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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Futures drop about 6 points on CPI stronger than expected. Elsewhere: 1) Following HSBC and others, Citi said that it's bringing its $49 billion in SIV assets on its balance sheet. Taking this exposure onto their balance sheet can be viewed as a surprise--they had previously indicated that they would not take on any exposure beyond the $10 billion in liquidity funding they provided to the SIVs.
LIBOR rates are down today, admittedly only slightly; but it's a start. Asian markets closed down about 2 percent; Europe also down about 2 percent. Retail sales and jobless claims good, but Producer Price Index indicates wholesale inflation stronger than expected.
Selling in the last hour came back with a vengeance today. Tell me, what does it mean when the Dow is up about 80 points at 3 PM ET, then drops 180 points in 10 minutes, then rallies back to end up about 40? It means traders are confused. Confused by the Fed and why they did not make the announcement yesterday, confused by the headwinds they are facing with weaker earnings and a weaker economy.
Bank of America says their fourth quarter results will be "disappointing" and there are more write-downs coming due to exposure to collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). They will likely not be buying back stock until 2009. Down 2 percent pre-open.
This is not what the markets wanted. The Fed cut 25 basis points on both the fed funds rate and the discount rate. I said markets would sell off if there was not either 1) aggressive rate cuts (50 basis points), and/or 2) aggressive statements that the Fed would do all it could to forestall the crisis in the credit markets.
Quote of the day comes from David Rosenberg, economist at Merrill Lynch, who noted, "There is widespread belief that no matter how bad the news is in the financial sector, there is a sovereign wealth fund out there ready to backstop the stock price."
The nonfarm data 'thread the needle' perfectly: strong, yet not too strong.
The Twenty-First Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on December 5, 1933.
Is it time to step back from retailers?
Taper talk sets in as traders question whether the Federal Reserve will slow down its stimulus program.
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.