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Stocks got a quick pop Thursday from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve report on regional manufacturing but turned negative as General Electric dragged on the Dow.
Stocks got a quick pop Thursday from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve report on regional manufacturing but the gains began to fade as weakness nagged at the market. United Technologies, Bank of America and General Electric led the Dow.
The transport sector saw an increase of 60 percent over the last six months, a greater percentage increase than the S&P 500, but Lee Klaskow, a transportation analyst at Longbow Research, said the fundamentals of the industry are not getting better, just "less worse."
Futures have drifted slightly lower. August housing starts came in in-line with expectations (though single family starts fell), but that is good news: starts have clearly bottomed in the last several months and are at their highest levels since November 2008.
Stock index futures showed relatively little reaction to the mixed economic reports out before the bell.
Rising stock prices are acting as a powerful magnet, prying loose fresh cash and drawing it into a market that's 58 percent above its March lows.
Stocks rallied for a third day Wednesday, jumping more than 1 percent, as industrial production rose for a second straight month and weakness in the dollar boosted commodity and industrial stocks.
Sometimes it's the forward looking announcements that accompany earnings reports that are the more important item.
Cramer can’t understand why the president sounded so downbeat on Monday, especially when there were plenty of reasons to feel positive.
Stocks snapped a five-day winning streak Friday as a sharp drop in oil prices and profit-taking offset an improvement in consumer confidence and a rosier outlook from economic bellwether FedEx. Still, for the week, stocks gained 1.7 percent.
"Individual clients are anxious," says one market pro. "We see signs of speculation from some of our clients that are not connected to reality."
Both the Dow and S&P 500 closed in negative territory on Friday, ending their five-day winning streak after the declining price of oil dragged down energy shares.
Oil is down on demand fears yet transports are higher on promising signs of a global recovery. What's the market telling us?
Stocks struggled to push higher Friday as consumer confidence improved and economic bellwether FedEx raised its earnings forecast. But profit-taking after a five-day rally clipped gains.
Uncertainty in the markets has led to confusion for some as to whether to buy in or get out. So what do investors do? Gordon Charlop, of Rosenblatt Securities, shared his outlook.
The markets have been on an upward trend for the last 5 consecutive trading sessions, but will the rally continue? Should investors start worrying about declines? Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, offered CNBC his stock market insights.
Stocks are poised for a slightly higher open, and are seeking to rise for the 6th straight day. The S&P is up nearly 5 percent over the past 5 days, and if it closes up today, it will have its best 6-day winning streak in about 6.5 years.
Does the inner Obama secretly favor private health care? It’s hard to know why President Obama said what he said at Tuesday’s health-care town hall in New Hampshire. He actually stated, “If you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.” Oops. Freudian slip?
The Dow Jones Transportation Average strongly outperformed the other major indices on Friday, rising 4 percent on broad strength from truckers YRC Worldwide (YRCW) and Ryder (R), railroads CSX (CSX) and Norfolk Southern (NSC), and airlines AMR (AMR) and Continental Airlines (CAL).
Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.