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Stocks closed lower as a better-than-expected earnings report from financial bellwether Goldman Sachs was offset by record-high crude prices and a plunging greenback. "When Bernanke cut rates people thought the glass was half-full now today it looks like it is half-empty," said Phil Roth, chief technical analyst with Miller Tabak.
Two Wall Street investment banks had markedly different success weathering summer market turbulence as results at Goldman Sachs easily exceeded expectations while those at Bear Stearns fell far short.
Goldman Sachs Group said Thursday that quarterly profit surged 79 percent, blowing away expectations of weak results, as the investment bank generated its second-highest revenue ever despite turbulent summer markets.
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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is back on the hot seat today and Wall Street, meanwhile is sifting through some big earnings reports. What look to be strong earnings from Goldman Sachs improved early sentiment. Goldman Sachs, as expected, handily beat earnings estimates with profits of $2.85 billion, or $6.13 per share, compared to an estimated $4.37 per share. The numbers included $1.71 billion in losses related to leverage loans, which in part was offset by a gain from the sale of wind power company Horizon Energy.
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As suspected FedEx beat estimates for their first quarter but lowered full year guidance. Recall that they introduced fiscal 2008 guidance last quarter of $7.00-$7.40, but today lowered it to $6.70-$7.10. CEO Frederick Smith said that the global economy was solid "outside the U.S." but that "financial market volatility and high energy costs" increased uncertainty around the economic outlook.
Two days after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke got a vote of confidence from the markets for the Fed's half point rate cut, he and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson head to Capital Hill for a hearing on the mortgage mess. They appear before the House Financial Services Committee starting at 10 a.m. Thursday.
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Chatter on the street is that Goldman Sachs can't help but beat Wall Street's estimates when it reports earnings tomorrow. For that reason, it's one of the few in the brokerage group still holding onto gains at the close. Goldman stock closed up 2.5%. Bear Stearns, also reporting tomorrow, fell 3%. Morgan Stanley was down 2% after a disappointing report this morning, and Lehman was down a half a percent. Merrill Lynch though was 1% higher.
The positive momentum continues, with 2-1 advancing to declining stocks. Charles Biderman at Trimtabs.com called to say that mutual funds had $10.4 billion in inflows yesterday, the biggest since Jan 4, 2001. That money was put to work today, for the most part.
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A relatively tame inflation number and no mean surprises in Lehman Brothers earnings this morning is giving support to stocks ahead of the Fed's momentous decision today. Traders are also watching oil prices crack yet another record level.
Goldman Sachs and its investment banking partner in China may part ways, potentially raising questions about future control of the Wall Street firm's business there, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
Trading should stay tentative ahead of the Fed's Tuesday afternoon announcement. But before that news, Wall Street will have to navigate the first big earnings from the brokerage industry and some important economic data, including inflation measure, producer prices.
Goldman Sachs on Monday forecast U.S. oil prices will surge to $85 by the end of the year, and said crude could climb as high as $90 due to tight supplies.
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Merrill Lynch warned on Friday that shaky credit markets forced the world's largest brokerage to reduce the value of securities linked to risky subprime mortgages and other products, a move that could hurt third-quarter profit.