Market Preview: Facebook to the Rescue!
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- If the broad market ever needed a friend, it's now, so this Facebook
Unless of course, it tanks.
Thursday's action had a real tipping point-type feel to it as the selling accelerated in the final hour. The S&P 500 closed right at its low of the day with Fitch saying what the market was already thinking about Greece and its future within the eurozone. Moody's did its part, downgrading a slew of Spanish banks.
Bonds spiked higher with the 10-year yield down to 1.7%, a level not seen since September and not far from the record intra-day low of 1.672%, according to Dow Jones data. The dollar has stayed strong, pushing the euro down to a four-month low, and a resilient greenback typically bodes ill for equities.
Between JPMorgan Chase's
Heck, even Apple
The "buying losers" mentality that reigned early in 2012, driving up names like Bank of America
Into this climate comes Facebook's
With all the hype around the IPO, it's probably wise to lower the expectations and hope for a small pop that provides just enough euphoria to help Wall Street finish the week on a positive note, a rarity in May.
Regardless, the mood on Main Street continues to sour with the latest weekly sentiment survey from the American Association of Individual Investors finding only 23.6% of respondents identifying themselves as bullish about where stocks are headed over the next six months.
That's down 1.8% percentage points from last week, well below the long-term average of 39%, and the worst level since the week of Aug. 26, 2010, shortly after the downgrade of the United States' credit rating by Standard & Poor's.
The bear camp came in at 46%, up 3.9 percentage points, while the neutral crowd grabbed 30.4% of the vote, down 2.1 percentage points.
Friday is pretty scant on scheduled news. The earnings roster includes Ann Inc.
That leaves the path relatively clear for Facebook grab up all the attention and the world will be watching when the likes start to pour in.
--Written by Michael Baron in New York.
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