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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Bear Stearns is moving up again, up 58 percent to $7.62. There is no way to explain this move up other than there are some people who believe that the terms of the deal will be improved or there will be a white knight to make a counter bid.
Good reports from Lehman and Goldman, and housing starts are above expectations. Core PPI up 0.5 percent is higher than the 0.3 percent expected, but that is being pushed aside in favor of the more bullish housing starts data.
There are two events occurring today: 1) The finanical services industry is systematically unwinding. Firms that are involved in financial execution are getting hammered midday: Interactive Brokers down 25 percent, ETrade down 12 percent, TradeStation down 12 percent.
H&R Block up 5 percent as Wilbur Ross has agreed to acquire Option One's Servicing Business for $1.1 Billion from H&R Block. He is not buying the mortgages, merely the right to service them. Another HMO lowers its outlook. Coventry lowered its 2008 forecast, citing the impact of flu on costs.
To everyone who called me or emailed me over the weekend saying, "How could this happen? How could Bear Stearns go from $57 to $2 in two days?" I would offer the comment of one astute trader, who said, "When you are levered 30 times and have no access to finance it doesn't take a huge move on $400 billion in assets and $260 billion of debt to wipe out the equity."
Bear Stearns is not the only one making changes to their calendar. Credit card giant Visa, which was scheduled to price its mammoth IPO Wednesday night for trading Thursday, is moving the offering up to price Tuesday night for trading trade on Wednesday.
The trading pattern remains the same: the market does not move up unless there is some outside piece of news. Today it is the better than expected CPI. Yesterday it was comments from Standard and Poor's and hopes for a government rescue of the mortgage market.
First actively managed ETF coming next week (I think). As you know, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are baskets of stocks tied to indices. Still, most mutual funds are actively managed, that is, they are not tied to indices and they have managers to make picks.
Stocks have pared some losses on a couple of potentially positive developments. First, Standard and Poor's has issued a report saying the "end of write downs is now in sight" for big institutions.
Futures down 17 points, as Carlyle Capital's mortgage unit is on the verge of bankruptcy; their lenders are forcing the sale of assets to meet margin calls. They are in default of margin calls of over $400 million and are highly leveraged.
The unofficial odds are rising that the Fed will announce taper plans at its December meeting.
Three Wall Street trade groups sued the Commodities Futures Trading Commission to stop tough overseas trading guidelines they fear.
Paid in the form of assistance programs, the funds are in effect a subsidy to the banking industry, The Washington Post reported.