Compulsive used-book buyer. Trying to communicate w/ animal spirits in US markets & the opinionators who watch them (analysts, etc.)

U.S. Stock Futures Rise on Hopes in Tech Sector — U.S. stock futures rose Wednesday, with technology shares rebounding from steep losses after a strong quarterly report from Apple Inc. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose 36 points, or 0.2%, to 17414. S&P 500 futures gained eight points, or 0.4%, to 2038, and Nasdaq-100 futures jumped 44 points, or 1.1%, to 4222.

U.S. Stocks Rally in Choppy Trade — U.S. stock futures rose Thursday, ahead of a decision from the European Central Bank that is expected to bring fresh stimulus in the form of a bond-buying program. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures added 42 points, or 0.2%, to 17533. S&P 500 futures rose four points, or 0.2%, to 2031 and Nasdaq-100 futures gained two points, or 0.1%, to 4185.

BTIG Strategist’s Corporate-Profit Forecast Gets Burned By Falling Oil — The falling price of oil has forced yet another Wall Street strategist to lower his estimate for corporate profits this year. Dan Greenhaus, BTIG's chief global strategist, today cut his forecast for earnings-per-share from S&P 500 companies by $3, to $123. He cites the near-60% slide in oil prices and a soaring greenback.

Oil Drop to Cause ‘Lost Year of EPS Growth,’ BAML Says — Falling oil prices will hurt, not help, corporate profits this year, says Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The bank's strategists cut their forecasts for S&P 500's earnings growth in a note Tuesday, citing the monthslong dive in oil prices and a strengthening U.S. dollar.

U.S. Stocks Edge Up — U.S. stock futures rose Tuesday, buoyed by better-than-expected quarterly earnings from Alcoa Inc. and upbeat Chinese economic data. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures advanced 83 points, or 0.5%, to 17651. S&P 500 futures gained nine points, or 0.4%, to 2031 and Nasdaq-100 futures rose 21 points, or 0.5%, to 4187.

Oil to Put Chill on U.S. Earnings Season — As fourth-quarter earnings season gets under way, investors are bracing for the softest U.S. profit growth in years, pinched by collapsing oil prices and a strong dollar. That double whammy, coupled with the highest valuations for stocks since the financial crisis, will test the market's ability to prolong its extended bull run and will likely make for continued bumpy trading in the weeks ahead.

Retailers Take Gloomy View of Fourth Quarter — Retailers and other consumer companies are telling shareholders not to get too excited about falling gas prices. Consumer-discretionary firms have been notably downbeat about their fourth-quarter performance, with 24 in the S&P 500 saying their earnings will be lower than expected.

U.S. Stocks Extend Losses After Selloff — U.S. stock futures were little changed Tuesday, a day after the Dow industrials posted their biggest decline since early October. Oil prices extended their slide, while the 10-year Treasury yield fell below 2%. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures shed three points to 17447.

Wall Street Strategists Predict More Stock Gains in 2015 — Wall Street has a message for U.S. stock investors: Don't fear the Federal Reserve in 2015. The U.S. central bank is expected to raise short-term interest rates this year for the first time in nearly a decade, but strategists still expect U.S. stocks to end the year with gains.

U.S. Stock Futures Trade Higher — U.S. stock futures rose Friday, putting the Dow industrials on early track for a seventh straight session of gains. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures advanced 33 points, or 0.2%, to 18021. S&P 500 futures gained four points, or 0.2%, to 2082 and Nasdaq-100 futures rose 12 points, or 0.3%, to 4294.
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Jan 28, 2015

.@katie_martin_FX he seems significantly less excited about produce than U.S. policymakers were in 2010

Jan 27, 2015

Great moment on @WNYC: ultra-British @BBCWorld broadcaster pokes fun at NYCers "kvetching" about storm. No stiff upper lips here I'm afraid

Jan 27, 2015

RT @bespokeinvest: Between earnings and snowfall totals, it hsn't been a good week for forecasting.

Jan 27, 2015

RT @NYGovCuomo: The travel ban in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester, Nassau counties & NYC is lifted effective at 7:3…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @johngapper: I sense a pent-up storm front of New Yorkers waking up to discover it hasn't snowed much and the subway is still closed

Jan 27, 2015

RT @ryanavent: You guys totally should have voted for the guy who always knows what the weather is going to be ahead of time.

Jan 25, 2015

RT @RealAvocadoFact: If an avocado is buried in two feet of snow, now is the winter of our discontent with late capitalism made glorious sometimes these don't wo

Jan 23, 2015

Here is a manifesto for polite people (appropriately, it is thoughtful and contains zero outrage) -…

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