Patti Domm is CNBC executive news editor, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy. Prior to joining CNBC in 1999 as senior news editor, Domm was the equities editor for the Americas at Reuters. She was also Wall Street editor at Reuters, reporting on mergers, acquisitions and the Street. She also edited three CNBC books on personal investing. Domm serves on the board of the Financial Womens Association of New York.
Water. It's the commodity that nobody can live without. More than half the world is depleting its groundwater faster than it's being replaced. That's why it's a favorite investment idea of Ewen Cameron Watt, chairman of BlackRock's Central Strategy Group.
The banking industry, a source of pain for the markets since the credit crunch began, is center stage in today's trading. Citigroup shares this morning are getting whacked after Merrill Lynch slashed earnings estimates and said Citi could take another big writedown.
Inflation data and some retailers' earnings are the big headlines ahead of Tuesday's opening bell. Home Depot, Target and Macy's all report early in the day. Traders will be watching to see whether the producer price index due out in the morning, shows the same trend as the consumer price index last week - an unexpected pickup in inflation.
Gold lost some of its luster today after U.S. Treasury Under Secretary David McCormick gave support to the idea of International Monetary Fund gold sales. Earlier today, the Treasury, in a turnaround, said it would support gold sales from the IMF's reserves if they are part of a package reforming the way the organization operates.
Traders are fretting that copper and China may be harbingers of things to come.
Names on the move ahead of the open.
Wary financial markets are watching the fall in copper, to see if the red metal is acting as a fire alarm for the global economy.
Copper continues to crumble amid China growth worries and a weak Yuan.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
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