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Week Ends in a Rally

Stock Market Rallies for Second Week in a Row

by Idea go

I apologize for the lack of updates the past few days, my scheduling had me beat and I was unable to post updates. But now, I bring you good news at the end of this Market Week. The Stock Market rallied for the second week in a row and it is great news for us.

The Dow Jones today gained 166 points, adding onto yesterday’s rally. Although it dropped a little on Wednesday, it was not enough to stop the market from ending the week in the positive. The Dow currently sits at 11,644. We haven’t seen this number in a while because in the past, it seems that whenever we get close to a number this nigh, something happens in Europe and we all end up paying for it.

The NASDAQ Composite gained more than 47 points, or 1.8%. It currently sits at 2,667. The S&P 500 gained almost 21 points, or 1.7% and currently sits at 1,224. And the NYSE gained over a 121 points, and it sits in at 7,350 at the end of this market week.

This week has definitely given us a great push towards the 12,000 mark. Hopefully the momentum from this week doesn’t stop here and carries over to the next few weeks. It will give investors a great deal of confidence if the Dow can go back over the 12,000 mark, something we haven’t seen in months.

Gold has also been holding steady over the past few weeks between the $1,600 and $1,700 marks. Currently gold costs $1,680 an ounce. Surprisingly, the price of gold has gone up recently along with the stock market. Generally, they tend to have an opposite effect on each other. As the stock markets rally, gold usually drops, and vice versa. But this week was a bit peculiar with the price of gold and the stock market rally.

As predicted earlier, Apple (AAPL) has bounced back pretty well and has set new records over the past few days. Currently, apple costs $422 a share after gaining $13.57 a share, or 3.32%. Steve Jobs has left behind a great and very strong company and even though many investors and consumers felt as if Apple wouldn’t do as well without Jobs, many others knew that Apple was too big to be brought down. Apple will continue to thrive and I believe we will see this stock set bigger and better records for itself.

I am glad to be able to bring you some good news at the end of this market week. Hopefully things continue to go up in the coming weeks. What are your thoughts about what happened in the past week?

General Stock Market Graph

by Vlado

Today was the third consecutive day the Stock market has seen gains. Today was another rally for the market as investors are hopeful that the worries in Greece will come to an end soon. The keyword there is ‘hopeful.’ Kind of scary isn’t it? Our entire global economy seems to be riding on hope.

The Greece issue has been in the news for weeks and nothing conclusive has been said besides the fact that Greece may be nearing default soon. But other than that, nothing really happened. We don’t know how the talks are going or what’s exactly happening, nothing is concluded but yet, worries have risen several times, as well as hope has risen. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t really count ‘hope’ or ‘worry’ to be factors in deciding how our market runs. But apparently, that’s what seems to be happening. When people are hopeful, the stock market rises, and when they are worried, everything sinks several hundred points.

The Dow Jones today was on the good side today, seeing a gain of over 146 points, falling just 10 points short of the 11,200 mark AGAIN. We have seen that mark several times and it seems every time it tries to head for the 12,000 mark, ‘worries’ about Europe increases and the stocks plummet.

The NASDAQ Composite gained just over 30 points. The S&P 500 gained just over 12 points. And the NYSE gained over a 102 points, going over the 7,000 mark once again (7,043 to be exact).

The official news for now is that Greece is close to finding a way out of its debt crisis. Hopefully it’s true. There is that word again, hope. I do hope a lot when it comes to the stock market but it’s usually always hope. I don’t sell all my stocks when I ‘feel’ that something bad is going to happen in Europe and I don’t buy mass amounts of stocks when I ‘feel’ everything will rise. Sometimes it feels as if some people are just manipulating the news to keep the markets very volatile for their own profits. But of course, proving it is another thing. For now, I am thankful that everything is on the positive end.

So what’s going on with Gold?

Gold seems to be acting a little weird. It has been going down when the stock market plummets and today it actually went up with the stock market’s rally. It is unusual but not too much. Current price of gold is $1,654. Just over $30 more than what it was yesterday. Gold was almost $1,600 an ounce today, a price we haven’t seen in some time. But I have no doubt that it will once again see that price, and go even lower. I think investors should stop investing in commodities like Gold and Silver and start investing in businesses and encourage job growth. That’s where they should see bigger returns.

Today was a good day for the Stock Market. Lets hope it keeps up for the rest of the week. We still have to bounce back to where we were early last week, we’re still a few hundred points below the level.

 

Stock Market Rebounding after last week's huge plummet

by jscreationzs

The stock market saw a horrible week last week. This week started with the stock market rebounding back with a huge rally. Almost every stock saw gains (although there were a few exceptions) after mentality about the crisis in Europe changes. Again…the mentality changed.

Investors are hopeful that the rest of Europe will be able to help Greece get out of its current state, which is almost near defaulting. Although nothing drastic has happened, the way investors and consumers are looking at this has changed. I have predicted several times that this will happen over and over. The stock market will remain very volatile as long as the issue in Greece remains unsolved one way or the other. In the meantime, the stock market will go up and down because investors will think that Greece will either Default or come out of it without a problem.

The Dow Jones saw a huge rally today with a gain of over 272 points. It has once again gone over the 11,000 mark but it’s still quite a distance from our aim of 12,000 points. I still believe that it can happen this year again. Remember, the Dow Jones almost reached 13,000 points earlier this year, that can still happen in 2011, well I’m hopeful at least.

The NASDAQ Composite gained over 33 points finishing at over 2,516 points. The S&P 500 also saw a gain of over 2.3% or 26.5 points finishing at 1,162. And the NYSE gained over 170 points finishing at 6,940. The NYSE still has to catch up and go over the 7,000 mark which it could do very soon.

The market is still very volatile. Nothing guarantees that the momentum from today will carry over to tomorrow. We may or may not see another rally. Of course, we may or may not see another plummet. We have seen situations like this several times in the past few months alone where the stock market plummeted after a rally like we saw today. Hopefully it doesn’t happen. I hope that good news, actual good news, comes out of Greece soon so that we can put this mini recession behind us and move on. We have been in this slump for longer than I want to stay in any slump.

The Gold has seen another drop since I last reported it on Friday. Currently, gold costs $1,623 an ounce. About $19 less than what it was just three days ago. Will the price of gold keep going down?

Maybe. I did say that the massive increase in gold price in a short period of time this year could have been just a bubble. Many people on TV, the internet, and in many other places would agree. The price of gold is almost $300 what it was just a few weeks ago and it has been keep going down. It even went down in last week’s massive drop in the stock market, when normally the price of gold would increase.

I think the overall price of gold will continue to drop as the year draws to an end. Gold price spiked too much in too little time and now it’s slowly deflating. It could still spike up just as quickly but hopefully it won’t because gold tends to reflect how the economy is doing and cheaper gold usually means more people are investing in other things that are helping the economy. Right now I think gold needs to drop more and things like the Employment Rate needs to increase.

What do you think will happen in the coming week to the stock market? Will the rally keep up? Or hit the ceiling and bounce back down?

European Leaders Promise to Help Greece

by jscreationzs

The biggest challenge for the stock market recently has been the debt crisis in Europe, more particularly, Greece. Greece has had issues with their debt for some time but recently, they have been in real trouble. Their economy was on the verge of complete collapse and if that happened, it would have sent a shockwave through the global economy causing havoc along its entire path.

Thankfully, other European Leaders have stepped up. They have promised to help Greece with its debt situation and avoid default. This obviously was great news and this resulted in the stock market rallying all around the world. We saw huge gains here in the US Markets which makes today the third day in a row where the stock market has been positive. Best of all, the upward trend of the stock market this week has been slow and steady which makes the likeliness that it will come crashing down just as quickly far less. But of course, anything can happen. If for some reason another country in Europe or Asia declares money trouble, it’ll send a negative shockwave through the global economy again.

Today the Dow Jones gained more than 140 points finishing near 11,250. It’s getting closer to the 12,00 mark once again, and lets hope that this trend continues because we can’t afford another mini-collapse any time soon.

The NASDAQ Composite gained more than 40 points finishing at 2,572. The S&P 500 gained almost 16 points, finishing at more than 1,188. And the NYSE gained more than 89 points, just one point short of the 7,200 mark.

The good news about Greece and the help that it’s getting has helped the European markets as well. I don’t normally report European Market results because I don’t follow them, but as reported by Yahoo! Finance, the Germany’s DAX gained 3.4% and France’s CAC-40 gained almost 2%. That’s great news for Europe.

There are still two more days left for the end of the Market Week and anything can still happen. After all, the mentality of the consumers and investors can have a great deal of impact on the stock market. If we can keep believing that the economy is recovering faster than what others are saying, then we can actually help it recover faster. We need investors to invest in actual businesses rather than commodities like Gold (which by the way hasn’t broken any records since the last time I mentioned it).

Right now, I think we’re on a good path. If we can all keep it up, we’ll be on our way out of the little recession we have seen over the past few years. Lets hope for more good news in the near future!

What do you think about the help that Greece is being promised by its European Allies? Do you think that it will actually help or make things worse?

Stocks See Another Day Of Green

Enough momentum carried over from yesterday’s late day revival of the Stock Market to today. The market was in the green most of the day today, although earlier we did see them go red when worries about Europe refused to go down. Even with the green all over the place, we didn’t see very significant gains.

The Dow Jones only rose 44 points today taking it over the 11,100 mark. Even though the race to the 12,000 mark isn’t very quick, I would rather go slow and steady towards the goal rather than go up a few hundred points in a single day just to have the market plummet the next day. We have seen plenty of these situations in the past few months.

The NASDAQ Composite increased more than 37 points, finishing at just over 2,532. The S&P 500 gained almost 11 points and currently stands at 1,172. The NYSE saw the most gains today with a gain of almost 63 points, allowing it to go over the 7,100 mark. The NYSE yesterday saw a gain of only over 2 points, I guess today made up for that.

The worries over Europe’s debt crisis isn’t over. But investors and consumers are feeling a little better about the situation and they believe that things will get better.  Because the crisis isn’t over, it resulted in the choppy trading that we saw today. As I said before, the mentality of consumers and investors can play a big role.

Nothing very exciting happened today. I’m just glad that some of the momentum from yesterday was carried over to today. We also need to keep a positive outlook for the future. Our mentality can affect the stock market and the entire global economy more than we think. It may seem like a children’s story where if you believe it, it’s true, but it does work in the real world, at least dealing with the stock market.

We will have to wait and see what happens tomorrow and for the rest of the week. Will we be able to stay in the green zone tomorrow too? Or will everything bounce back to the red?