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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On Monday, for example, mutual fund investors panicked and pulled $10.9 billion out of the market (TrimTabs), with particularly large outflows ($4 b) from global funds.
Morgan Stanley is trading down 16 percent, despite several positive analyst comments on their earnings, as traders note that credit spreads are widening. The Reserve's Primary Fund, a money market fund, "broke the buck" (the net asset value of the fund fell below $1) because it owned Lehman paper.
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:
JPMorgan's chief U.S. equity strategist, Tom Lee, said that a "construction boom" seems imminent and should boost stocks.
Global investment management firm Pimco underperformed its peers last month, according to estimates by data tracker Morningstar, following internal strife at the company.
A lot of people think of it as an Old Boys Club but the truth is, Wall Street likes to hire 'em young, says former trader Raj Mahal.