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.
When oil was climbing past $50, $60, $70 and even $80 a barrel, the big question was: Where is the breaking point for the economy? Now, with the economy staring down a recession, oil is at $110 per barrel. Some economists are saying the price is now beyond that breaking point -- and the duration of higher prices and the resulting impact on gasoline prices will be a big factor in the economy's ability to shake off its sluggishness.
J.P. Morgan and Co equities strategists are cutting their 2008 outlook for the market and having earnings outlooks, but they still see upside for some sectors, particularly financials and energy.
Gloom and doom greets the February employment report Friday. There's not much optimism around that report, which is released at 8:30 a.m. Estimates range from a slight increase in jobs to a slight decrease. Lehman expects job growth of 15,000, after January's 17,000 loss.
Inflation worries are again gnawing at stocks. That sent gold and oil racing to new highs as the greenback hit new lows. The resulting concern about inflation promises to be a topic on investors' minds Thursday as they await rate decisions from the Bank of England and the European Central Bank, ahead of the U.S. open.
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.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
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Stocks rose to new highs as investors reacted to strong home-price gains and a jump in consumer confidence.
Not only has job growth been slow, but too many new jobs have paid poorly. That could change in the coming year.
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