The dollar index ended stayed on track for a record eighth month of gains on improving data and comments from Fed officials.» Read More
The Street has been making this distinction for months, and it is now accelerating. For example, look at some of the smaller regional banks that have less exposure to construction/real estate than others, and how they have performed in the last year:
Investors should prepare for the worst just in case it turns out that Ben Bernanke knows nothing yet again.
Top economists discuss the fate of Lehman Brothers and how the company's outcome will affect the stock market while the CEO of Ford restructures his company—focusing on improving fuel mileage and efficiency. Plus, Hurricane Ike is expected to strike the southern US coast early on Saturday, bringing a massive storm surge that could prove fatal for those who have not left the area. Following are today's top videos:
Despite all the trouble in financials right now, the sector as a whole has been outperforming since July.
Today marks the seventh year since the September 11 terrorist attacks—the Nymex and the White House obeserve a moment of silence to remember when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Research in Motion's CEO talks about the company's new Blackberry—Bold. Following are today's top videos:
Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Wells Fargo and Sunoco popped while Legg Mason and China Mobile dropped.
Cramer says we're on the verge of another Great Depression.
As we await the fate of Washington Mutual, the pipeline of troubled institutions is filling up. I mentioned Audit Integrity earlier this week in a post on Downey Financial, and later the firm reached out to me to explain that it considers Downey very risky from an accounting and governance perspective.
Despite the the bailout of Freddie and Fannie and Lehman's questionable survival, the S&P 500 Financials Sector is still up over 20% since hitting a low in mid-July. Will the Financials stay above their July lows or fall back with the latest news? Here is the latest data on how short interest has changed over the past few months and where bets are being made.
Stocks closed with modest gains after rallying earlier on a drop in oil prices, but investors continued to worry about financial shares.
After the close yesterday, RBC Capital put out a note: "Next Credit Shoe to Drop on Banking Industry: We believe commercial and industrial loans (C&I), commercial real estate and non-resi construction loans will be the next credit problems for the banking industry brought on by the weakening in the US and Global economies."
A number of U.S. banks stand to gain after the government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Dick Bove, analyst at Ladenburg Thalman & Co., told CNBC.
You know what happened this past weekend. But what do you do now?
Now that the government is in charge of the GSE's (can I call them Government "Sponsored" Entities or should that change to something else??), analysts are looking for the builders to reap the rewards, long term in sales and short term in the stocks.
A continuation of the volatile trading range is the likely outcome after today's initial reaction on the upside.
Cramer's beating his drum again. Ben Bernanke, prepare yourself.
Pimco's bond guru was wrong about a recent offering, the bank says.
The Treasury secretary has long depended on investors like Pimco to keep failing banks afloat. What does he do now that the option's gone?
Some interesting intelligence from one of the ground zeroes of the housing market: Florida. Paul Miller of FBR published some financial “ramblings” (his word not mine) on a recent trip to Florida’s West Coast.
Oil prices, which have plunged 26% in the past month and a half, could continue moving lower in the coming weeks, analysts believe.