Kenny Polcari

Nine Reasons Investors Are Nervous Now

Despite a steady six-month rally, lots of investors still haven't jumped back into equities. While plenty of official economic reports say things are getting better, these investors are following other signs -- often closer to home -- that say beware.

All Eyes Remain on Oil Prices and Mideast Instability

Last week, oil's ascent trumped a raft of healthy U.S. economic reports. With a relatively light slate of economic data scheduled this week, oil prices and political instability could play an even larger role in the trading sessions ahead.

Unemployment Rate Falls,
but Stocks Slip on Oil

During a volatile week, stocks bounced between Mideast turmoil and generally strong economic reports. Even with the jobless rate's surprising drop, equities ended on a down note. Still, stocks eked out a tiny overall gain on the week.

Profit-Taking Could Be in the Cards This Week

Even the most bullish traders figure the market needs to pull back at some point before making new highs. Considering this week's round of earnings and economic data -- and the sketchy situation in Egypt -- the sessions ahead should offer ample opportunity for profit-taking.

Stocks Tumble on Egypt Crisis, GDP and Earnings

Stocks fell sharply Friday as investors fled to safety amid disappointing economic data, mixed corporate earnings reports and escalating violence in Egypt. A soft start for equities only got worse as the day progressed.

Why Fourth-Quarter Earnings Are Likely to Look Great

Once again, profit reports are expected to be a tale of strong profit growth, thanks more to cost cuts than revenue gains. And perhaps even more telling, fourth-quarter 2010 earnings are competing with downright dismal reports for the year-earlier period.

Bank Stocks and Jobs Data Weigh on Market

This week was all about jobs reports and after December's employment numbers fell short of expectations, stocks ended the first week of trading in 2011 on a down note. Kenny Polcari, managing director at ICAP Corporates explains from the New York Stock Exchange.

Does the Stock Market Need to 'Take a Breather'?

Stock traders face plenty of economic news this week, and considering how much progress the market has recently made, it could be time for a bit of a pullback. But at least one trader thinks that's just what's needed to create a base for further gains ahead.

Market Ends Week at More Than Two-Year High

Is the Fed's second round of monetary stimulus helping stocks? The markets ended the week on a high note with encouraging economic news, a surprise jump in consumer sentiment and a drop in the trade deficit, among other things. From the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Kenneth Polcari explains.

Stocks May Be Ready to
Catch Their Breath

Stocks don't move in a straight line, and a relatively light week of earnings reports and economic data should give the market a much-needed break after the major indexes have run up to two-year highs. But long-term, the direction still looks upward [VIDEO].

Stocks Gain Nearly 4% on
the Week

Stocks closed slightly higher Friday despite the best jobs report in months, as a six-session rally that has taken the market to a two-year high was due for a breather. The Dow finished up nine points, while the S&P was up five.

Stocks Close Mixed on Earnings and Economy

Stocks closed mixed Friday as Google's strong quarterly earnings lifted technology stocks but mounting concern over the foreclosure crisis and a revenue miss from General Electric weighed on financials and the broader market.

This Week's Reports Could Keep the Rally in Check

Tuesday alone brings new reports on housing starts and permits and the latest policy statement from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. Investors will also be contending with new- and existing-home sales, durable goods, leading indicators and weekly jobless claims this week.

It's Too Early for Investors to Start Celebrating

After suffering its worst August in nearly a decade, the blue-chip Dow found a welcome way to put summer behind it. But don't be disappointed if last week's market euphoria fails to carry over the long holiday weekend into this week's trading and beyond.

The Bulls Lead the Charge
Into September

A better-than-expected reading on the job market propelled stocks to their fourth straight day of gains, putting a bullish stamp on the first few days of September trading after the worst month of August for U.S. equities in nearly a decade.

The Sign Wall Street Really Wants to See

The third peak week of earnings season is here. But if stocks have any hope of breaking out of their range-bound rut, the market will need proof of a consistent drop in weekly jobless claims, says Kenny Polcari, managing director at interdealer broker ICAP Corporates.