Muted Stock Market Reaction To Ukraine So Far

MIDEAST STOCKS-Markets tumble as retail players sell on Ukraine tensions

Two questions being asked: How long does this go on? The longer it lasts, the more a premium is put on safe-haven bets like the U.S. Dollar , U.S.Treasuries and gold / silver . The concern is this may be the start of longer-term tensions between the West and Russia. What happens if the West wins?
Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101461716

Warren Buffett: Ukraine won’t stop my stock buying

But that hasn’t worked in years, says Josh Charney, alternative-investments analyst at Morningstar Inc. “His permabear position worked in the 2000-to-2002 downturn and during the 2008 crisis,” Mr. Charney says, “but since then his hedges have done more harm than good.” The fund shed an average 1.3% a year over the 10 years through February, while the S&P 500 gained an average of 7.2% a year, according to Morningstar. The average long-short equity fund rose 5.6%. The fund’s assets have shrunk to $1.3 billion from a peak of $6.7 billion in September 2010.
Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303704304579383224190021540.html

Bearish Manager Missed Big Stock Gains

Nymex front month oil futures prices hit their highest level since September last year, hitting $104 a barrel. Further oil price rises will have a knock-on effect on stocks and sectors that rely on a stable oil price to keep fundamental costs down. Rising oil prices is a direct threat to the ability of stocks to rally in the near term. This needs to be watched.
Source: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/mar/03/ukraine-crisis-hits-stock-markets-as-russia-hikes-interest-rates-business-live

Buffett: Unlikey to sell top 3 holdings Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway chairman & CEO, explains why it is very unlikely he would sell his holdings in Wells Fargo, Coca Cola and American Express within the next five years. We like adding big chucks of earning power, explains Buffett. Buffett also comments on the performance of IBM as the company goes through a transition. “The oil from the Bakken, and from the Eagle Ford as http://www.todayhotstocks.com well, turned out to be more volatile than people anticipated. …
Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101459508

Ukraine crisis sends stock markets sliding; Russia’s MICEX tumbles 11% – business live

Trader Peter Tuchman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, March 3, 2014.

Kuwait’s index ended at 7,494 points, below technical support at the December low of 7,501 points; any close below that level on Tuesday would confirm a break, leaving no major chart support before the September 2013 low of 7,132 points. In Qatar, Mesaieed Petrochemical, the market’s first new listing since 2010, fell by its daily limit of 10 percent for a second straight session. The stock soared 450 percent in its debut last Wednesday on the back of retail investor buying, valuing the stock at nearly three times levels which analysts consider fair. MONDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS * The index tumbled 2.7 percent to 7,859 points.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/03/mideast-markets-wrap-idUSL6N0M02M120140303

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