Getting better than expected numbers next week would be a catalyst for the markets, giving buyers a reason to move away from the sidelines and begin investing more money in stocks once again. On the flip side, however, disappointing data or corporate earnings would likely extend the current downturn further, dampening any hopes of a near-term rebound.
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It has become readily apparent that good enough is no longer good enough for this market.
The S&P edged higher on Thursday with investors rotating into beaten down energy names and financials and out of consumer staples and pharma.
Stocks squeaked out another gain Thursday as investors were encouraged by Alcoa's beat and a drop in jobless claims but pharmaceutical and retail stocks dragged.
The S&P rose modestly on Thursday with investors rotating into financials after BofA-Merrill upgraded Goldman Sachs to “buy” and raised its price target to $175.
Stocks opened higher Thursday as jobless claims dropped below a key level and Dow component Alcoa kicked off earnings season with a beat.
Futures indicated a rebound for Wall Street on Thursday as jobless claims dropped below a key level and Dow component Alcoa started the earnings season beating expectations.
With earnings season now officially underway, investors are sifting through Alcoa earnings trying to determine what they signal for the weeks that lie ahead.
The Treasury Department on Wednesday selected nine investment managers, including BlackRock and TCW Group, to operate funds that will buy toxic securities from troubled financial institutions.
A government plan designed to rid banks' books of the troubled assets that exacerbated the financial crisis will do little to address a fundamental weakness of the industry or the broader economy, analysts say.
Secrets from deep inside Goldman Sachs may soon flood the Street. The supposedly secure computer system used by the firm has been compromised.
Doug MacKay of Broadleaf Partners and Bill Spiropoulos of Corestates Capital Advisors agree: The March bottom will hold — and you want to be in equities now.
Plus, the Mad Money host reacts to the Goldman Sachs trading scandal.
The Dow is down 5.65 percent YTD and the S&P 500 had its lowest closing value since June 23 (as of this writing). With earnings season upon us, what's the stock-market outlook? Art Cashin, director of floor operations for UBS Financial Sevices, offered CNBC his Monday insights.
The Dow closed down by triple digits on Thursday with the widespread selling extended for an extra 15 minutes on the NYSE...
Stocks ended on a sour note Tuesday, but still managed to log their best quarter in a decade.
What a bad way to end a terrific quarter. Both the Dow and S&P 500 finished in negative territory despite concluding the best quarter in a decade!
As we face the second half of 2009, how should investors play financials? Dick Bove of Rochdale Securities offered CNBC his take on bank stocks.
Stocks are staging a dramatic end to a tumultuous quarter with the S&P likely to close up about 15% for the 3-month period. But is this the end of the line?