LOS ANGELES, Oct 7- Yum Brands Inc's disappointing results from restaurants in China including KFC and Pizza Hut add pressure on Chief Executive Greg Creed to make swift changes to the business that is its main driver of sales and profit, analysts said on Wednesday. Yum shares sank as much as 19.3 percent on Wednesday, a day after the company shocked investors by...» Read More
Speculation in London newspapers over the weekend about a potential $50 billion offer on the way for Alcoa from BHP Billiton is among the largest of possible deals for traders to focus on today.
Energizer's $1.16 billion bid for small consumer products company Playtex Products may be the starting point for more deals in what has been a quiet sector lately.
Today wasn't an all-time high for the Nasdaq, but there were plenty of investors who snapped up shares of semis and networking stocks. More than a few big cap techs posted multi-year highs on bullish predictions ahead of earnings, which kick off next week.
Rather than reaching for the Dramamine, many options market speculators are seeing opportunity in increased stock market volatility through purchasing call options tied to the Volatility index.
Despite anxiety over subprime loans, tightening credit and weak housing, the U.S. stock market seems to keep bouncing back. Why? On "Morning Call," Bill Schultz, chief investment officer at McQueen, Ball & Associates, and David Dietze, president & chief investment strategist at Point View Financial Services, offered their takes.
Those who bought Alcoa July call options on Monday managed to catch a break in spite of lackluster quarterly results. Late Monday the aluminum maker posted revenue figures below analysts' estimates -- the very type of news that can hammer a company's shares and evaporate the value of call options.
A fire is burning under options of two well known retailing names: Target and Macy's.
While Wall Street coasted into a sleepy pre-holiday finish on Tuesday, options in Hilton Hotels were actively traded as shares of Hilton rose in the abbreviated trading session.
The Chicago Board Options Exchange, the largest U.S. options market, said it will list options on The Blackstone Group starting on Monday.
On "Morning Call," two strategists agreed--naturally enough--that interest rates are a prime stock market mover. But they split on where rates and stocks are headed as the economy enters the fiscal year's second half. Ned Riley, CEO of Riley Asset Management, and Alan Lancz, president of Alan B. Lancz & Associates, offered their predictions to CNBC's Carl Quintanilla.
Stocks may open higher after early weakness on this final day of the second quarter. European markets are mostly lower, and Asia was mixed with Tokyo up 1%. The discovery of an explosive device in a car in London impacted market tone in Europe.
Options volume in Ford Motor swelled today as bulls moved in with force to snap up call options, or bets that Ford's stock will rise further above the 52 week high level that shares reached today.
Stocks are flat ahead of the opening, though stock markets worldwide are springing higher on the back of Wall Street's gains Wednesday. The focus today is on the Fed.
Stock futures point lower this morning after a weak showing in equities markets worldwide. European stocks are trading lower, and Asian markets were mostly down overnight. Volatility will no doubt be the tone of the day, as the Fed starts its two-day meeting. Durable goods fell 2.8%, below expectations. The dollar slid after the report and Treasurys rallied.
Stock futures are perking up this morning after three sessions of selling. Housing starts for May are reported today and there are a few earnings reports to make headlines.
In a special edition of "Power Lunch at the Four Seasons," Abby Joseph Cohen, the chief U.S. portfolio strategist at Goldman Sachs, offered her perspective on the markets, the S&P 500 and the global economy to CNBC's Bill Griffeth.
With the second half beginning next week, two market analysts joined "Morning Call" to give their outlook for stocks for the remainder of 2007. Charles Bobrinskoy, vice chairman and director of research at Ariel Capital Management, is "somewhere between cautious and bearish," while Patricia Chadwick, president of Ravengate Partners, "is not as worried."
An uptick in bond yields and rising oil prices are adding pressure to stock futures after yesterday's rocky trading day. Asian stocks were higher overnight, but European markets are wilting this morning.
Stock futures are laying a firm foundation for a higher opening today, as some big earnings dominate the morning headlines. Morgan Stanley stock is climbing after the firm reported a 41% increase in profit.
As stocks overcame weak housing data Tuesday morning, market experts shared insights on “Morning Call.” Scott Fullman, director of investment strategy at Israel A. Englander, highlighted the market’s “strong resiliency.” ... And Bill Nichols, senior managing director of equity at Bear Sterns, said new highs for “mega-caps” are good for the overall market.