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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Slowdown talk hurts tech, commodities, defense stocks today. UBS downgrades IBM on concerns about a slowing in tech orders; Deutsche Bank downgrades Boeing and Goodrich. Commodities weak across the board—metals, steel, iron ore (2nd day in a row.) Defensive stocks—consumer, drugs all strong. Lilly upgraded at Morgan Stanley.
Commodity based stocks getting hit hard again midday. Alcoa down 5.3 percent, AK Steel down 4.6 percent, oil service down 2.3 percent. What's up? Underlying commodities are weak for a second day in a row--the CRB index (a basket of commodities) has fallen almost 2 percent the past two days.
One of the greatest concerns was the considerable technical damage that was done to the market last week, a concern echoed this morning by Lowry's, the oldest technical analysis service in the country.
Fourth quarter earnings season begins in earnest this week. On Friday, the weak jobs report forced traders to question the recent overweight in tech, industrials and materials. This overweight was based on the assumption that: 1) the U.S. was unlikely to be entering a serious slowdown.
The poor jobs report is causing a rethinking of stock models, which are weighted toward certain sectors based on earnings expectations. Up until recently, many large traders were overweight tech, industrials and materials stocks on two assumptions.
The markets will quickly move from the debacle of the jobs report to earnings, and here the picture is a bit precarious as well. Fourth quarter earnings estimates have been coming down fast. We're expecting earnings for the S&P 500 as a whole to be down 9.5 percent (estimates from Thomson).
Traders are blinking in disbelief at the commodity complex, as the S&P Energy Index (a basket of all the major energy stocks) has hit an historic high and gold stocks have gone parabolic. Look at what gold stocks have done in just the past two days:
Oil has everyone ajar on Wall Street, but today Stratfor--a respected global geopolitical consultant--has put out a thought-provoking piece arguing that oil prices are likely to go DOWN, not up, in the coming months. A massive reduction in global demand due to a softer global economy? No, though that is the usual suspect the oil bears argue.
Alibaba is turning the page on its new era...by closing the book on investors.
A theory about Alibaba's impact on other IPOs may get its first test on Thursday.
Energy stocks fall as Brent Crude oil falls to a 17-month low amid lower demand and plentiful supply.
Alibaba's IPO is getting strong demand, raising questions whether the e-commerce giant will increase the size of its offering.
Alibaba could have sold nearly $2 billion worth of stock listing on Nasdaq, but it was worried about Nasdaq's ability to handle their $21 billion IPO.
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The Federal Reserve is increasingly expected to send a more hawkish message when it meets next week.