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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?
Money flowed into health care stocks on Tuesday. But with the potential of sweeping reform looming over the sector, how should you trade?
Stocks rallied to their highest closes since November Monday following encouraging economic reports from the U.S. and abroad and following news that auto sales got a boost from the "Cash for Clunkers" program.
Stocks rallied Monday after a pair of encouraging reports on the manufacturing sector, plus strong bank earnings out of Europe and expectations for strong auto sales. The S&P briefly topped 1,000, a level it hasn't seen since November.
Stocks got a quick pop at the open Monday after some strong bank earnings out of Europe and expectations that auto sales will show a boost from the "Cash for Clunkers" program. But the rally quickly fizzled.
Stock index futures indicated a strong opening for Wall Street Monday, helped by European markets that hit a broader-index high for the year on better-than-expected bank earnings.
While the public is continuing to obsess over the generally better than expected earnings and the two-week, 100 point rise in the S&P 500 (11 percent), stock traders are nervously eyeing the $200 billion in new Treasury debt that is coming this week.
President Obama is prescribing change in the healthcare system. The issue is front and center right now before Congress and Wall Street...We may see some volatility in a sector that’s traditionally very stable. Analysts say it’s time to reexamine your pharma stocks and position yourself for the changes President Obama will make.
Plus, get calls on health care, the banks and more.
Stocks finished a volatile session mixed as traders jockeyed for postions on this quadruple-witching Friday and techs rallied.
Stocks fell to the lows of the day this afternoon as a couple of issues weighed on the markets.
John Hussman, portfolio manager at Hussman Strategic Growth Fund, and Art Nunes, market strategist at IMS Capital Management, offered their economic outlooks and investment advice.
In this Web Extra you'll find the day's biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Ford and Qualcomm popped while Honeywell and Tyson Foods dropped.
Stocks bounced back from a swine flu-induced drop Monday as traders scooped up shares of drug makers and pharmacies.
Great. As if the bank stress test wasn't confusing enough, as if the auto restructuring wasn't enough uncertainty, now we have half of the trading community frantically Googling "Tamiflu" this morning. The concern is that swine flu this could create another slowdown in global travel just as we are trying to figure out a bottom. Commodities, airlines, and hotels are weak this morning.
After a couple of bearish days, the bulls regained their footing in the shortened trading week. There was plenty of action off the trading floor as well, with a major decision by the Federal Accounting Standards Board, a heartening merger in the housing industry, and some impressive earnings projections from Wells Fargo.
Brent Wilsey is one of countless market-watchers who expect the earnings season to be a rough one, but the president of Wilsey Asset Management is not one to overlook the price tags on the stocks of the companies involved. "Stocks are beaten down way more than they should be," he told CNBC. "This is a great opportunity to be buying these companies at these prices."
The S&P 500 slid on Tuesday, with investors jittery about the start of earnings season and what Corporate America will say about profits.
CNBC's Bob Pisani reported from the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday. He says the trader buzz is focused on earnings season, which begins today with Alcoa. Pisani discusses economic bellwether Baltic Exchange Dry Index, Royal Bank of Scotland Humana, Coventry, and UnitedHealth.
Earnings season begins today with Alcoa. The majority playbook, which we have telegraphed for a month, is to ride the wave off the March 6th lows going into earnings season, then lighten up as stocks move sideways to down on the back of VERY CONSERVATIVE guidance.