction.

  • S&P 500 futures suggest Wall Street will pull back fractionally from near 6-month highs with Google being the only real disappointment in earnings. European shares retreated today from their 5-1/2-month highs in the previous session as major stock index neared an "overbought" territory. Asian shares rose to fresh two-month highs as solid euro zone sovereign debt sales and signs that Greece may be nearing a vital debt-swap deal eased concerns over Europe's refinancing capability, boosting appetite for riskier assets.

  • FTSE, DAX, CAC Seen Flat; Greek Debt Talks Progress Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 1:05 AM ET
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    European stocks were called to open flat to lower on Friday tracking Asia overnight where shares rose to two-month highs following successful European debt auctions on Thursday and mixed earnings data from the US.

  • The Bulls Keep Running     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 7:34 PM ET

    The market rally is shaping up to be the best start to a new year in more than a decade. So, how do investors play this run-up? Brian Kelly, Shelter Harbor Capital, and Jeffrey Kleintop, LPL , Financial, provide perspective.

  • Mad Money Mail & Tweets     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 6:58 PM ET

    Mad Money host Jim Cramer answers viewer emails and "tweets" on stock and investment questions.

  • Cramer Examines Earnings & Charting Risk     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 6:45 PM ET

    Cramer explains why it's important for investors to examine geopolitical risk and take a look at a stock's chart ahead of its quarter.

  • Cramer Explains Why Gross Margins Matter     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 6:25 PM ET

    If investors don't know the direction of a company's gross margins, says Mad Money's Cramer, then they won't know the direction the stock is going to take.

  • Comparing Earnings Against the Competition     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 6:15 PM ET

    Cramer explains why it's important for investors to measure a stock's earnings growth and its quality of earnings growth against other companies in its sector.

  • Cramer: What to Look at in Earnings Reports     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 6:00 PM ET

    Mad Money host Jim Cramer explains why he uses the PEG ratio to figure out the growth rates of a stock.

  • Options Action: Hedging Your Bets     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 5:48 PM ET

    An options strategy on hedging your long position on KBH, by using an overwrite, with Mike Khouw, Cantor Fitzgerald.

  • Volatility Playbook: VIX Dips Below 20     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 5:30 PM ET

    A trade on market uncertainty, as the VIX hits its lowest level since the S&P downgrade of the U.S., with Pete Najarian, Optionmonster.

  • Google's Big Q4 Earnings Miss     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 5:00 PM ET

    The Fast Money traders weigh in on Google's huge earnings miss and how to play it, and CNBC's Jon Fortt has the latest details from Google's conference call, saying the company's "clicks" are up but still revenue & EPS dropped. Also, Fast Money's Jon Najarian weighs in on the best tech trades to make, and the after hours action on Microsoft, with the Fast Money crew.

  • Closing Bell Exchange     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    The CNBC news team break down the market moving headlines before the end of the trading day.

  • Natural Gas Outlook: How Low Can it Go?     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports on the continuous slide in natural gas prices, now at a 10-year low, and how investors who bet on a bounce are getting burned.

  • Hunt for Yield     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 3:40 PM ET

    Strategies for investing in fixed income instruments, with Christian Mundigo and Kip Testwuide, BNP Paribas co-heads of sales for fixed income.

  • As Stocks Rally, Where to Invest?     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 3:30 PM ET

    Insight on why investors should focus on what others may be ignoring, with Ann Miletti, Wells Fargo Advantage Funds and Howard Present, F-Squared Investments.

  • Managing Risk in 2012     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 3:15 PM ET

    Despite the challenges that could be ahead, derivatives are crucial when it comes to risk management, says Ed Speal, BNP Paribas managing director, global head of GECD, Americas.

  • Stocks Signaling a Breakout?     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 2:42 PM ET

    A look at charts from technicals to internals and what the numbers are saying, with Katie Stockton, MKM Partners.

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