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Jobs Data sends stock market to finish lower

by Jeroen van Oostrom

Earlier today, the US Jobs Data was released for September 2011. We needed some good news after the terrible job report from August which didn’t create any jobs at all. For September, everyone expected around 50,000 jobs to be created. But the report was better than expected.

The report stated that 103,000 jobs were created in September. Sure you may think that it’s great, but a large portion of the number is Verizon workers going back to work in September after the strike that we saw over the summer. This is actually not great news. It’s decent news that we are actually creating jobs in the economy, but it’s no where close to getting us out of the high unemployment rate that we seem to be stuck on.

August 2011′s job data was also revised. The number went from 0 jobs created to 57,000 jobs created. Although that’s good news, it’s still no where close to getting us out of the 9.1% unemployment rate that we have been stuck on for months.

The Congressional Budget Office is predicting that the number will get better by the end of the Fourth Quarter of 2011. They are expecting it to drop to 8.9%. It’s not a huge drop but still, it’s below 9%, something we haven’t seen for a very long time.

This will be a big challenge for President Obama when it comes to his reelection. By the 2012 elections, the unemployment rate will still be very high, estimated to be around 8.5%. If President Obama is reelected, it will be pretty historical because it has never been done while the unemployment rate is so high. But we will have to see how things go. If things start turning around this quarter or the beginning of 2012, President Obama may have a good chance of being reelected. But it’s still to early to assume anything.

You would expect the stock market to do some rallying after the better than expected jobs data earlier today. But it wasn’t the case. The mixed jobs report actually sent the stocks finishing lower than yesterday. The economy in Italy and Spain were also downgraded today which added to the reasons for the drop today.

Today, the Dow Jones dropped 20 points, finishing at just over the 11,103 mark. The NASDAQ Composite lost over 27 points finishing at 2,479. The S&P 500 dropped just over 9.5 points, finishing at 1,155. And the NYSE dropped more than 71 points, finishing at 6,925.

Apple recently announced it’s iPhone 4s. But the death of Steve Jobs has left a small impact on the value of the Apple (AAPL) stock.  The value of Apple dropped just over 2% or $7.57 a share. it’s not a big drop and they will bounce back soon. Because of Steve Jobs, Apple is one of the strongest companies in the world and it won’t be going anywhere. It is the legacy Steve Jobs left behind and it will be around for a while. So right now, the 2% drop means nothing for its future.

Sprint (S) suffered a huge loss after announcing financial issues. They dropped nearly 20% today, or $0.60 per share. They finished at $2.41 a share.

Clearwire Corporation (CLWR) suffered a bigger loss when Sprint announced that they will no longer be selling phones that work on the Clearwire network. Their stocks dropped $0.66 per share, or 32%.  And MetroPCS Communications (PCS) also suffered a loss of 7.8% or $0.67 per share finishing at $7.93.

The telecommunication industry took a pretty big hit today. But this would also be a great opportunity for investors to jump in to buy these stocks at a low price. If that happens, it should send all three stocks back up. I believe that we need Sprint to stick around to be able to compete with the two big names of AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ).

Today was the end of the first week of the last quarter. We are finally back over the 11,000 mark with the Dow thanks to three days of rallying. Although the jobs data today wasn’t great, it was still better than expected. I hope that things do turn out better in the near future. We already have Greece in trouble, hopefully Italy and Spain won’t go the same way.

Steve Jobs Passes Away

Steve Jobs Dies

Steve Jobs passed away earlier today. We all knew he had issues with his health for some time. In late August, Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO which sent the stocks of Apple on a small dive.

Today’s news about Steve Jobs is very tragic. Without him, our technological world would not be what it is today. We do owe him a lot whether we like it or not. Not everyone is a fan of the Macintosh but it changed the way we use computers for the better. Steve Jobs leaves behind the legacy known as Apple. Apple is one of the greatest and strongest companies in the world today and it will be around for a very long time. I hope that everything Apple does from this point will be things that Steve Jobs would be proud of.

The news about Steve Jobs’ passing resulted in Apple (AAPL) stocks dropping just over $1. Apple will soon bounce back and go to new heights. Steve Jobs was a visionary and the world lost a great mind.

Rest in Peace Steve Jobs! You will be missed.

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Just to quickly sum up the stock market today. The market saw gains added onto yesterday’s rally. The Dow Jones gained over a 131 points finishing at over 10,939. It’s getting closer to the 11,000 mark and hopefully we will see that tomorrow.

The NASDAQ Composite gained over 55 points, finishing at 2,460. The S&P 500 gained over 20 points, finishing at 1,144. And the NYSE gained over 121 points finishing at 6,844 points.

The mentality about Greece is getting better. More analysts believe that Greece will come out of its default state soon and I do hope they are right. I wish that we can see something solid turn up over the next few days which shows us that Greece is definitely coming out of it. It will do wonders for the stock market.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Steve Jobs. And what do you think will happen with Greece over the next few days?

A ton has happened over the past two days in the world of business. Yesterday wasn’t a very good day for the stock market as we saw declines in almost every sector. Today was a little different. New things were announced and overall, it was a good day.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average saw a gain of more than 143 points, or 1.3% after yesterday’s decline. It didn’t fully recover but hopefully it will get there soon. Currently the Dow sits in at 11,153 points.

The NASDAQ Composite saw an opposite motion. It saw a loss of just under 11 points. It’s not a big loss so it basically remained flat from yesterday but the 11 points adds on to the losses the Nasdaq incurred yesterday. The S&P 500 gained more than 9 points and the NYSE gained almost 98 points. So far, the markets haven’t recovered from yesterday’s drop but at least we saw gains today in most areas.

Gold also saw a decrease over the past two days. Since reporting last on Tuesday, gold price has dropped $34 and it is currently priced at $1,620 an ounce. Gold is going lower and lower and I think it will keep decreasing over the coming weeks and months. It is great to see the price decrease because it shows us that investors are putting their money in other places, perhaps places that will help our economy a lot more.

But what’s with the fire in the Amazon?

 

Amazon Fire Computer Tablet

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Relax, there is no fire in the Amazon rain forest, but there is a fire in the Amazon (AMZN) that we all know and love around the world. Yesterday Amazon gave us some great news which makes them even more ‘investment’ worthy. They announced the release of their new computer tablet, the Amazon Kindle Fire. The picture above gives you a glimpse of the pad. From the looks of it, it looks like another tablet that will cost us $500, right? Wrong!

The surprise comes in the price. Amazon (AMZN) expects to start selling the Kindle Fire at just $199. It has a 7″ screen which is smaller than the Apple iPad but it costs less than half of what you would pay for the iPad. Speaking of the iPad, the Kindle Fire is expected to compete with the iPad and from the looks of it, it looks like it will be a great match. The Kindle Fire is small, attractive, seems to be able to do a ton of things, and best of all, it’s much cheaper than the iPad, which makes it even more appealing.

I currently don’t own any tablet PCs, but this is something that I would not mind getting for myself. If I ever get it, I promise to post a personal review on Stocksicity. And because of this new announcement, investors have another reason to invest in Amazon. The Kindle Fire is scheduled to be launched on November 15, 2011 and you can pre-order on the Amazon.com website.

Amazon has great news but your banks may not. Bank of America (BAC) is the country’s biggest bank and earlier they announced that they will charge all customers a $5 fee for using their debit cards. This is one way Bank of America (BAC) will try to increase profits as new regulations come to effect.

Bank of America isn’t the bank trying this. JP Morgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) will be testing this out too by charging $3 a month. Other regional banks are trying the same to increase profits. It most definitely will not hold great with banking customers. I don’t know about you, but I hate paying fees for my bank. It’s enough that they use my money to lend others and charge huge interest while giving me a worthless 0.05% interest for my savings account, and I definitely don’t want them to charge me extra for using my debit card.

This might come back to either haunt the banks by driving away customers or work out great for them because they could end up making millions of dollars from the customers who don’t have a problem with this. But we will have to wait and see where things go after the new fees are put into effect.

Today was a very interesting day with news coming in from many sides. The Amazon Kindle Fire looks like a great piece of technology that could have a great impact. It’s something I am very much looking forward to.

What do you think about the Amazon Kindle Fire? Will you be getting it? What are you thoughts on the new Debit Card fees your bank may impose on you?

Unfortunately, the momentum from last week’s stock market rally did not carry over to this week. We start this week in the red after the stock market dives almost everywhere.  The dive comes after worries about Greece reemerges as people speculate that Greece will default. If they default, they will stop all payments to their lenders and stop making bond payments. It will hurt banks and it will send a shockwave throughout the Global Economy and we can most definitely look to seeing it in the US Markets.

I am hoping that this doesn’t happen because if it does, it’ll undo everything good that we have experienced last week (and perhaps more). The last thing we need right now is a country defaulting and sending stocks around the globe plummeting.

As for today, the Dow Jones dropped more than 108 points, sticking just over the 11,400 mark. The NASDAQ Composite dropped less than 10 points. You may think it’s not so bad, but it still dropped. The S&P 500 dropped almost 12 points while the NYSE dropped more than 113 points.

Today definitely was not a good day for the market, but we have seen worse. The markets were really down earlier today but the fact that it bounced back up a little shows that investors haven’t lost complete faith in Greece or the global economy. I believe that things will bounce back up. Like always, the market will fluctuate, there isn’t much that we can do, we can only try to predict but that’s harder than it sounds.

Out of the stocks hit hardest, the banking sector took a big hit today. Citigroup (C) dropped $1.28 per share or more than 4.4%. Bank of America (BAC) Dropped $0.24 or about 3.3%. JP Morgan Chase dropped more than 2.8% or $0.94 per share. The banking sector last week saw big gains and a lot of it has been undone in today’s fall. But not to worry, things will go back up as investors use this opportunity to buy low in order to sell high later in the future.

So What is Qwikster?

The Title asks the Question, what’s Qwikster?  Sounds like a service my Internet Service Provider provides that gives a speed boost. But no, it’s not that. Qwikster is Netflix’s (NFLX) new thing. Netflix earlier announced that they will be splitting up their service. Currently, you can stream movies over the internet and order DVDs by mail on the same plan. But now, you have to get them separately. If you only want DVD service, that’s when you go with Qwikster and if you want to stream your videos online, you sign up for Netflix.

Netflix Drops 7% on Monday September 19

by Yahoo! Finance

So how did this go for Netflix (NFLX) today? Not very well. The announcement sent Netflix stocks plummeting again. This time it dropped more than 7.3% or $11.44 per share today. It dropped another 1.77% or $2.55 per share in after hours trading. This drop sent Netflix dangerously close to its 52 week low of $140.02. Currently it’s price is $143.75 (not taking into account its drop after hours). This news will carry over into tomorrow and we can expect Netflix to see another drop in their stocks. They will most likely set a new 52 week low because investors are basically losing hope.

They have lost more than 50% of their market share in the past few months after announcing a change in pricing so what’s Netflix thinking?  They’ve lost about $8 billion after everything that has happened since their first announcement in July and it doesn’t look like they are done. I guess they are hoping people will adapt to their changes and come back to them in the future. I think they will get exactly what they want, but it will take some time. They have to allow people time to get  used to the changes.

Whatever happens, I still think that Netflix is a very strong stock and they will bounce back. As this stock which at one point was over $300 goes closer to $100, investors will look at this opportunity to buy low which should increase the stock prices. And as people get used to Netflix’s new prices and features and whatever Qwikster hopes to accomplish, I think they will start regaining subscribers and will still remain the top company in its field with ease.

Even if the stocks rallied today, Netflix would have gone down. And today wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I’m glad the losses were minimal and hopefully some good news comes out of Greece tomorrow. I know good news will send stocks rallying all over again and that’s exactly what we need in order to set aim for the 12,000 mark.

What are your thoughts on Netflix? What about Greece?

Yesterday wasn’t a very good day for the stock market. Stocks were rising early but after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s announcement which consisted of very little detail as to what the central bank will do regarding the slow economy sent the stock markets plummeting.

Last night, President Barack Obama proposed his new Stimulus plan which would put $447 billion into the economy in the form of  income tax cuts and new government spending. And today, the stock market drops hundreds of points undoing all the positive we have seen at the end of August and at some parts of September.

This all comes after more bad news coming from Europe, such as a rumor going around about a Greek default as well as a resignation of a European Central Bank official. This takes confidence away from investors all around the world which resulted in the horrible trading day that we are experiencing. The news about Greece actually overpowered what President Obama proposed last night. The stock market should have gone up because the proposal was a step towards pushing the economy to recover faster, but the bad news from Greece made the President’s announcement last night almost insignificant. The proposal was supposed to have put confidence back into investors but instead, it was taken away.

Stocks Dive after news from Greece comes in

By Yahoo! Finance

The Dow Jones today dropped more than 300 points so far, or a 2.75% drop from yesterday. It is currently under the 11,000 mark and if the decline keeps up, we will finish below the 11,000 mark for the first time in weeks. The graph on the right provided by Yahoo! Finance shows the huge decline the Dow has seen so far today.

The NASDAQ Composite dropped more than 60 points or more than 2.5% from yesterday. The  S&P 500 dropped more than 30 points or 2.6% from yesterday. And the NYSE dropped more than 200 points or almost 3% from  yesterday. All of the indexes have seen big drops today, adding onto the negatives we saw all week long (except for Wednesday).

President Barack Obama’s proposal is supposed to get the economy rolling again, but will it be passed? Remember that this has to be approved by Congress and right now, Congress is controlled by the Republicans and they can very well shut down Obama’s stimulus proposal for various reasons.

One of the reasons for the rejection could be the government is spending all over again when they don’t have any money to spare. The $447 billion could be used in other ways, tax cuts may not be the best way to do it. The government is already in trouble with money and more spending could be a huge setback for the country even if it’s to stimulate the economy. We have seen stimulus packages comes out in recent history which were meant to stimulate the economy but they haven’t worked. Some have actually hurt our economy. Some reporters have mentioned that Obama’s proposal had nothing to do with the decline today, but it may have everything to do with it because of past failures.

Another reason for the rejection could be the Republicans just showing their power in congress. They have control and maybe they want to use it. Even though they all want to help out the country, they are still politicians and politicians will always try to outdo other politicians, and this isn’t party specific.

Whatever happens, we very much need the economy to bounce back. And it looks like the first full week of September will end in the negatives. But we still have time! We will have to see where this Stimulus proposal goes and hope that everything works out for the best. I know the economy will bounce back, it’s just happening later than I expected.

What do you guys think has to do with the decline today? Was it Obama’s proposal? Or was it Greece?