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.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is back on the hot seat today and Wall Street, meanwhile is sifting through some big earnings reports. What look to be strong earnings from Goldman Sachs improved early sentiment. Goldman Sachs, as expected, handily beat earnings estimates with profits of $2.85 billion, or $6.13 per share, compared to an estimated $4.37 per share. The numbers included $1.71 billion in losses related to leverage loans, which in part was offset by a gain from the sale of wind power company Horizon Energy.
Two days after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke got a vote of confidence from the markets for the Fed's half point rate cut, he and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson head to Capital Hill for a hearing on the mortgage mess. They appear before the House Financial Services Committee starting at 10 a.m. Thursday.
The stock market's got some of its swagger back. Flush with a new infusion of confidence, investors will carry that into Wednesday. Before the opening bell on Wall Street, we'll get a look at consumer inflation data, August housing starts and another big broker's earnings. But there certainly should be some afterglow from Tuesday's Fed-fired rally cooked into the start of trading.
Chatter on the street is that Goldman Sachs can't help but beat Wall Street's estimates when it reports earnings tomorrow. For that reason, it's one of the few in the brokerage group still holding onto gains at the close. Goldman stock closed up 2.5%. Bear Stearns, also reporting tomorrow, fell 3%. Morgan Stanley was down 2% after a disappointing report this morning, and Lehman was down a half a percent. Merrill Lynch though was 1% higher.
Trading should stay tentative ahead of the Fed's Tuesday afternoon announcement. But before that news, Wall Street will have to navigate the first big earnings from the brokerage industry and some important economic data, including inflation measure, producer prices.
Patti Domm is CNBC Executive Editor, News, responsible for news coverage of the markets and economy.
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