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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Why are financials weak again? Because the Street has come to realize that estimates for 2008 are too high. They have already attacked earnings for the fourth quarter (S&P Financial Sector estimates for Q4 are down 20% compared to the same period last year); now they are attacking 2008.
We are still waiting for the NYSE to announce the winner of the bid for Van der Moolen's specialist business. Van der Moolen announced a couple weeks ago that they were exiting the business; I have reported Lehman is the winner, but there has been no official announcement.
Financials again underperformed today, despite Treasury Secretary Paulson's press conference highlighting his efforts to help homeowners whose ARMs are resetting at higher rates. One likely cause of the continuing selloff in financials is tax loss selling. Keefe Bruyette Woods highlighted this in a note today to investors.
Treasury Secretary Paulson has been floating a plan to help people whose Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) are resetting at higher rates. The Street, for the most part, supports the plan, but does it really change the fundamentals of the housing industry?
One of the biggest problems the Street has is that no one knows how to value assets that are plummeting: in particular mortgage backed securities and their derivatives, and (to a lesser extent) land in markets that are experiencing severe downturns.
Despite last week's relief rally and a widespread belief that the Fed and the executive and legislative branches of government are working on solutions to the subprime mess, there are still Street analysts cranking out reports on the probability of a recession.
Stocks, particularly financials, rose today for the fourth day in a row. Is this the bottom of the market? It's not clear, but the signs are more auspicious than they have been in a while. consider: 1--economic news this week, for the most part, has been poor, giving the Fed cover to lower rates.
Will the rally hold? For the first time in weeks, at least half the traders I've talked with think we will end the day with gains, though perhaps not at the highs. Bulls say: 1--We have broken the "sell in the last hour" mantra in the last two days.
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.