While the Greek stock market is down 2.4 percent this morning, most of the rest of Europe is up fractionally. China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia markets are closed due to the Chinese New Year, while Brazil is in the middle of Carnival. Barclays rose 11 percent pre-open, as it reported profits nearly double that of 2008. And Simon Property Group made a $10 billion offer to buy all of General Growth Properties.
Investors return from the three-day holiday Tuesday and stock index futures pointed to a strong start for the broader markets.
Is the rally just recharging or are we about to lose our shirts again?
Friday's late day reversal seems to have calmed overseas markets; European indices are plus or minus one percent for the most part, though Greek bonds are again weak. There are 3 percent to 4 percent declines in European banks. These banks have recently been dragged down by concerns of exposure to worrisome bonds issued by Greece, Spain, and Portugal.
S&P 500 futures lost about 4 points on the disappointing weekly initial jobless claims number. Sovereign debt issues, which popped up again yesterday, are back down in a big way today: Portugal down 3.2 percent, Spain down 2.6 percent, Greece down 1.7 percent. European banks are weak.
In the aftermath of the financial crisis, how are the brand values of the world’s major banks holding up? The latest report from independent consulting firm Brand Finance sounds an optimistic note — especially for HSBC, which has retained the top spot for the third year in a row. David Haigh, CEO of Brand Finance, shared his findings with CNBC.
More than a year after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson admitted that saying the bank would not get a bailout, was a ploy in the negotiations over the failed institution.
There is no evidence to suggest that big is bad in the financial sector and regulators should not seek to break up the large banks, Bob Diamond, president of Barclays, told CNBC Wednesday.
President Obama wants to cut down to size those too-big-to-fail banks. But his vow on Thursday to rewrite the rules of Wall Street left many questions unanswered, the New York Times reports, including the big one: Would this really prevent another financial crisis?
Specialist business continues to consolidate: LaBranche trades up 30 percent after the close, in a deal that makes Barclay's designated market maker unit the largest DMM at the NYSE.
Specialist firm LaBranche halted for News Pending. Rumors that the firm has been for sale has been around for months now....
When General Electric was forced to call in Warren Buffett to help it raise money on in the international capital markets on Oct. 1, 2008 the entire corporate landscape changed.
After Alcoa kicked off earnings season with a miss, will profits and outlooks will be strong enough to extend the market's advance?
Bolstered by low rates and strong demand, companies and others have been rushing to issue a near record level of new debt since the start of the year and the trend should continue for now.
The list includes the familiar as well as those under the radar, but which ones have the most pull? Click for the top 10!
U.S. jobless claims rose more than expected last week—by 17,000 to 474,000—after five straight weeks of declines. Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, shared his market insights.
The white knights that came to the rescue of banks during the financial crisis are going home, with their pockets full of bounty from their good deeds, reports the New York Times.
And you thought the US sector was bad.
Uh-oh, looks like big sales are coming. November Retail comp store sales are disappointing. RetailMetrics started off the month estimating gains of 2.6 percent for November compared to the same period last year, but by the end of the month it was down to 2.2 percent, and the final numbers may be even worse. It looks like about 75 percent are missing expectations; normally 60 percent beat expectations. Ugh!
Faced with sluggish progress in its foreclosure-prevention effort, the Obama administration will spend the coming weeks cracking down on mortgage companies that aren't doing enough to help borrowers at risk of losing their homes.