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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?

Stock Market Going Up and Down Today

by jscreationzs

Earlier today, it seemed as if the momentum of the stock market has stopped for a bit. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was as low as 11,429 today, more than a 100 points below its previous closing price of 11,539. Even with the big swings today, the Stock market finished at a positive with the Dow Jones gaining just 20 points, finishing at 11,559.

The NASDAQ Composite gained just 14 points, finishing off at 2,576. The S&P 500 gained less than 3 points finishing at 1,212. And the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) finished at $7,462 with a gain of 13.7 points.

It was a fairly slow day in terms of gains for the overall stock market. Most of the banks in the banking sector went down in value including Citigroup (C), Huntington Bancshares Inc (HBAN), JP Morgan Chase (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), and Goldman Sachs Group (GS). They’ve all dropped, but not that much. The drop in the banking sector contributed to the very slow and small gains of the stock market today. The Volume of trades were also low throughout the stock market today. But it could be just the world slowing down for today. I believe that the next three days of trading will be better, well at least I hope it will be better.

After my report yesterday, Gold price was at a steady $1,786 an ounce. Today, it saw a bit of juice as the stock market was going up and down all day long. Currently, Gold is standing at $1,838 an ounce. It gained just over $52 an ounce since yesterday. Slow gains in the stock market usually means a decent gain in Gold. I’m sure gold would have been higher today if the stock market stayed in the red all day. And I am still sticking to what I said yesterday, I still believe the overall average price of Gold will continue to decrease over the next few months. The economy is still recovering and there has been talks of more economic stimuli to come our way which will most definitely help the economy grow a little faster.

Even with the volatile stock market today, we saw small gains. I am thankful that we saw gains. We need to keep the green streak going and keep the momentum up. A positive attitude about the growth of the economy and what we can do to stimulate it can go a long way. Today was a slow day, hopefully the rest of the week sees some more action and sees more green!

The Increase in the Stock Market

By jscreationzs

After the Market Tumbled After 3 Days of Rallying yesterday, we saw a great positive sign today. As we had all hoped, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made a positive announcement today saying that he predicts US Growth in the coming future. He said that the US Economy is on the right track for a long term economic growth and I hope he is right. It’s about time the US economy bounces back from the recession we have been seeing lately. Just this past month alone made the markets almost unbearable.

Bernanke hasn’t mentioned anything about any plans the Fed may take to boost further the US Economy. It may be because he believes that the economy does not need any more catalysts in the mix. If the economy grows in the future on it’s own, then that’s the best thing any investor can hope for. Bernanke admitted that the recovery has been slower than expected but he also said that it is happening and any growth is better than no growth at all.

As a result of the announcement, the stock market has been rallying so far. Currently the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up more than a 140 points and the NASDAQ Composite up more than 56 points already. The S&P 500 is up more than 17 points and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) up more than 92 points so far.

I think this announcement will keep the markets on a positive side for the rest of the day. The announcement has put hope back into the minds of investors after the sell offs that occurred yesterday after some worries of the announcement. I believe that the momentum will carry over to the markets next week and we will get ever so much closer to the 12,000 mark in the Dow Jones, a mark we haven’t seen all month.

Even though the stock market has been rallying today, the Price of gold has increased as well. Yesterday I reported that the price of gold was at $1,769 an ounce. So far today it has seen some gains. Currently gold is at $1,781, about $12 more than what it was yesterday. It seems as if the price of gold has almost stabilized around this point. It hasn’t been as Volatile  as it has been over the weeks prior to the market’s rallies of this week. If the markets keep rallying next week, I believe that gold will go down. It may not go down to the level it was at the beginning of this year that quickly, but it will go down. We expected gold to get past the $2,000 an ounce mark but the markets have kept it at bay. The $2,000 mark isn’t very impossible. All we”ll need is another incident in the global economy and I’m sure we’ll see gold sky rocket again.

But for now, the markets are doing very well, and gold price is steady. Certain stocks have been doing great as well. Apple Inc. (AAPL) has been going down for the past few days, but today, Apple stocks have risen more than 2%, or just over $8. It is a result of the Bernanke announcement as well as investors getting used to the fact that Steve Jobs is gone and Tim Cook is in charge.

There are still more than 3 hours left until the markets close for the day (unless you’re gold), so anything can happen. I believe we will stay in the “rally” zone and hopefully by the end of the day, we will see bigger gains.

This is a followup post of the article from earlier today titled “Market Falls as Reports Come in of Lower Home Prices.”

Earlier today, it seemed that the momentum from yesterday would not carry over, that the rallying of the stock market was over. But today, it showed us that the stock market isn’t done. After my last article here, the Dow Jones rallied and finished with a gain of almost a 144 points totaling to 11,320. It’s getting closer and closer to the 12,000 mark, a mark we haven’t seen for some time.

The NASDAQ Composite increased just under 22 points, finishing at 2,467. The S&P 500 finished with a gain of 15 points at 1,177. And the New York Stock Exchange finished at 7,273 with a gain of 63 points.

Steep Gold Price Drop

Gold Price Drop by Yahoo! Finance

While the stock market rallied, the price of gold kept on dropping. Currently the price of gold is roughly $1,758, dropping an additional $26 from our last report here on Stocksicity. To the left you see a graph that shows you just how steep the drop has been for gold. And if the stock market’s momentum carries on to tomorrow once again, we could see the price of Gold keep dropping as investors start putting their money in stocks rather than Gold. As always, some investors could use this as an opportunity to buy gold for a discount compared to earlier this week. If I had the money to purchase large sums of gold, I personally wouldn’t. I believe that this is a bubble and once the market gets better (and I believe it will soon enough), the price of Gold will keep dropping and eventually get to a level we haven’t seen for several years.

The banking sector did pretty well today. Citigroup (C) showed an increase of more than 4% which Bank of America Corporation (BAC) saw a rise of almost 11%. JP Morgan Chase (JPM) saw an increase of just over 3%.

Apple’s stock originally rose $2.58 during the trading day. However, after the market closed, it was announced that CEO Steve Jobs has resigned from his post at Apple. He left his post to Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook. As a result of the news, Apple stocks plummeted more than 5%, or almost $20 per share,  in after hours trading. The news should sink in over night and the value of Apple should go back up to balance itself out over the next few days. But this requires Tim Cook to make a good presence at Apple. He has to show everyone that he is the right person for the job. I have no doubt that he is the right person for the job. For Apple’s sake, let’s hope that he can fill the shoes of Steve Jobs.

I am glad the market turned around in the afternoon. I would have hated to see the stock market do so well earlier in the week just to go through a steep drop the next day. I also hope that the stock market’s momentum carries onto tomorrow and the stocks rally again. We are still hopeful for what Bernanke has to say in his announcement on Friday. If it’s a good one, I think we’ll be seeing more greens in the stock market next week as well.

As I predicted at the end of last week, when the stock market goes down heavily in a short period of time, it’s due to bounce back to correct itself. The Stock Market today sees a small gain, unfortunately, the gain is very small.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased just 37 points at the closing bell, increasing to 10,854. It is still under the 11,000 mark. It actually saw the 11,000 mark today with a day high of 11,020. When it hit the 11,000 mark earlier today, it seemed as if the market will keep rallying, but tensions in the economy, especially in the financial sector, has brought things down.

The Nasdaq Composite only gained just over 3 points today. And the S&P 500 gained just 0.28 points.

But what about Gold?

The price of Gold Rallied once again reaching almost 1,900 points at today’s high. It balanced with a gain of about 45 points for a total of $1,889 an ounce. It’s incredible how quickly Gold has risen this year. Many are claiming that it’s just a bubble and that it will burst sooner or later. The price of Gold is increasing too high, too quickly and these claims may be correct. In fact, today, Gold has seen a huge drop earlier in the day. It dropped below $1,700 and for a moment, it seemed as if it’ll keep going down. But it rallied back up just as quick.

The following graph is provided by Yahoo! Finance. This shows the huge drop in Gold price earlier today, makes the whole graph look ‘V’ shaped. I would not be surprised if the price of Gold keeps going up and eventually hits $1,900 an ounce this week. I do believe that this is a bubble and that it will burst. But I also believe that this bubble is looking strong and sturdy and it may keep growing through the coming weeks.

Price of Gold Graph

Price of Gold Graph

The banking sector isn’t really helping the economy. Bank of America (BAC) dropped almost 8% today coming near it’s 52 week low of $6.31 per share. JP Morgan Chase (JPM) dropped 0.94 points or almost 2.75% for the day. JPM reached it’s 52 week low earlier today. Citigroup (C) dropped an almost 3% as well and just like Chase, it has reached its 52 week low earlier today.

Even with the Stock Market seeing Green overall, certain companies and stocks have limited just how well the stock market has done, or should have done today.

Some stocks that have helped the stock market go into the green include Hewlett Packard (HPQ) which increased 3.6% today, after dropping 20% at the end of last week. Universal Display Corporation (PANL) rallied 24.5% today. That is a huge jump for this stock going up to $34.76. This stock has been steadily dropping over the past few weeks and have turned around today. It’s still no where near it’s 52 week high of $63.58. They’re not too far off, if they can release some more good news in the coming weeks, they should be able to rally some more.

The market today has seen its ups and downs. Some stocks have made it very hard for the overall market to rally. But today, we saw a positive score on the stock market and it was a great feeling compared to the downward movement we’ve been seeing over the past few weeks. The price of gold has rallied once again and in my opinion, it will keep going up because gold seems to be the most reliable constant in terms of value. It started the year at $1,400 and it shows no signs of stopping. But if you are looking to invest in Gold, I would advise that you very carefully think about it because if they’re right, and it is a bubble, it could burst soon because the faster a bubble grows, the quicker it explodes.