Wall Street Bonuses Drop as Bank Profits Tank

With Wall Street profits taking a hit again last year, one area that let its players feel a little less affected and breathe a sigh of relief was in bonuses. Things weren't as bad as expected for the usual hefty payouts. According to The New York Times, in a report...

Housing Market Data Beginning To Show Signs of Life

After the biggest (in lost value) and longest (in years) housing downturn in history, U.S. property markets are finally beginning to show signs of consistent recovery. When the subprime mortgage market completely collapsed in 2008, the most significant immediate impact was felt in the credit markets.  Most casual investors are...

Morning Market Report: 29 February 2012

Market Action   US:  Dow Futures: 13030.00 (0.25%), S&P 500 Futures: 1373.30 (0.14%), NASDAQ Futures: 2633.75 (0.07%) Europe: CAC: 3464.55 (0.31%), DAX: 6913.93 (0.38%), FTSE: 5923.13 (-0.08%). Asia-Pacific:Australia: 4298.50 (0.84%),China: 2428.49 (-0.96%),Hong Kong: 21680.08 (0.51%),India: 5385.20 (0.18%),Japan: 9723.24 (0.01%) Metals: Gold: 1787.20 (-0.07%), Silver: 37.17 (0.08%), Copper: 3.92 (0.33%) Energy: Crude Oil: 106.71 (0.15%), Natural...

Management Shakeup in LightSquared, Falcone Appointed to the Board

On Tuesday, LightSquared announced the resignation of CEO Sanjiv Ahuja. He will continue to serve as the chairman of the board. In the interim, Doug Smith, chief network officer, and Marc Montagner, chief financial officer, will serve as co-chief operating officers during the company's search for a new CEO. This is...

Mid Day Market Report: 28 February 2012

 Market Action   US:  Dow: 12992.41 (0.08%), S&P 500: 1369.25 (0.12%), NASDAQ: 2979.47 (0.44%) Europe: CAC: 3453.99 (0.36%), DAX: 6887.63 (0.55%), FTSE: 5927.91 (0.21%). Asia-Pacific:Australia: 4262.72 (-0.11%),China: 2451.86 (0.20%),Hong Kong: 21568.73 (1.63%),India: 5375.50 (1.79%),Japan: 9722.52 (0.91%) Metals: Gold: 1788.80 (0.78%), Silver: 37.09 (4.41%), Copper: 3.91 (0.70%) Energy: Crude Oil: 107.97 (-0.54%), Natural Gas: 2.52 (-3.19%) Commodities:...

Gold Rises after Taking a Breather

Gold (NYSE:GLD) is up today after prices took a three session breather. The commodity us up mostly due to a weaker dollar and value buying. Gold is up around $15 so far on the day, as it continues to modestly rise. A stronger euro was able to help the dollar-dominated...

Consumer Confidence Rises

The index run by the Conference Board measuring consumer confidence was up in February. Analysts polled wanted 63 but the index reportedly rose to 70.8. This increase comes after a loss to the index last month in January. This is a very bullish outlook on the US economy considering...

Californians Brace for 2008 Gas Prices

Oil has been on a rampage lately, only breaking its 20 day win streak a day or two ago. After we have seen oil skyrocket, we have also seen our prices go up at the pump which is putting the squeeze on consumers. The national average continues its ruthless...

FBI Builds Stash of Informants for "Perfect Hedge"

On Monday, the FBI told a group of reporters in New York that with its current stable of informants, it will continue investigating alleged illegal insider trading at hedge funds for at least five more years. The agency has been working on an operation named "Perfect Hedge." Since 2009, its...

Pre-Market Morning Report: 28 February 2012

Market Action   US:  Dow Futures: 13015.00 (0.35%), S&P 500 Futures: 1372.80 (0.40%), NASDAQ Futures: 2619.00 (0.42%) Europe: CAC: 3457.99 (0.48%), DAX: 6881.08 (0.46%), FTSE: 5926.15 (0.18%). Asia-Pacific:Australia: 4262.72 (-0.11%),China: 2451.86 (0.20%),Hong Kong: 21568.73 (1.63%),India: 5375.50 (1.79%),Japan: 9722.52 (0.91%) Metals: Gold: 1781.10 (0.35%), Silver: 35.88 (1.00%), Copper: 3.92 (1.13%) Energy: Crude Oil: 108.44 (-0.11%), Natural...

Hedge Fund Assets Could Hit $2.1 Trillion in 2012

According to a new survey released on Monday by Credit Suisse, hedge fund assets under management could hit $2.13 trillion this year. This news comes from the opinions of 600 surveyed institutional investors with $1.04 trillion in hedge fund assets, according to Reuters. The respondents also believed their hedge fund...

MF Global: Investigators Focusing On $325 million Transfer

As Federal investigators continue reviewing MF Global's last days of business and the mystery of its missing customer money, one action that is causing them to scratch their heads is a $325 million transfer. According to The New York Times, the money may have belonged to customers. The transfer in...

Is JP Morgan the New Goldman Sachs?

I remember the days not too long ago when Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) was labeled the greediest firm on Wall Street. People always blamed Goldman for their shady profiting schemes and what have you but since the recession hit, they have gotten back to basics and it has been awhile since...

U.S. Consumers Paid Off Some Debt In Q4

US consumers began cutting the large deficit in the last quarter of 2011, as US consumer debt was down 1.1% mostly due to declining mortgage debt. The New York Federal Reserve also said that mortgage balances fell 1.6% from the 3Q, according to its Household Debt and Credit Report. Credit...

The Big Three Are Facing New Problems and its Good

Three years ago, Ford, GM and Chrysler were on the brink of collapse. The three American auto companies were in deep trouble and the government had to bailout two out of the three (Ford didn’t take bailout money). Now they are facing a new problem, they aren’t making cars...

Gas Prices Rising Again Near $4 a Gallon

Its Monday morning and guess what? Gas is up yet again, the 20th day in a row. The national average rose to $3.70, up from $3.41 a month ago. Gas continues to surge based on Iran’s threat to cut production to the US and other countries. Improving economic conditions in...

Market Morning Update – 27 February 2012

Market Action * US: Dow Futures: 12909.00 (-0.40), S&P 500 Futures: 1357.30 (-0.44%), NASDAQ Futures: 2591.00 (-0.40%) * Europe: CAC: 3426.49 (-1.18%), DAX: 6779.19 (-1.26%), FTSE: 5883.30 (-0.88%). * Asia: China: 2447.06 (0.30%), Hong Kong: 21217.66 (-0.89%), India: 5281.20 (-2.73%), Japan: 9633.93 (-0.14%) * Metals: Gold: 1769.00 (-0.42%), Silver: 35.26 (-0.22%), Copper: 3.83...

Facts about U.S. Federal Revenues, Spending and Taxes

The U.S. Federal budget deficit should be a major concern for every American citizen. The ever increasing budget deficit was a major factor leading to the Standards & Poor’s downgrading of the Nation’s credit rating.  The issues surrounding the downgrading of the U.S. government’s credit rating were detailed in...

Does Japan Have a Bernie Madoff Scheme?

On Friday, the Japanese asset management firm AIJ Investment Advisors Co.'s stopped its business operations after losing "most of" its YEN 183 billion ($2.3 billion) in managed pension assets. The warning signs of the destruction came as early as 2009. According to The Wall Street Journal, a 2009 client newsletter by...

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