Now that the Fed has acted, earnings news comes back to the fore as investors look ahead to Wednesday's Wall Street open.
Anecdotal evidence that the U.S. consumer's marathon spending spree may be slowing to a trot increases daily. By some measures, the U.S. consumer makes up about 19 percent of the world economy and 70 percent of the U.S. economy, so the health of American consumption is key.
Quarterly reports next week from Citi, JP Morgan, Washington Mutual, Wells Fargo, Comerica, Merrill Lynch, PNC. There are plenty looking to go long after the reports are out, based on valuation. For example, Citi and Wells Fargo are trading in the bottom 10 percent of their historical valuation.
Reports of more writedowns at Merrill Lynch and credit wrinkles at American Express are outweighing the relief that Bank of America is swooping in to buy troubled Countrywide.
Stocks rallied to close higher after a report that Bank of America is in advanced talks to buy troubled mortgage lender Countrywide Financial.
Capital One Financial said on Thursday it expects to report fourth-quarter earnings of around 60 cents per share, and warned that its full-year results would fall below its previous outlook.
Consumer spending didn't slow down that much but apparently consumer bill paying has. Look at Capital One. The company is taking a $1.9 billion provision for loan losses in the fourth quarter and cut its full year profit forecast by more than 20 percent, blaming rising consumer loan losses and higher legal reserves.
Disappointing. Challenging. Uncertain. Short of expectations. Those are the words most heard from companies in this morning's December same store sales report. Large companies like Macy's, Gap, Abercrombie, and Ann Taylor reported sales below expectations.
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If American International Group and Capital One won't show their cards, then investors need to cash in their chips.
Stocks closed little-changed despite of a sharp drop in oil prices that boosted shares of big manufacturers such as Boeing.
The slightly better-than-expected increase in November non-farm jobs gave some support to stock prices, but has done little to change the debate about what the Fed will do when it meets on Tuesday. The Street has been in hot debate about whether the Fed will trim the target 4.50 percent Fed funds rate target by a quarter or a half point.
Help may be on the way for the financial sector, but in the meantime individual institutions are continuing to get hit with damage from the growing subprime mortgage crisis.
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US stocks closed sharply lower Friday on an incessant stream of bad news in financials and technology that bled over into the rest of the market.
Wachovia said Friday it suffered a $1.1 billion loss on subprime mortgage-related debt in October, while Capital One Financial said more customers are having trouble paying their bills as the U.S. credit crisis deepened.
The financial sector continues to get pounded. General Motors reported a significant third-quarter loss, but there is a glimmer of hope in the pharmaceutical industry.
Stocks rallied late in the session to end a seesaw trading session higher as bargain hunters stepped in despite economic concerns and worries about global credit markets. "It seems like a little bit of a bounce back from Friday's Armageddon," said Mike Burnick, director of research at the Sovereign Society.