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Morgan Stanley posted a first-quarter loss that was much wider than analysts expected; it also slashed its dividend. But CNBC's David Faber reports that there's more to the story than what's on the surface.
Stocks rebounded Wednesday as Caterpillar led the Dow, automakers rallied and banks posted solid gains.
Sean O'Hara is bullish on America. The president of RevenueShares Investor Service is even bullish on financials — and even on the company that bought Merrill Lynch. One caveat, though: He's thinking long term.
Stocks opened lower Wednesday as investors looked for further guidance from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and the next batch of corporate earnings.
Futures turned down about 6 points at 8:30 AM as Morgan Stanley reported a loss of $0.57, much worse than the loss of $0.08 expected. This officially ends the streak where banks have beaten estimates. Top line miss was rather large: $3.0 billion vs. $4.8 billion expected.
Stock index futures pointed a lower open Wednesday as investors looked for further guidance from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and the next batch of corporate earnings.
The resilience of the market has been a puzzle to many who thought Monday's selloff was a sign the stock market would finally give up on its six-week rally.
While indicating a modestly lower open earlier this morning, the markets turned around late in the morning on a strong rebound in financials and the digestion of a series of less pessimistic comments by corporate executives.
What to make of the relative strength of Morgan Stanley? The bank is set to report earnings on Wednesday, and on a day when the broader financials are off 11%, with Citigroup and Bank of America off a respective 19% and 24%, Morgan is hanging in there, down only 5%.
Despite the fact that the press representative in Senator Dick Durbin's (D-IL) office tells me "negotiations are still underway," several outlets are reporting that the Senate version of the so-called bankruptcy "cramdown" bill is imminent. The house passed legislation in March allowing bankruptcy judges to modify home loans, with a couple of caveats, the main one being that the borrower had to have exhausted all possibilities for modification with his/her lender.
In a conversation published today focusing on why he likes Wells Fargo, Warren Buffett told Fortune's Adam Lashinsky: "We own stock in four banks: USB, Wells, M&T, and SunTrust." That raised a question. What about the five million Bank of America shares owned by Berkshire Hathaway as of the end of last year? We now have the answer to the 'mystery' of the 'missing' B of A shares, straight from Buffett himself.
Warren Buffett says you should judge a banker by how they bank, not by their speeches or PR: "It's what they do and what they don't do. And what Wells (Fargo) didn't do is what defines their greatness." Buffett tells Fortune's Adam Lashinsky that Wells didn't do "dumb things" just because all the other banks were doing them.
If the broader market continues to take its cue from the financials, investors have a good deal more information by which to judge the health of the banking system after Citigroup, JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs reported results this week and Wells Fargo's detail-light pre-announcement last week. Or do they?
For big banks like Citigroup, the first quarter of 2009 may turn out to be the best of the year.
Plus, a look at the positive effect that Washington has had on the banks.
Byron Wien, Pequot Capital chief investment strategist, offered CNBC his expert market insights and outlook for the economy.
Goldman Sachs priced its stock offering at $123 per share, or 5.5 percent below its Monday closing price. The sale garnered some 50 percent of Goldman's TARP loan. What does this mean for the financial giant?
On the heels of better than expected earnings from Citi and BB&T most banks are trading on the upside today. Following upside surprises from JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Wells Fargo, bank stocks are again posting gains for the week.
Early morning earnings reports from Citigroup and General Electric, and an update on GM's restructuring, are the key hurdles for stocks Friday.
The financials have rallied 35% in the past month on upside surprises. But how much longer can banks continue to wow the Street?