Australian shares plunge as $35bn wiped off stock market over …

Market strategist says: ‘This could probably be our worst day in two or three years.’ Photograph: Paul Miller/AAP
More than $35bn was wiped off the Australian stock market in the first hour of trading on Monday as investors brace for an increasingly likely Greek exit from the euro zone.Both the S&P/ASX 200 and All Ordinaries quickly fell about 2%.“Unfortunately this could […]

A Buyback or Biotech Bubble?

Steven Davidoff Solomon, professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, wrote a comment for the New York Times reports, General Motors’ Stock Buyback Follows a Worrying Trend:
General Motors’ announcement that it will buy back $5 billion worth of stock raises the question of whether the stock buyback has turned into a shareholder activist shakedown.G.M. did not open its […]

Morgan Stanley fined $4M for allowing rogue Apple stock trades

–A+Morgan Stanley fined $4M for allowing rogue Apple stock tradesBy Mikey CampbellWednesday, December 10, 2014, 05:02 pm PT (08:02 pm ET)Investment bank Morgan Stanley on Wednesday agreed to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $4 million in fines for violating the market access rule when it allowed a rogue trader to fraudulently purchase some $1 billion of Apple stock […]

This is the tailwind for stocks in the week ahead –

The S&P 500 was up 0.5 percent to 2,063 for the week, and is now up nearly 11 percent from its October lows. The S&P also had its best five-week winning streak since April 2009, and some analysts say its recent gains may take some of the steam out of a potential late December rally.”We beat the Christmas rush and […]