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.
In the face of a wobbly market, financials for the second day have been moving higher on the Fed's big surprise rate cut and the hope for more. For several weeks now, we've heard pundits of all sorts debating whether the group is hitting bottom, as it airs its dirty laundry this earnings period. Clearly, the shorts fear that view is true because they have been covering positions in a big way.
Anecdotal evidence that the U.S. consumer's marathon spending spree may be slowing to a trot increases daily. By some measures, the U.S. consumer makes up about 19 percent of the world economy and 70 percent of the U.S. economy, so the health of American consumption is key.
Important economic data will compete with Citigroup's much-anticipated earnings report ahead of Tuesday's opening bell. Retail sales data is being particularly watched to see if it is weak enough to prompt the Fed to cut rates even before its regular meeting at the end of the month.
The idea that financials are close to a turning point has been percolating for several weeks. But word that Citigroup could take a massive writedown when it releases earnings tomorrow has added fuel to the theory the group may be closing in on a bottom.
Yet another warning flag was raised Wednesday over the high-priced junk bond market.
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.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
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