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.
Traders went home Friday thinking about Japan's tragic earthquake and tsunami, more possible unrest in the Middle East, and Europe's sovereign debt problems.
Markets head into Friday watching and waiting to see if economic news outweighs geopolitical concerns, after Thursday's "risk off" selling spree.
Stocks seem locked in a trading band of indecision, as traders await the next development from the Middle East or economic news that could move the market forward.
Nomura Securities, which put a target of $220 on oil not too long ago, is scaling back on some energy trading and restructuring commodities staff in London and Asia, a source said.
Wall Street's bull enters its third year with a furrowed brow. Middle East tensions, soaring oil prices, combined with worries surrounding Europe's weakest sovereigns are powerful hurdles facing the young bull.
Gasoline is spiking to $4 a gallon and above in some parts of the U.S., but the worst of the price shock could be over—unless oil production is threatened beyond Libya.
Wall Street's Bull is a two-year-old, more than 93 percent from its lows, but there's still a strong case to be made for the bull to run for a couple years more.
Even in a Thanksgiving holiday lull, financial markets are gearing up for a week of drama.
Names on the move ahead of the open.
Traders eye geopolitics and some major indicators on the U.S. economy ahead of the holiday.
Check out the companies making headlines after the bell Tuesday: HP Inc, Wal-Mart & more.
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