Morning U.S. stock futures index has risen significantly in part that the Chinese stock market didn't experience a 'Black Monday' as many had feared. The oils have clawed off their lows of last week, but remain very near the lows from the beginning of this year. The U.S. dollar has fallen off it highs and is trading sideways. The markets are expected to gap up at the opening.
Here is the current market situation from CNN Money
European markets are mixed today. The CAC 40 is up 1.46% while the DAX gains 0.68%. The FTSE 100 is off 0.46%.
(Reuters) - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc is unlikely to undertake another big acquisition in the next 12 months, Buffett said on Monday, after the company's $37.2 billion deal to buy Precision Castparts Corp - its biggest ever.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. inflation is only temporarily "very low" due in part to commodity prices, while the U.S. economy has nearly achieved full employment, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said on Monday.
-- this port authored by Olivier Armantier, Helene Lee, and Asani Sarkar
In August 2007, at the onset of the recent financial crisis, the Federal Reserve encouraged banks to borrow from the discount window (DW) but few did so. This lack of DW borrowing has been widely attributed to stigma - concerns that, if discount borrowing were detected, depositors, creditors, and analysts could interpret it as a sign of financial weakness. In this post, we review the history of the DW up until 2003, when the current DW regime was established, and argue that some past policies may have inadvertently contributed to a reluctance to borrow from the DW that persists to this day.
Following last week's bad news for the economy (terrible ADP private payrolls, confirmed by a miss in the NFP) which also resulted in bad news for the market which suffered its worst week in years, many were focused on how the market would react to the latest battery of terrible economic news out of China which as we observed over the weekend reported abysmal trade data, and the worst plunge in Chinese factory prices in 6 years. We now know: the Shanghai Composite soared by 5%, rising to 3,928 and approaching the key 4000 level because the ongoing economic collapse led Pavlov's dog to believe that much more easing is coming from the country which as we showed last night has literally thrown the kitchen sink at stabilizing the plunge in stocks.
And while China has adopted most US market manipulation practices, it had yet to levitate stocks on Merger hopes: this was just the catalyst in the overnight ramp. As Reuters reported, trading in major shipping stocks, including China Shipping Development, China Shipping Container Lines and China COSCO Holdings, was suspended on Monday pending announcements, adding to speculation they may be merged. It remains to be seen if any news will emerge or if the market regulators merely halted them just to create the illusion of an imminent merger. For now the "news pending" gimmick worked: the SHCOMP closed at the highs with 300 stocks ending at the 10% limit up.
Just to show how desperate China is to draw in mom and pop yet again, the Shanghai Securities News reported on Friday that "close to 300 China funds that oversee more than 1 trillion yuan ($161 billion) are waiting to enter the stock markets at any time ...
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece and international creditors sought to put final touches on a multi-billion euro bailout accord on Monday to keep the country financially afloat and meet an important debt repayment to the European Central Bank within days.
It began in Dec 2008. To understand it, it is necessary to understand two principles. The first is that gold is money and the dollar is credit, which currently has nontrivial value. A dollar is worth 28.4mg gold. To understand the second, let's look at how markets work at the mechanical level.
Regular readers of this Report know that we emphasize the bid and ask prices as separate values. The people and forces involved in the bid price are different from those involved in the ask price. This is critical in our definition and calculation of the basis and cobasis. You cannot just assume that there is a real price, somewhere between the bid and ask. That may be a working approximation during normal market conditions. But it could be badly misleading.
Suppose there is stress in the market, a crisis impending or active. The bid recedes, and can even withdraw entirely. For example, what if the US Geological Survey were to say that there will be an earthquake in Los Angeles, 15 on the Richter scale, and nothing taller than a dollhouse will be left standing? You would not find any lack of offers to sell real estate. But what is the price of a house in LA? There wouldn't be a bid in LA, and maybe not as f ...
FRANKFURT/HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia is hiring software experts, testing new products and seeking sales partners as it plots its return to the mobile phone and consumer tech arena it abandoned with the sale of its handset business.
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