The rally held. This was an important day, a day where the "sell in the last hour" juggernaut was broken, at least for the moment. There are many reasons, but short covering is the key: 1) Short covering in financials.
Without a dire market, the Fed won’t move.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
Shares of home builders soared on Monday as a frenzy of short sellers bought stock to cover their positions, giving the overall housing stock index its greatest one-day gain in about five years.
Here are my morning observations: 1) If there's anything there is a consensus on, it's that the four-year decline in volatility is now ending. The implications of this are very important for hedge funds and active investors, particularly those that employ a quantitative strategy: 1) fewer concentrated portfolios (spreading out risk), 2) an unwinding of leverage, and 3) sector rotation.
House prices across the nation declined by 3.2% in the second quarter from a year earlier, suggesting the housing downturn has deepened, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Index.
Another day of big volume and big volatility. Why the late-day turnaround? With volatility like this, it's no wonder traders are lost and confused; the momentum guys are not sure if they should be buying or selling.
With stocks in rally mode, it's appropriate to drill down for answers as well as take a look at some key sectors.
Steel magnate Mittal is looking to buy; Morgan Stanley is up on the quarter; Cramer calls for consolidation in the housing sector.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
I'm blogging to you from the J.P. Morgan Basics and Industrials Conference in mid-town Manhattan, where I've never in my life seen so many freaked out CEOs. I say this only because not nine months ago I attended a similar UBS conference, where the Homebuilder CEOs and their CFOs and their PR reps and their baggage handlers and their mother-in-laws were all fighting with each other to jump in front of our cameras to talk about the recovery shining brightly ahead in the housing market.
It may finally be getting easier to sell that house of yours again. The SPDR S&P Homebuilders (XHB) has turned this month, jumping 6% over the last five days alone. More than half of that came today on comments from Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson who suggested the housing sector may get a little better. Is the worst over?
Susan Wachter, professor of real estate and finance at Wharton Business School, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that the housing market has yet to hit bottom.
Testimony by the two top U.S. economic officials on Wednesday raised fresh concerns in financial markets about the deteriorating housing market, despite their view that subprime mortgage problems are "contained."
The U.S. housing market has certainly gone through a rough patch lately--but there is some good news on stronger home sales--as we've reported. The Commerce Department says new U.S. home sales rose 3.4% in November. Analysts were looking for a gain of 1-2%. But new home sales are still down from a year ago by 15.3%. So--are there any good stock recommendations out there?