Small caps up over two percentage points, DOW up 360 and WTI fell to 39.62 after OPEC failed to agree an oil production ceiling and they will continue to pump.
Here is the current market situation from CNN Money
North and South American markets are mixed today. The S&P 500 is up 1.88% while the IPC gains 0.06%. The Bovespa is off 2.68%.
OPEC's move could either be considered 'stupid' following oil's price plunge, or the 'right call' to defend market share against outside producers, but prices are doomed to fall either way. Full Story
The euro edged lower Friday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said there's "no doubt" the ECB would expand its stimulus regimen if needed. The euro tumbled to $1.0838 after the remarks from $1.0890 shortly beforehand. The remarks were made during a... Full Story
$NYA200R chart below is the percentage of stocks above the 200 DMA and is always a good statistic to follow. It can depict a trend of declining equities which is always troubling, especially when it drops below 60% - 55%. Dropping below 40%-35% signals serious continuing weakness and falling averages.
VIENNA (Reuters) - OPEC members failed to agree an oil production ceiling on Friday at a meeting that ended in acrimony, after Iran said it would not consider any production curbs until it restores output scaled back for years under Western sanctions.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employment increased strongly in November in a show of the economy's resilience, which most likely paves the way for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this month for the first time in nearly a decade.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc has expanded to three more states, bringing the total to nine, and 47 of the 52 people affected say they ate at the popular burrito chain before falling ill.
(Reuters) - American Apparel Inc founder and former Chief Executive Dov Charney said he was exploring plans with potential and existing investors and industry executives to revive the bankrupt company.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has the clear signs she wanted of labor market healing to push ahead with the first U.S. rate rise in a decade in December, but may have a tougher time selling further hikes to a skeptical board.
LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) - Egyptian tycoon Nassef Sawiris has formed a partnership with U.S. investor Mason Hawkins and his colleagues at Southeastern Asset Management to drive change at companies they invest in - and they have sportswear firm Adidas in their sights.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Samsung fought until the bitter end to avoid paying Apple, but the company now says it will finally hand over the more than $548 million it owes for infringing the patents and designs of its biggest smartphone rival.
Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,
Economic activity is slowing down all over the planet, and a whole host of signs are indicating that we are essentially exactly where we were just prior to the great stock market crash of 2008. Yesterday, I explained that the economies of Japan, Brazil, Canada and Russia are all in recession. Today, I am mainly going to focus on the United States. We are seeing so many things happen right now that we have not seen since 2008 and 2009.
In so many ways, it is almost as if we are watching an eerie replay of what happened the last time around, and yet most of the "experts" still appear to be oblivious to what is going on. If you were to make up a checklist of all of the things that you would expect to see just before a major stock market crash, virtually all of them are happening right now. The following are 11 critical indicators that are absolutely screaming that the global economic crisis is getting deeper...
#1 On Tuesday, the price of oil closed below 40 dollars a barrel. Back in 2008, the price of oil crashed below 40 dollars a barrel just before the stock market collapsed, and now it has happened again.
Some of the money managers who made names (and billions of dollars) for themselves in the past decade are suddenly failing:
Hedge Funds Brace for Redemptions
(Bloomberg) - When BlueCrest Capital Management told investors Tuesday it would no longer oversee money for outsiders, one thing founder Michael Platt didn't mention was that clients had already pulled billions of dollars this year.
Platt, who cited client demands and pressure on fees as a reason for his decision, isn't alone in feeling the heat from investors. Firms including Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC and Mason Capital Management have seen cash flee this year, and others such as Fortress Investment Group LLC's macro funds business shut down after redemptions and losses.
Hedge fund investors are losing patience even with marquee firms as many of them struggle this year, especially those that offer macro strategies or stock funds heavily weighted to rising shares. Some managers have lost money for two years running, while others such as David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital are suffering declines that rival their worst year. After the weakest third-quarter inflows in six years, the industry could see outflows in the fourth quarter, said investors and bankers who watch the ebb and flow of hedge fund assets.
"The fourth quarter will be flat and possibly negative," said Peter Laurelli, head of research at Eves ...
ECRI's WLI Growth Index which forecasts economic growth six months forward - improved but remains in negative territory. This index had spent 28 weeks in negative territory, then 15 weeks in positive territory - and now is in its 16th week in negative territory. Today, ECRI released its inflation guage and is discussed below.
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