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This was a strange earnings season. But it has been a remarkably strange economy. But when you look at the big names in tech, including Intel, IBM, Apple, Google, Yahoo, eBay, Microsoft, and the big names on Wall Street, there was a bizarre disconnect over what was expected, and what was realized.
Not since Michael Phelps captured his record eighth Olympic gold medal has a nation been so captivated by a single broadcast event. What am I referring to? Friday's fine edition of "Options Action", of course.
Alan Blinder, former Fed governor and Princeton economist, wrote articles for both the Wall Street Journal on Friday and the New York Times on Sunday. (I wonder if he's campaigning for something.) The Journal article was especially interesting. He said,"The US economy appears to be hitting bottom," and the second-half GDP could well be a 3% annual rate of gain or more.
Plus, Cramer makes the call on green stocks, tech and more.
Don’t think stocks are resilient, the Mad Money host says. Another force is at work here.
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The session ended Friday with mixed results. The Dow and the S&P 500 closed slightly higher however the Nasdaq could not continue its winning ways.
All the major US indexes were up 4% or greater for the week, after closing roughly flat for the day on Friday. The Dow crossed and remained above 9,000 on Friday, posting its best 2-week percent gain since late March 2000.
The latest batch of earnings took a toll on the market Friday but the Dow still pulled off a gain in the final half hour of trading, capping its best two-week performance since 2000. Microsoft shares fell more than 8%.
Stocks stay resilient...there is strong momentum behind all groups. All 10 S&P 500 sectors are above their 200-day moving averages; that rarely happens and is a sign of a broad market advance.
The Dow broke 9,000 yesterday — and has hovered at that level Friday. What's next for stock markets? Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, offered CNBC his insights.
Stocks' fluctuation shows that investors can't decide. But the Mad Money host said that he knows. Plus, get calls on tech, housing, advertising and more.
Stocks took a hit Friday as a drop in consumer sentiment exacerbated losses triggered by a disappointing round of earnings from Microsoft, Amazon and AmEx. But the Dow poked higher in afternoon trading Microsoft shares fell nearly 10%.
Stocks take a breather early on, but show resiliency midday. Blame it on tech. Disappointment over tech earnings (Microsoft chiefly) is causing the NASDAQ to notably underperform the broader market in the first half of trading.
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Stocks slipped Friday as weaker consumer sentiment compounded losses after disappointing earnings from American Express, Amazon and Microsoft. The disappointing earnings and sentiment gave investors reason to pause and take a breather after a significant run-up in the past few weeks, in which the Nasdaq logged 12 straight gains — its longest run since 1992. Read and listen to what the experts had to say...
The bears were caught by surprise on Friday with the S&P 500 turning positive, despite rather disappointing earnings from Microsoft and weakness from Schlumberger.
Stocks skidded Friday as a drop in consumer sentiment exacerbated losses triggered by a disappointing round of earnings from American Express, Amazon and Microsoft.
While the S&P 500 is up 3.8 percent this week, the S&P 500 equal-weighted index, which gives each of the 500 stocks an equal weighting, is up 4.7 percent this week. In other words, this has been a fairly broad rally, with lots of stocks participating in the rally.
Futures indicated a lower open for Wall Street on Friday, probably due to earnings exhaustion, as after-the-bell results reports from American Express, Amazon.com and Microsoft disappointed investors.