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.
The slightly better-than-expected increase in November non-farm jobs gave some support to stock prices, but has done little to change the debate about what the Fed will do when it meets on Tuesday. The Street has been in hot debate about whether the Fed will trim the target 4.50 percent Fed funds rate target by a quarter or a half point.
The Bush Administration's plan to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure is the big item on the agenda for Thursday. The plan, already drawing criticism, will be announced by the president in the afternoon and is expected to include a five-year freeze on the resetting of some of the low introductory, teaser rates that drew in many of the weakest borrowers.
Stocks are getting a bounce on ADP's jobs report, which already has some on Wall Street revising their view on the government jobs report due Friday and is adding to the debate on what the Fed will do next week. The ADP National Employment report, released this morning, showed a surprisingly strong gain in November private sector jobs of 189,000.
The bad news that was scaring the markets has, for now, become the good news. Remember Monday. Things were dire. The major stock indexes were in a tailspin, sinking to a level 10% from October's highs, technically a correction. But that's all changed, and in part it's because the markets are now convinced the Fed recognizes what ails it.
Fed Vice Chairman Donald Kohn, in one speech, has changed Wall Street's view on the Fed. While most market players have expected the Fed to cut rates, the Fed itself seemed to be sending another message and that had some investors vexed.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
A CNBC reporter since 1990, Bob Pisani covers Wall Street from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Sharon Epperson is CNBC's senior commodities and personal finance correspondent.
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Rick Santelli joined CNBC Business News as an on-air editor in 1999, reporting live from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade.
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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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