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Despite the positive economic news, there is concern about the consumer out there. Morgan Stanley just downgraded large cap banks like Citi, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo; the note was ominously titled, " Consumer Contagion Coming."
Countrywide Financial Chief Executive Angelo Mozilo on Friday said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an informal inquiry into his stock sales, confirming previous reports, and that he and the company are cooperating.
Bank of America on Thursday said it will stop offering home mortgages through brokers by the end of the year, resulting in a loss of 700 jobs, so that it may focus on lending directly to consumers.
Some positive earnings news is putting a floor under stocks but economic news and credit worries could be the ceiling. Durable goods data this morning showed signs of weakness, but new home sales rose a 4.8% to 770,000, a positive pickup after a decline in August. Forecasts were for 775,000 units.
Futures trading up as Motorola beat expectations and guided upward while EMC was in line and both are up nicely pre-open. There's strength in Europe, strength in Asia, third Quarter GDP in China rose 11.5%. That was in line with expectations. Chinese stocks are the only major market down in Asia, down 5%, probably on worries that more rate hikes are likely.
Bank of America on Wednesday said it plans to eliminate 3,000 jobs, and that the head of corporate and investment banking will depart after a dismal quarter at that unit led to a 32 percent drop in overall profit.
The "kitchen sink" theory is out the window. There's a trust problem developing on the Street. Remember a few weeks ago traders drove up the stocks of companies like Citigroup, even though they did take very large losses for subprime and CDOs?
The Federal Reserve thinks the so-called super SIV could help beleaguered financial markets, and its silence on the matter should not be seen as indicating a lack of support for the plan, a senior Fed official said Monday.
Banks and other financial institutions have expressed interest in providing more than $60 billion towards a super-sized fund aimed at bailing out structured investment vehicles, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
The world's top banking lobby on Sunday accepted responsibility for the U.S. subprime lending crisis and launched a broad reform program designed to mend cracks in ailing credit markets.
U.S. stock investors looking to recoup from the worst week in almost three months will have to keep one eye out for signs of weakness in earnings due this week and the other on the threat surging oil prices.
The dollar hit a fresh record low against the euro and a basket of currencies on Friday, pressured by the growing view that a slowdown in the U.S. economy will force another cut in interest rates this month.
Citigroup executives say they have enough funding in place to support the $80 billion in structured investment vehicles the bank manages and won't be forced to sell assets atdistressed prices, The Wall Street Journal reported on its web site.
Stocks ended mixed as Bank of America's earnings shortfall was countered by strong tech and healthcare earnings. "In the last few days there is more concern about this bleeding into the fourth quarter, with the Bank of America comments and housing having more of a negative impact on the consumer than maybe we've seen so far," said Alec Young, equity strategist at S&P.
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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.
European stocks finished in negative territory Thursday, after a sharper-than-expected drop in Bank of America's third-quarter profit caused by the credit crisis dragged financial and banking stocks lower.
Bank of America's quarterly profit fell a much larger-than-expected 32 percent, hurt by mounting credit losses and poor trading results in its investment banking unit.
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.