Some of Wednesday's midday movers:» Read More
Canada's overheated housing market continues to defy a U.S. style real estate crash, but even the most optimistic of investors are now bracing for pain.
The near-completion of the Shanghai Tower and the beginning of work on the world's tallest building in Changsha could be clear signs that the Chinese economy is heading for a fall.
The real estate market might be heading into troubled territory, Dani Babb of The Babb Group says.
The Dow and S&P 500 finished in negative territory Wednesday as investors digested the latest batch of corporate earnings, while stronger-than-expected results from Apple helped limit losses on the Nasdaq.
Stocks closed lower Tuesday, with the S&P 500 breaking an 8-day rally, following a mixed batch of economic and earnings reports and as investors hesitated to jump in ahead of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's congressional testimony.
Rates on U.S. home mortgages surged to the highest level in close to two years last week as the recent sell-off in the bond market drove borrowing rates higher.
The recent spike in interest rates may not kill the housing recovery or housing stocks, but investors will want to be more selective, analysts say.
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Stocks recovered from their lows to end higher across the board in another choppy session Monday, but investors continued to question when the Fed could begin to wind down its asset-purchase program.
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Financials are the most undervalued group in the market and Fed tapering will eventually be a boon for the sector, CNBC's Jim Cramer says.
Sales of bank-owned homes plunged to a five-year low, the latest evidence that foreclosure woes are easing as the U.S. housing market recovery gains momentum.
Take a look at some of Wednesday's midday movers:
Home builders are near multi-year highs, rallying two to three percent; while Tiffany's delivers a little blue box to investors in the form of strong first quarter earnings.
Supplies are at levels not seen since the frenzy of the last housing boom while the median price for a new home hit a record high, further signs that housing is recovering.
Stocks closed down 1 percent after the minutes from the last Fed policy setting meeting suggested the central bank could begin tapering bond purchases sooner than the market expects.
The sales pace is back to what it was in 2005 and 2006, but the circumstances are of course very different. Now it's about stiff competition for limited supply.
U.S. stock market futures indicated a higher opening on Wednesday, ahead of a closely-watched speech by Fed Chair Ben Bernanke.