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Sloppy and choppy was the market trend Tuesday, and there's signs it could continue into Wednesday with no economic data on the horizon to drive stocks.
Goldman Sachs took center stage on Wall Street on Tuesday, beating expectations and outperforming the financial sector despite lower earnings results. What follows are some of the day's highlights.
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The Dow dropped Tuesday and the broader stock market continued to languish despite positive news early in the day from Goldman Sachs. What's the "Word on the Street?"
Stocks fell sharply Tuesday as a warning from Goldman Sachs that banks may need to raise another $65 billion rippled through the market, offsetting any positive impact from Goldman's earnings.
Goldman Sachs spacerturned in another stellar performance under difficult circumstances with an earnings report that far exceeded expectations. Return on equity was 20% when other investment banks are posting losses. 52% of the revenues were from trading operations which are volatile and risky and that's why these stocks trade at what seem to be low price to earnings valuations. My guess is Goldman is picking up business by default as traders can easily justify doing business with Goldman.
Investment banking's so-called "trillion-dollar man" says he's undecided about whether brokerage stocks are bargains, despite their current low prices.
For the first time since it went public in 1994, Lehman Brothers has posted a quarterly loss. But Morningstar's Ryan Lentell says you should still consider brokerage shares.
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The Dow finished Monday’s session modestly lower as investors continued to worry about the course of the economy. What's the "Word on the Street?"
As the world watched Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate take it down to the wire at the US Open, the Dow was struggling with its own rivalry: Banks were trying to lead a rally, while a handful of stocks were dragging on the blue-chip index. Oil ended down at $134.34 abarrel.
Lehman Brothers Holdings' chief executive expressed confidence in the investment bank on Monday, sending its shares up as much as 9 percent even as it posted its first quarterly loss as a public company.
Now that Lehman's out of the way, all eyes are on Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. What should you expect?
Stocks bounced back from an early slide as banks recovered and strength permeated techs, housing and retail stocks. The market had opened lower as oil neared $140 a barrel and after a report from the New York Federal Reserve on regional manufacturing activity showed a worse-than-expected contraction. Lehman shares rose after the firm reported a loss on target with its pre-announcement.
What's bubbling in the options market? General Electric and financials, according to one tracker.
Stocks opened lower on Wall Street Monday as oil neared $140 a barrel and after a report from the New York Federal Reserve on regional manufacturing activity showed a worse-than-expected contraction. Lehman shares rose after the firm reported a loss on target with its pre-announcement.
S&P futures dropped about 5 points as the New York Empire State Index was notably weaker than expected and has been down 4 of the last 5 months, then dropped again on oil. The most important issues this week:
Only a year ago, Wall Street reveled in an era of superlatives: record deals, record profit, record pay. But a mere 12 months later, nearly half of the profits that major banks reaped during that age of riches have vanished, the New York Times reported.
Should oil prices extend their pullback and data show no further deterioration in the U.S. economy, stocks could rise next week. But investment banking results will be the wild card.