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.
Merger madness is gripping Wall Street this morning and stocks, so far, are ready to sprint higher at the open. European markets are trading higher, and Asian stocks rose overnight, with a weaker yen helping lift Japan's Nikkei more than 1.6%.
Stocks are heading for a lower opening as snow falls on Wall Street and investors await consumer inflation data and consumer confidence numbers. Today is the quadruple witching day for the expiration of stock futures and options, but the resulting volatility may have already been played out when we saw the market take a roller coaster ride earlier this week. Asian markets were weaker overnight, and European stock markets are trading lower ahead of the New York open.
World stock markets are bouncing back after Wall Street's higher close Wednesday. Of course, those gains came after a somersault session that saw the Dow take a 200-plus-point round trip, after dipping below 12,000. Volatility is likely to stay as we head toward the expiration of options Friday. For now, futures point to a higher opening.
Stocks index futures are slumping ahead of the opening as news from the subprime mortgage world continues to flow. February retail sales data and an earnings report from Goldman Sachs GS could influence direction. European markets are weaker and CNBC Europe reports that worries about U.S. subprime lenders are creeping up there. Asian markets were mostly lower, dragged down by a rising yen.
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