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.
Consumer discretionary stocks are not only the worst performers today — and this week and this month — but 60 percent of the 18 discretionary stocks that reported earnings are down. So what is working in one of the worst groups right now?
With so many other factors powering the market these days, third-quarter earnings could be little more than an afterthought.
For the week ending Friday, October 3, 2008, the major U.S. Indices declined steeply on continued uncertainties over the financial bailout / rescue plan, concerns in the credit markets and more economic deterioration.
All major U.S. Indices end the third quarter on a historic note. The Dow and S&P 500 had their fourth consecutive quarterly drop, tumbling 4.40% and 9.01% respectively. The NASDAQ Composite fell the most among the major Indices for the quarter, down 9.19%.
Who says the two are mutually exclusive? Here's our take on how the next nine months could play out.
For the historic week ending Friday, September 19, 2008, the major U.S. Indices managed to close mixed and almost flat after one of the most volatile trading weeks ever, driven by the collapse of investment bank, Lehman Brothers, enormous government actions around the globe, and billion dollar deal making. In one week, the government bailed out AIG, pumped funds into money markets, and banned short selling of financials - all while keeping the Fed Funds target unchanged and taking unprecedented actions to halt the liquidity crisis. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) surpassed the benchmark level of 30, hitting an intraday high of 42.16 on Thursday, its highest level since 10/2002. The major indices were all up and down +/- 3% for 4 of the past 5 days. The Dow posted a 2 day point move of more than 778 points as of Friday’s close, after plummeting 811 between Monday and Wednesday and hitting 10,609.66, its lowest level since 11/9/2005. On Friday, The Nasdaq Composite recorded a 2-day point move of greater than 175 points after it closed down 109.05 points on Wednesday, its first triple digit decline for one day since it began trading after the 9/11 attacks. The S&P 500 flirted with record territory closing up 98.7 over the last two days, marking its biggest 2-day point move since 3/16/2000, the largest 2-day point move ever.
Pulte Homes CEO Richard Dugas talks about the state of the market and his company.
Plus, Cramer makes calls on Black & Decker, Schering-Plough and more.
After the announcement of the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae bailout, mortgage rates fell to their lowest level in about five months. Here are the longer term trends...
Financials helped the Dow pull off a nearly 300-point gain Monday but techs limped to the finish line as nagging worries about a global economic slump found their way back into the market.
The air started to come out the Fannie-Freddie-inspired rally as the market started to float back to Earth.