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.
Tech is the bright spot today and could be a big market driver. That Nasdaq is particularly strong after its 1% gain yesterday. Major stock markets in Europe are all higher, after Asian markets closed with gains. The Dow and S&P 500 had just slight gains yesterday of just above 0.3% each.
As I reported last week, tech was the bright lure in an otherwise fishy market. Well, we saw just how stinky that market could become Friday when not even tech brought buyers in the door. But those buyers were the first ones back in on Monday, and Apple promises to keep the tech fire burning. It reported a 67% jump in fiscal fourth quarter profits earnings to $904 million or $1.01 per share, well above expectations. Apple shares were sharply higher after hours.
Is the U.S. dollar bottoming? CNBC's Rick Santelli thinks it might be. The dollar has been on a downhill slide against the euro and other currencies for weeks now. As of the end of last week, the dollar lost 7.7% against the euro since the beginning of the year, and it continued to move lower overnight. But it did a reversal this morning, and that makes Santelli think it's time to look at the charts.
Worry about slowing economic growth and a new bout of credit fears ignited the global sell off in stocks which continues into the U.S. open. Wall Street was the first market to spiral downward in Friday's big sell off amid worries the U.S. sub prime mess will take longer to sweep away than expected and is fanning out into other types of credits.
Fear returned to Wall Street this past week, and the Fed's meeting Oct. 31 is now being looked at as a necessary balm for the markets. Rightly or wrongly, that's how traders are see it, and they now expect the Fed to cut its target Fed funds rate and probably discount rate by a quarter point at that meeting.
Some big earnings reports and the afterglow of Google's solid profit report will compete with worries about credit issues and the background chatter of G-7 officials Friday. The U.S. dollar's record-setting slide and oil's record-setting rise will also be a focus. Oil broke through a record $90 per barrel in electronic trading Thursday evening.
Wall Street will try to shake off its housing induced malaise on Wednesday, with the help of some good earnings news from the tech world. But key inflation and housing data and another batch of major earnings before the bell will be play a big role in deciding the course for stocks.
Today we have a case of foreigners pulling the rip cord, and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson stating the obvious: Housing stinks and it's getting worse. Foreigner investors in August dumped U.S. stocks at a rate nearly four times greater than in any other one month period.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
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