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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?

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?

Stocks Rally Right Before Obama's Stimulus Announcement

by Idea go

As I said yesterday, whenever the stock market goes up in one direction just a little too much, it’ll balance itself out by going the other direction. For almost 2 weeks, we saw the stock market rally and get very close to the 12,000 mark. And just as quickly, it went back down below the 11,000 mark for a short time. And for the past 3 days, the stock market plummeted several hundred points, basically undoing what the 2 week rally did for us. But today, comes the re-balancing once again.

The stock market has so far seen huge gains today all around. About a 2% increase in the major Indexes, this comes after a 3 day plummet that carried over the Labor Day Weekend.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average so far has seen an increase of more than 220 points and is now sitting at 11,361. That’s a perfect 2% increase from yesterday where it suffered a significant loss.

The NASDAQ Composite is currently at 2,535 after a gain of more than 61 points, almost 2.5%. The S&P 500 so far has risen 27 points, or more than 2.3% and is closing in on the 1,200 mark once again. And the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has seen an increase of more than 168 points and it’s currently value is 7,316.

All of this comes after President Barack Obama announces that he will propose a new stimulus to create jobs. This job-creation package is contain more than $300 billion in tax cuts and government spending as reported by the Wall St. Cheat Sheet. This announcement has allowed the stock market to rally like it has today. And unless something drastic happens, we can expect the stock market to stay in the green for the rest of the day.

The proposal is due to come out tomorrow, we will have to see exactly what the proposal entails and determine whether it’s a good idea or bad idea for the economy. Why would it be a bad idea? Well, this wouldn’t be the first stimulus the government has given out in the past few years. The other stimuli were supposed to help stimulate the economy and encourage consumers to spend. They were supposed to take us out of the mini-depressions that we keep experiencing. This stimulus plans to do the same but I am not sure how successful it will actually be.

The economy however, sees the stimulus as good news, thus triggering a rally for the stock market. The stock market may rally tomorrow as well as Friday because of this announcement. This will give investors hope that consumers will start spending again and the economic recovery will speed up. The stimulus isn’t set to come until 2012, so the spike we will experience may be temporary, but it will be a spike nonetheless. If the stock market goes up too much in a short period of time, we can see it balancing itself out again in the near future, like it has done today.

Well President Obama, I hope that the stimulus idea will help the economy. You don’t have much time left to prove that you deserve to be reelected for a second term, and if this works out well, I am sure you won’t have much of a problem for November 2012.

My readers, what do you think about the Stimulus proposal? Do you think it’s a good or bad idea?

Market Down Graph

By Idea go

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the stock market rallied gaining several hundred points. Today, the market took a tumble, but the good news is, we’re still above the 11,000 mark with the Dow Jones. The market will go up and down throughout the week so this drop isn’t a big surprise. The stock market rallied for 3 days in a row and a small drop is OK. Let’s just hope that the downward trend doesn’t continue over to the next few days of trading.

The Bernanke announcement is supposed to take place tomorrow. This is one of the few factors that influenced the market to go down today. It’s not a bad thing, it just means that investors are being cautious with their investments. If the news announced tomorrow is good, we can expect to see the stock market rally even higher tomorrow and the coming week. I still believe that the market is recovering, even though it has been very slow so far.

We’ll see what happens with the speech tomorrow and I will try to post an update on the speech when I can. But now, let’s get to the numbers of the stock market for today.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 171 points finishing off at 11,149. We’re still past the 11,000 mark and I believe that we can stay here for some time.

The NASDAQ Composite also dropped almost 2% or 48 points finishing at 2,419. The S&P 500 fell 18 points or just over 1.5% finishing at 1,159. And the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) fell 123 points finishing at 7,149 for the day.

Not everything fell. The banking sector saw gains after Warren Buffet announced earlier that he will be lending Bank of America (BAC) $5 billion (from Berkshire Hathaway). As a result, some banks saw significant increases. These small increases also kept the overall stock market from dropping even lower than it has so far today. Bank of America (BAC) gained more than 9% in value today finishing at $7.65 per share. Citigroup (C) also shared benefits with an increase of 4.85% with an extra rise so far in after hours trading putting the stock just a few cents short of the $30 mark.

As mentioned yesterday, Apple stocks dropped after Steve Jobs announced his retirement. As predicted, the downward momentum of Apple carried onto today and the stock fell another $2.46, finishing at $373.45. It’s not over for Apple. As investors become more familiar with Tim Cook, I believe that Apple will bounce back. In fact, a lot of investors are saying that Apple stocks are on the ‘bullish’ side, which is very good.

I’ve mentioned Universal Display Corporation (PANL) a few times this week as I have been keeping my eye on it. And as also predicted for this stock, it has been going up and up. Today it increased more than 15% finishing off at $46.73. It’s even closer to it’s 52 week high of over $63. I don’t own any shares of Universal Display Corporation, but I wish that I did have the money to invest while it was a little lower just at the beginning of this week. I believe that the momentum will continue as investors put more money into the company and stock value rises. Eventually it may balance out as investors try to sell the stock high after buying it low.

So what’s happening to the price of gold?

Gold prices have been dropping all week long due to the rallying the stock market has been doing. But today, it saw an increase. Earlier today, Gold price was actually down. Around the same time yesterday, I reported that the price of gold was down to $1,758 an ounce. Right now, the price of gold is at $1,769. It gained roughly $11 from yesterday. This shows that some investors have been using the decrease of value of gold over the past few days to put more money into this gold bubble because they believe the price will go up. They may not be wrong, and if they are right, they could be in for big profits.

If the announcement by Bernanke tomorrow is good and it gives the American public hope for a better future, then we can expect the price of Gold go to down even more, and the investors who invested at $1,758 may regret it. But if the opposite happens, they could be very happy investors.

 

Today wasn’t the best day of the week for the stock market. But we still have one more market day to go and hopefully the stock market pulls back. I am hopeful that what Bernanke has to say in tomorrow’s announcement is positive and let’s hope that it’s the case. I don’t think America can afford to go down in another recession.