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Wall Street shook off more signs of consumer weakness and instead focused on plunging oil prices, sending stocks up as financials continued to gain.
Yesterday it was Europe announcing weak economic growth, today it is Hong Kong, where Q2 GDP fell by 1.4 percent quarter-over-quarter. Year-over-year, GDP rose 4.2%, the slowest gain since Q3 2003. Higher costs from China, as well as weaker demand, was the culprit.
It's hard to see Friday's markets as anything but volatile after this past week's wild swings. But if there are no out of the ordinary events, traders say the stock market just might quiet down late in the session as investors head off for one of the final weekends of the summer.
In this Web Extra the traders reveal their Fast & Furious trades for Friday. We didn’t have time on TV but you’ll find them all here!
Medal Round - Day 2: The US continues to outperform, but India's Sensex has surged forward to second place.
Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of General Motors and Amazon popped while Newmont Mining and Alpha Natural Resources dropped.
As every week, the Fast Money crew takes a look back at some of their less-accurate trades and plays. After all, as Dylan remarks, "nobody says they're perfect around here."
What can be expected as earnings season begins for the retailers? It was a rough start, with lower-than-expected numbers released yesterday. But with the downward movement of oil and the strengthening US dollar, retail may see an upswing.
Stocks could sprint higher into the coming week, as a strengthening dollar and declining commodities prices encourage buyers hoping for a reprieve from inflation.
Karen Finerman of the Fast Money team joins Dylan Ratigan for the last Final Call of the week, and their discussion revolves on how oil has "jerked around" retailers.
Here's the Thursday edition of the Fast Money Final Trade. The crew presents tomorrow's best trades, right now!
"[The] stock market: a loser across the board. It was a loser early, it stayed a loser and became a bigger loser as the day went on," Dylan summed up Thursday's trading with that one statement, as AIG and Wal-mart lead the Dow's one-day, 225-point dive. A few lone tech stocks were the only winners in an otherwise distressed market. Adding to the bearish environment was the morning's new jobless claim numbers, the highest reported in several months.
Early July sales results from retailers have been disappointing, with many falling short of analyst estimates. It also appears that the benefit from tax rebate checks is beginning to wane.
Futures are down nearly 10 points, not surprising given AIG, a strange but generally disappointing retail sales report, and jobless claims higher than expected.
Here's our Fast Money Final Trade. Tomorrow's best trades, right now!
Investors will get a glimpse of how much cash-strapped consumers are willing to spend in the key back-to-school shopping season when major U.S. retail chains release July sales results Thursday.
Dylan Ratigan says the oil plunge is helping consumer stocks.
Following are the week’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of T. Rowe Price and Honda popped while General Motors and Costco dropped.
Stocks pulled off modest gains Friday as enthusiasm for some better-than-expected economic reports outshined a warning from S&P of a possible downgrade on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.