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.
It's never pretty on Wall Street when the action in Washington rules the markets. That's certainly been the case this week, while Congress wrestles with the merit and shape of the $700 billion financial markets rescue package, proposed by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson
Warren Buffett said we were on the "brink" last week. That's pretty scary when you look at the unsettled nature of credit markets yesterday and again today, as Congress wrestles on hours of live television with the request to save Wall Street from itself.
Concern about the price the U.S. could pay to rescue the financial system is crushing the dollar and raises questions about whether the government could ultimately intervene to prop it up.
The U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve have pulled out their financial jumper cables, but it's the details that will determine whether their massive bailout plan will recharge the markets and economy. In the week ahead, the markets will focus on how the multi-leveled rescue package is taking shape in Washington.
Where there was dread, there's now a ray of hope: At least that's how some traders were talking at the end of the day Thursday, after the stock market rocketed 300 points in the final hour, the mirror opposite of Wednesday's frightening performance. Going into Friday, traders say there may be some positive follow-through, based on the course of news from Washington overnight.
The deadly Ebola virus became the latest macro concern to jar markets obsessed with a decline in global growth.
Stocks that are on the move before the bell.
Steel companies are finally realizing the need to deleverage, consolidate and restructure.
Many strategists seem nervous that economic data going forward will come in lower than expected. They might be right.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
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