It's time for the Fast Money market midterm. Our topic is the housing market. Hope you studied because this one could be ugly!
Stocks will struggle in the week ahead as they face the multiple threats of record oil prices, higher interest rates, a weak housing picture, and the fragile financial sector.
Stocks fell sharply Tuesday as a warning from Goldman Sachs that banks may need to raise another $65 billion rippled through the market, offsetting any positive impact from Goldman's earnings.
Stocks gave up early gains Tuesday as investors weighed better-than-expected earnings from Goldman Sachs and a sharp jump in wholesale inflation. Oil climbed more than a dollar, trading between $133 and $134 a barrel.
So there’s a bit of a blurb in the Wall Street Journal today about billionaire hedge-fund manager Edward Lampert and his ESL Investments Inc. buying into a few home builders (Centex and KB Home) as well as a few mortgage lenders (PHH and CIT) and Home Depot just to boot.
U.S. home builders, struggling under sinking demand and a credit crisis, now face a fresh obstacle: competition from a flood of homes in foreclosure.
Oil's relentless ascent finally pushed stocks over the edge, abruptly snapping the market's two-month rally. The Dow dropped 3.9% for the week, dragged down by GM's 15% decline. Crude jumped $6 this week, settling at $132.19 a barrel. All U.S. financial markets are closed Monday.
Stocks finished mixed as an early rally fizzled and weakness crept into techs, retail and housing.
Stocks recovered most of their losses and were mixed in the final hour of trading as oil prices pulled back toward $126 a barrel.
Stocks declined after a report showed consumer sentiment fell to its lowest level in 28 years. The market had opened with some optimism after a jump in housing starts, but the souring of consumer sentiment, and a jump in oil above $!27 a barrel, curbed gains.
You should, too. Cramer offers his top picks for the sector.
If it worked for President Gerald Ford in 1975, it could work now.
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Stocks declined as the market pendelum swung back the other way, sending oil prices to a new high and early cyclicals such as financials and retail lower. Yahoo plunged.
Stocks declined, with General Motors dragging on the Dow amid news of another strike and Yahoo weighing on technology stocks.
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Stocks finished slight lower Wednesday as the financial-driven rally that kicked off the quarter Tuesday lost steam. Energy, retail and chips finished mostly higher.
Stocks wobbled at the open Wednesday as the market looked to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, testifying on Capitol Hill today and tomorrow, for direction.