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 reported its first quarterly loss ($854 million, or $6.90 a share) in its history. Writedowns of $1.9 billion on lower value of mortgage-related securities. Up fractionally. Nike beat, up 3 percent pre-open, and expects low double digit revenue in the second half of fiscal 2008.
Most companies this morning reported disappointing earnings, and a few highlighted the impact of inflation on their bottom line. 1) Morgan Stanley reported a loss of $3.61 vs. a consensus of a loss of $0.39.
As we near the end of the year, the S&P is up a measly 2 percent. If it ends here, it will be the worst year since 2002. One reason for a lackluster year in stocks has been the complete and utter indifference of the Ameican investor to U.S. stocks. To be blunt, U.S. investors are sticking all their cash in overseas funds.
Two consecutive 170 point losses in the Dow. Supply of stock for sale seems to be plentiful, and demand seems to be lacking. If lack of liquidity during the last two weeks of the year has been one reason the market has had the jitters, then the ECB's $500 billion injection should be a big help. We are modestly higher, but it's the energy stocks leading, not financials.
Merry Christmas! The ECB's decision to inject half a trillion (trillion!) into the global marketplace (technically, they are providing what is essentially unlimited loans at a fixed fate for the next couple weeks) is definitely giving equities a shot in the arm this morning. This should put some pressure on bonds, lower LIBOR rates, and maybe prop up the dollar a bit.
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.