Testimony by the two top U.S. economic officials on Wednesday raised fresh concerns in financial markets about the deteriorating housing market, despite their view that subprime mortgage problems are "contained."
Brian from Missouri asked wither the slide we’re seeing today in the energy markets is going to help stocks. Also, what’s with this sell-off in the Euro and do you think it will continue? Eric Bolling answered....
The Dow closed at a record for the third straight session and Nasdaq fell slightly as investors bought selectively ahead of earnings reports and on a steep drop in oil.
Home builders Centex and KB Home said on Tuesday they would take charges to reduce their land positions in a sign the weakest U.S. housing market in decades may not yet have bottomed.
Lots of corporate headlines are already getting attention ahead of the open. Stocks in the U.S. are lining up to open higher at this point, and earnings will be the big focus. After making gains yesterday, European stocks are mixed with a flattish performance, and Japanese stocks were little changed to the downside.
During the final week of the year, CNBC spoke with analysts to get their top picks for 2007. Large cap names and private equity were winners in 2006, and many analysts are expecting more of the same next year. But look for some picks that may be surprising as well.
It's been a pretty good year for tech stocks--but even a good 2006 doesn't hide the fact that the sector has underperformed the market for the last three years. So--there should be plenty of growth ahead in 2007, right? Scott Kessler is the S&P's Senior Director of Technology Sector Equity Research. Peter Misek is Senior Tech Analyst at Canaccord Adams. On "Morning Call" the pair give their sector outlook and stock "picks."
The U.S. housing market has certainly gone through a rough patch lately--but there is some good news on stronger home sales--as we've reported. The Commerce Department says new U.S. home sales rose 3.4% in November. Analysts were looking for a gain of 1-2%. But new home sales are still down from a year ago by 15.3%. So--are there any good stock recommendations out there?
Last week the Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, was asked if the residential real estate market had bottomed. He refused to answer the question. But as we approach the New Year, that is arguably the biggest question in real estate. The spring season is right around the corner, traditionally the busiest for buying and selling, and many believe it will tell the true story of the state of the market.
Stocks fell after trading in a narrow range all day while investors waited for Friday’s jobs report, the last key economic indicator before next week's Federal Reserve meeting.