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Stock futures point lower this morning after a weak showing in equities markets worldwide. European stocks are trading lower, and Asian markets were mostly down overnight. Volatility will no doubt be the tone of the day, as the Fed starts its two-day meeting. Durable goods fell 2.8%, below expectations. The dollar slid after the report and Treasurys rallied.
Stocks finished lower in a choppy session that was overshadowed by concerns about the housing slowdown and a meltdown in the subprime mortgage industry. "The financials tend to lead the market down and that's what they were doing today," said Robert Albertson, chief strategist at Sandler O'Neill. "I think it goes well beyond subprime. "
U.S. oil giants Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips both left huge crude projects in Venezuela's Orinoco Belt after President Hugo Chavez nationalized them as part of his socialist revolution. Venezuela is the fourth biggest supplier of oil to the United States.
The main challengers to U.S. economic power -- Brazil, Russia, India and China -- have overtaken the United States in dominating the global energy industry, according to a new study by Goldman Sachs.
Stocks ended lower as investors were rattled by concerns regarded leveraged mortgage securities held by two Bear Stearns hedge funds. "We will see a splash near term as some of these funds need to unwind positions in paper that really isn't traded too much," said Jack Ablin of Harris Private Bank.
John Kilduff, senior vice president and energy analyst at Man Financial, appeared on CNBC's special "Power Lunch at the Four Seasons" to give his outlook for oil and gasoline -- and to explain why easing tensions in Nigeria haven't made him bearish on either.
Stocks ended the week lower as investors were rattled by rising energy prices and worries about the potential fallout from two struggling mortgage securities funds managed by Bear Stearns.
Stocks closed higher as investors were encouraged by solid economic data amid a broad rally in technology stocks. "We were pretty oversold yesterday," said Tom Schrader, managing director of US listed trading at Stifel Nicolaus. "We had some good news from the tech sector which propelled the Nasdaq higher."
Stocks closed higher, with the Dow staging its biggest two-day gain since August 2006, as interest rates stabilized. "It's a little bit of a bounce because we got really oversold last week," said Tom Schrader, managing director of US listed trading at Stifel Nicolaus. "People are doing a little bargain hunting."
Stocks closed flat as the markets failed to hang onto a minor afternoon rally. "As volatility starts to pick up again, people have begun to realize that the probability of the Fed easing here is very, very low -- maybe even a better probability the Fed tightens here," said Richard Bernstein, chief investment strategist at Merrill Lynch.
ExxonMobil, which holds its annual meeting today, will attempt to allay shareholder concerns about environmental and governance issues, including whether Chairman Rex Tillerson should be reelected. One analyst said that despite public concern for the environment, which he attributes to higher energy prices and surging gas prices at the pump, Exxon's primary responsibility of making money for investors in the long term hasn't changed.
Norway's Statoil posted weaker-than-expected first-quarter profit due to lower oil and gas prices on Wednesday, but said it was poised to grow after resolving production problems at several North Sea fields.
Stocks closed moderately higher, with the Dow rising in late trading, as investors found encouragement in continued M&A news. "The private equity game, in my view, is in the early innings and corporate credit spreads are telling you that," said Jason Trennert, chief investment strategist at Strategas Research Partners.
People just don’t believe Cramer when he says he thinks the Dow Jones Industrial Average will see 14,548 by year’s end. That’s why all week he’s breaking down each component of the index to show the nonbelievers from where the next 1,000 points is coming. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
BP shut down a quarter of its 400,000 barrels-per-day Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska after finding a leaky water pipe Monday, a company spokesman said.
Even with a bull market raging on, corporate America is still making like Ebenezer Scrooge when it comes to sharing the wealth with shareholders. Exxon Mobil (XOM), Microsoft (MSFT), Pfizer (PFE) and Cisco (CSCO) are all sitting on more than $20 billion, individually. Shareholders need to start demanding they put this money to work or return it. So which stocks should you buy in anticipation of that?
On Stop Trading! today, Cramer reiterated his bullish stance on the oil drillers. Also, when it comes to tech -- look out below.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
Most analysts believe the market is due for a modest correction, but many traders are reluctant to sell in the face of strong earnings, massive liquidity and daily deals. "I don't think there's anything to be that bearish about," Stephen Leeb, research chairman for The Complete Investor, told CNBC.com. "There's no recession, valuations are basically very reasonable and there are massive amounts of cash on the sidelines."
Share buybacks are seen driving the market rally. But is the record buyback level really a good thing? Jerry Castellini thinks so. The president and CIO of CastleArk Management explained his optimism to "Squawk on the Street" viewers.
Friday--today--is the last day of Trading With The Stars--and only transactions that were input by 4 pm ET Thursday will make a difference in their standings. As the Dow fell almost 150 points, Ernie Hudson was the only celeb to show a portfolio gain Thursday--on Gmarket. Jonathan Tucker regained the top spot, and Stephen Collins fell back into second on heavy losses in Golden Telecom. Meanwhile, Chris Moneymaker got crushed on Allscripts Healthcare, which has cost him $181,862.60 since he purchased it on 5/8, and he is now in last place. James Cromwell was hit hard by Knot Inc. which cost him $160K dropping him from 4th to 8th.