Stocks pared gains but remained significantly higher Wednesday as the dollar slumped, commodities soared, and a series of better-than-expected earnings reports gave investors confidence in the economy's health. Cisco and American Express rose, while Intel and JPMorgan fell.
Stocks rose at the open after a series of strong earnings reports and expectations that the Federal Reserve will act to stimulate the economy. Apple rose above $300 a share. Chevron and JPMorgan fell.
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Bill McVail of the Turner Small Cap Growth Fund thinks size matters, and offers some strong arguments for riding out of the recession with a portfolio full of small-cap stocks. "We think the consumer is going to start doing better in 2009 and 2010," he told CNBC. "We're focusing more on the restaurants and the retailers; we think the stimulus package will get them going sooner."
JPMorgan's equities team has said financial stocks will help lead the market higher this year. Today, they held a call on the financial group and say they are still overweight, and they expect it to be one of the better performing sectors.
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State Street, the world's biggest institutional money manager, Tuesday posted a better-than-expected 61% jump in quarterly profit and said revenue will be stronger than initially expected this year.
Asset manager Nuveen Investments, the industry's biggest manager of closed-end mutual funds, has agreed to a $5.75 billion buyout by an investor group led by private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners LLC, the companies said on Wednesday.