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.
Goodbye 2008, and good riddance. Stocks could drift higher in the final session of the year Wednesday, but volume promises to remain light. There's little expectation much will happen to take away the sting of the year's near 40 percent declines.
Some traders are still holding out hope that a Santa rally will sweep stocks higher in the final week of the year, though there is no expectation that volume will improve until January. They also caution that a new round of hedge fund redemptions could pound the markets early in the year, dampening any January buying.
With the U.S. stock market in an extended funk, earnings offer at least a temporary escape route.
Bullish case made for oil's drop on fourth-quarter results.
Lower gas prices and better employment numbers could have been factors in better guidance from retailers.
The bond market seems to have heard a dovish undercurrent in the Fed minutes, while stock traders seem to think they got the Fed's message right.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
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