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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With all the talk about the benefits of airline mergers, there are some sad realities around this entire business. Here is a somewhat downbeat -- and controversial -- assessment about what all these mergers might really mean, from Peter Schiff, president of brokerage firm Euro Pacific Capital.
My favorite story today: research from the University of Cambridge concludes that much of the daily movements of financial markets may be correlated with hormone levels, specifically of testosterone (aggressiveness) and cortisol (stress).
It could have been worse. Wachovia's horrible earnings report, along with a dividend cut and a $7 b capital raising effort, dropped many financials two to six percent or more, with small regional banks that have significant real estate exposure particularly hard hit.
On Friday, General Electric surprised, now it's Wachovia Bank's turn. They missed by a mile: a loss of $0.14 from continuing operations, consensus was a gain of $0.40. They are cutting their dividend 41 percent and seeking to raise $7 b in capital, so the poor earnings will be diluted even more.
Well, it could have been a lot worse--while certain financials and industrials are weak, the damage could have been a lot worse from GE's miss. Note that United Technologies' CEO George David tells Reuters he is "quite comfortable" with their full year profit target.
GE reported first quarter earnings of $0.44, below the $0.51 consensus and $0.50-$0.53 guidance. Full year guidance was cut to $2.20-$2.30 from $2.42. Down 11 percent pre-open. This was the biggest miss most analysts can remember; certainly the biggest miss in over a decade.
We have an energy problem with the markets right now. Volume has been pitiful since the month of April started, with the exception of the first day of the month. Absence a catalyst (start of the quarter, for example), or positive economic stats, the tendency of the markets in this situation is to drift, and usually drift lower.
March retail same store sales were weak, outside of discounters. Remember companies and analysts have been aggressively taking down first quarter estimates for over a month (as well as same store sales), but companies like JC Penney, Target, Gap, Abercrombie, and Kohls were all notably below expectations on same store sales.
Retailers struggle with elevated promotions, nimble competitors and kids' preference of tech over clothes.
It's the biggest complaint of the trading community this year: where has all the volume gone?
Alibaba filed an amended statement this morning, but investors are still waiting to see the IPO terms.
Emerging markets are gathering steam, a sign of the U.S. rally's global heft.
Bank of America asked a federal judge to throw out a verdict finding it liable for fraud over defective mortgages sold by its Countrywide unit.
An influential U.S. financial services industry group is downplaying concerns about possible breaches at JPMorgan Chase and other banks.
Since 1950, September is the worst performing month for the S&P 500 index.