The Pulte bid for Centex appeared to show that the housing industry has a pulse after all; there's been strong speculation about what the minutes from the Fed's last momentous meeting will say; and Alcoa's earnings, though dismal, failed to send Wall Street into a tailspin. The pros generally agreed about the effects of all those things, but there was no consensus at all about how soon things will look better overall.
Stocks wobbled Wednesday as the Treasury denied a report that it might extend TARP funds to some insurers and as earnings worries cast a shadow over the market.
As further proof of what I wrote about yesterday in the New Urge To Merge, today Pulte Homes and Centex agreed to merge.
So earnings season is underway, and the key test will be how the market responds to what is expected to be a concerted attempt to talk down expectations for the rest of the year.
Stocks opened higher Wednesday following news that the U.S. may extend TARP funds to insurers.
In a deal that will create the nation's biggest homebuilder, Pulte Homes is buying Centex for $1.3 billion in stock as both companies try to survive the worst real estate recession in a generation.
The 30-year mortgage rate could fall to nearly 4 percent by the end of the year as both the economy and housing market make a slow recovery, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch said..
US stocks headed for a negative open Wednesday as earnings season got off to a weak start and hopes for a prompt economic turnaround were talked down by some experts.
Cramer explains why the market's pause is right. Plus, calls on the banks, homebuilders and natural gas.
In the category of famous last words about the investment bubbles and bottoms, the legendary investor used the phrase “it's different this time.” He used it to explain away how all his very smart buddies got it so wrong in the last year, and how hard it is to make investing decisions right now.
Well, the Federal Reserve chairman didn’t say that exactly. But the central bank’s announcement Wednesday sure seemed to imply it.
Stocks eked out a gain after a rough morning as banks got a boost from market chatter that the government may suspend a controversial accounting rule blamed for much of the contagion in the financial industry.
Pulte Homes narrowed its quarterly loss, and sales at the homebuilding company rose from the same period last year.
While some traders are bracing for a retest of the stock market's November lows, buyers are picking among the less defensive sectors on the hopes the market is approaching a turning point.
Hope for a modest recovery in the housing sector spurred by a recent decline in mortgage rates, seems to be a far fetched pipe dream.
Major homebuilders are down across the board today as Lennar faces fraud accusations from a self-described consumer group.
The promise of an Obama stimulus package has raised hopes that the battered housing sector will soon stabilize. That's encouraged investors to buy home builder stocks — but Ivy Zelman of Zelman and Associates warns investors to be very selective.
Pulte Homes plunged to a new multi-year low today, after our OptionMonster's tracking systems showed strong institutional put buying yesterday. Our puts becamse that much more valuable....
After several false starts, stocks pulled off a final-hour rally, boosted by a better-than-expected forecast from Hewlett-Packard.
Some of Wednesday’s beaten up groups – energy, utilities, and telecom, rebounded nicely and posted some strong gains, while materials and financials continued to see some weakness.