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.
Not since 1990, has there been such a high percentage of foreigners opening their check books to buy U.S. companies (see state below). Today's $8.5 billion offer for Commerce Bank from Canada's TD Bank is just the latest and part of a growing trend of cross border transactions coming from Canada and other countries.
Markets around the world rocked on after yesterday's record setting session on Wall Street and U.S. stocks are set to move moderately higher on the open. Merger activity tops the news with an offer from Canada's TD Bank Financial Group's to buy Commerce Bank for $8.5 Billion.
October's normally the month to fear on Wall Street, but it'll be hard to top the scary volatility of the summer. A hefty economic calendar, the start of corporate earnings season, news from the mired housing market, and the continuing unwinding of the credit crunch will keep market volatility high this coming month.
You can hear the collective sigh of relief as Wall Street gets ready to slam the books on the third quarter today. It's hard to believe after all that rocking and rolling, but the Dow is up 3.8% for the quarter, as of yesterday's close. The S&P 500 is up 1.9% and the Nasdaq, high on a tech rally, is up 4%.
Is the credit crunch becoming more of a crumple? There certainly are encouraging signs of life in the credit markets where just a few weeks ago there was a scary paralysis. But it's too soon to call an end to the crisis even though the stock market is clearly taking the improvements to heart.
The Street is edging toward the end of one of the most volatile quarters in recent memory ... and for all those a bit tired of the excitement, it looks like it might actually have a laid-back and happy ending.
We're back in the "bad news is good news" phase. At least that's how you may want to read the stock market's reaction to today's clunker of a durable goods number, its worst monthly reading since January. Durable orders fell by 4.9% in August, below the 3.5% decline expected and way off from July's 6.1% increase.
A relatively swift resolution to the United Auto Workers strike against General Motors is giving some lift to stocks this morning. The dollar is defying gravity and is bouncing off its lows against the Euro but that move looks like it will be short lived.
Tensions around Ukraine will dominate markets Friday as diplomatic efforts are expected to generate buzz.
Stocks stumbled after weak China data and rising geopolitical tensions.
Stocks tumbled amid concerns events that surrounding Ukraine are escalating and China's slowing growth will rub off on the global economy.
Alibaba reportedly seeking a U.S.-listed IPO versus one in Hong Kong.
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.
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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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