That's the lead story on CNNMoney. Why are they "poised" to open higher? Because the fed lowered the prime rate .5%. So the stock markets "may" have a good day. Personally, I don't think they'll finish sharply higher...at least they shouldn't. Across the world, markets had some of the worst days in their history. In Asia where the day is already over, stocks plummetted. The reality is, stocks will do nothing but continue to decline as we get a clearer picture of where we are going. And from early reports, the economy is not going up. In the short-term future, stocks will reflect where people think the economy is headed. If we see reduced earnings & layoffs as our future, the markets will continue to decline. And the reality is, that IS what we see as the short-term future. I think over time, we're going to see the huge day to day swings in stocks diminish. People will react less and less to daily news and the markets will return to a more stable investment environment where the values are based mostly upon actual value, earnings and porformance. I think that will be a good thing for everyone.