A CNBC reporter since 1990, Bob Pisani has reported on Wall Street and the stock market from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for more than a decade. Pisani covered the real estate market for CNBC from 1990-1995, then moved on to cover corporate management issues before moving to the New York Stock Exchange in 1997.
He was nominated twice for a "CableACE Award"—in 1993 and 1995.
Prior to joining CNBC, Pisani co-authored "Investing in Land: How to Be a Successful Developer." He and his father taught a course in real estate development at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania from 1987-1992. Pisani learned the real estate business from his father, Ralph Pisani, a retired real estate developer.
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Morgan Stanley trading up 3 percent after the close, as it pre-announced earnings above expectations. CEO John Mack said, "We have continued to actively reduce our legacy postions and carefully manage our risk, capital and liquidity." Several factors worked in favor of today's modest but important rally.
There is a certain air of disbelief on the Street today concerning AIG. Bank of America's analyst epitomized this: "AIG is facing a near-term liquidity issues, as opposed to solvency issues," a report this morning said. All insisted they have plenty of assets to sell.
We almost certainly would have broken through the important 1,200 level on the S&P 500 had there not been a report that the feds have asked Goldman and JP Morgan to lead a $70 to $75 lending facility for AIG; this took AIG and the markets off their lows just after 3:30 ET.
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:
Wall Street has fretted that it does not know how to value many derivative assets because they trade so rarely. We are now about to find out, assuming Lehman begins a liquidation of assets.
Traders are fretting that copper and China may be harbingers of things to come.
Copper continues to crumble amid China growth worries and a weak Yuan.
A high-frequency trader going public has skeptics, but there are reasons why the top for that industry isn't near yet.
China sees biggest drop in exports in four-and-a-half years and the biggest trade deficit in two years, weighing on stocks.
Obama's approval rating may be low, but he still attracted big money Democrats at a fundraiser in Manhattan.
Wall Street's average cash bonuses hit the third highest on record, New York state's comptroller said on Wednesday.
A U.S. judge ordered Fabrice Tourre to pay more than $825,000 after a jury found him liable for defrauding investors.