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GOP Senate takeover could boost sagging energy stocks

reuters.com — Credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson An oil field is seen at sunrise near Bakersfield, California October 14, 2014. Political oddsmakers say Republicans should win the Senate in next week's mid-term elections. Although major reforms on big issues like taxes or immigration are thought unlikely, GOP control of Congress could see laws advanced in a handful of areas, with energy topping the list.

Morning Bid with David Gaffen

blogs.reuters.com — Few political developments in the last several months have been more binary than Brazil's election - more than the Federal Reserve, more than the European Central Bank, Ebola, the U.S. Midterm elections, Ukraine, what-have-you.

Morning Bid with David Gaffen

blogs.reuters.com — Fear remains in the markets - and is being tested again following the diagnosis of a New York-based doctor with the Ebola virus, even though there are just nine documented cases of the deadly disease on U.S. soil so far and just one death, the original Liberian patient who contracted the illness and who entered this country.

Morning Bid with David Gaffen

blogs.reuters.com — There's a glut of various stresses operating in the markets right now: Europe's inability to get out of its own way, the sharp fall in oil prices that probably says more about supply issues and lackluster demand in Asian markets than the United States, the uncertain path of the Federal Reserve and a nagging concern that weak inflation figures show the economy really isn't healing all that much.

Morning Bid with David Gaffen

blogs.reuters.com — Time to sit up and pay attention. Monday's end-of-day regurgitation of 100,000 futures contracts in a five-minute span around 3:30 p.m. (1930 GMT) would have been more nerve-wracking had we not already seen the same thing writ small, when about 30,000 contracts were dumped in the waning seconds of last week's trading action.

Morning Bid with David Gaffen

blogs.reuters.com — The focus heading into this week is on earnings, with about 10 percent of the S&P 500 set to report results. That represents about 19 percent of the market capitalization, with reports from the likes of Intel, Wells Fargo, and a lot of the banks coming in the next few days.

Whither Jack Grubman?

online.wsj.com — With the trial of one outsized personality from the WorldCom era now in the books, thoughts flitter to the whereabouts of another: Jack Grubman. The former telecom kingmaker and friend of Bernard Ebbers, WorldCom's founder and onetime chief who was found guilty Tuesday for his role in the $11 billion accounting fraud that brought down WorldCom, had been mentioned as a potential witness.

Morning Bid with David Gaffen

blogs.reuters.com — Heading into the end of a violent week and ahead of a slew of earnings reports, the market has swung from one extreme to another, as the average daily move in the S&P 500 rises dramatically, as futures promise another big drop at the open Friday, and as investors try to take stock of what's happening here in their beloved stock market.

Speak softly, and carry a big helicopter

blogs.reuters.com — Days like Wednesday are the ones that remind investors why the Federal Reserve is what it is, and how some believe the other world central banks cannot compete, even as some expect the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan (to an extent) to take up the slack the Fed will leave behind when it ends quantitative easing in the next weeks and prepares for its first interest-rate hike some time in the third quarter.

Morning Bid with David Gaffen

blogs.reuters.com — Just when the market thought it was out, it got pulled back in. The Federal Reserve will release its minutes later in the day that details what it was thinking during its most recent September policy meeting, but of late, the markets have been of a mind that the expectations for higher rates ought to be tempered a bit.
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Oct 30, 2014

Nice from David Randall - Analysis - Oil price declines have small-cap shale investors scrambling finance.yahoo.com/news/analysis-… via @YahooFinance

Oct 30, 2014

@markgongloff Sequels just get worse and less effective, y'know? And right now we'd be headed into Alien:Resurrection territory.

Oct 30, 2014

@mark_dow @jmackin2 But it has the benefit of history on its side! Or something. Eh, I'm not making a strong argument here.

Oct 29, 2014

RT @leighblue: Kocherlakota dissent: "Actually, it's about ethics in videogame journalism"

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