Finance

Who’s to blame for the market turmoil?

The world’s stock markets are in the red for the year amid a global equity rout. But what’s behind it? Despite well-known experts warning about the prospect of a U.S. or even global recession, there is little clear sign to that effect, raising questions as to why stocks are falling so fast. CNBC takes a look at the leading suspects ... Read More »

HTC One A9 now also comes in pink

The acronym was as grating and inaccurate as it was cute and catchy: TINA. It stood for “There Is No Alternative,” and sought to explain in four letters why so many investors kept putting money joylessly into stocks in recent years — supposedly because central banks had banished safe returns from the financial firmament with interest rates near nil. With ... Read More »

Bank investors have suffered two lost decades

After an awful start to 2016, the S&P 500 bank index is at the same level as in the fall of 1996. Not that it hasn’t been a rocky road: The banks doubled over the next 10 years, then crashed amid the financial crisis, before running right back to where they started. And bank investors did enjoy dividends over the ... Read More »

Your first trade for Tuesday

The “Fast Money” traders gave their final thoughts of the day. Pete Najarian is a buyer of McDonald’s (MCD) Dan Nathan is a buyer of PayPal (PYPL) Karen Finerman is a buyer of Weight Watchers (WTW) Guy Adami is a buyer of Texas Instruments (TXN) Trader disclosure: On February 8th the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be ... Read More »

Cramer: Fed could spark a long awaited rally

+ So far, this year has brought weak earnings, issues of valuation and stress in the oil patch. But unless the Federal Reserve provides clarity on where it stands with rate hikes this year, Jim Cramer said it is going to be very hard for the market to find a footing. “When you drill down, the proximate cause of much ... Read More »

Investor optimism falls to 2005 low: Survey

The year is only two weeks old but investors are already down in the dumps. (Tweet This) Global equity markets kicked off 2016 on the wrong foot as concerns over a slowdown in China, as well as plunge in oil prices, have weighed. The S&P 500 has shed about 9 percent this year and has teetered in and out of ... Read More »

How to tell a bull correction from a bear market

It’s a correction, right? Just like August. That was last week’s conventional wisdom, and that was before the S&P 500’s downdraft drove it 10 percent off its highs and wiped away 6.2 percent since the year began. The velocity and pain of the move, however, has more than a few market pros questioning whether the sell-off is really the start ... Read More »

Prepare for stocks to fall another 10%: Larry Fink

BlackRock Chairman and CEO Larry Fink said Friday the stock market could fall another 10 percent and oil prices could test $25 per barrel. “We’re in the midst of a real market decline, bordering on a bear market,” he told “Squawk Box” on CNBC. “But the speed at which this is happening is just a reassessment of the risk, reassessment ... Read More »

Holiday sales fall short of forecasts: NRF

The National Retail Federation said Friday that holiday sales increased 3 percent to $626.1 billion in November and December, falling short of the trade group’s forecast for 3.7 percent growth, as unseasonably warm weather and low prices weighed on results. The news came shortly after the Commerce Department said retail sales posted an unexpected drop in December, falling 0.1 percent ... Read More »

Mutual funds riskier than ETFs: BlackRock CEO Fink

BlackRock Chairman and CEO Larry Fink issued a retort Friday to critics of exchange-traded funds, making his case for why ETFs present less risk than mutual funds. “Let me talk about what ETFs did in the periods of real turmoil,” Fink told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” He cited the performance of BlackRock’siShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF during the ... Read More »