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.
In 2013, he won Third Place in the National Headliner Awards in the Business and Consumer Reporting category for his documentary on the diamond business, "The Diamond Rush."
In 2014, Bob was honored with a Recognition Award from the Market Technicians Association for "steadfast efforts to integrate technical analysis into financial decision making, journalism and reporting."
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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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.
Citi taking approximately $45 billion of SIV assets onto its balance sheet today is generating a tidal wave of debate--much of it positive. Mid-morning, Goldman Sachs upgraded Citi's debt (not the stock) to Outperform. Analyst Louise Pitt had this to say: "While we expect further losses from CDO and mortgage exposure in coming months...
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.
Hedge funds have seen the worst start to the year since the financial crisis, as returns in January and March were both in the red.
The Fed indicated to Citi that it would get more time to fix "stress test" planning problems before rejecting its capital plan.
Goldman Sachs reported quarterly earnings and revenue that topped analysts' expectations on Thursday.