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Today was not a very good day for the stock market. Today was the official first day of the last quarter of 2011 and we started out in the red. It added to the losses we already experienced at the end of the last quarter (just 3 days ago).

Most of what we have seen today is due to worries from Greece again. It’s kind of amazing how volatile the market has been all because of speculation about how Greece is doing with their economy. We still haven’t received anything solid but investors are selling and buying based on what they think, or feel, will happen with Greece. If they believe that Greece will come out of it soon and have a steady economy again, the markets are likely to rally. If they believe Greece is close to defaulting, then everything will plunge. Most of the rallies and plunges over the past few weeks have been revolving around Greece and its issues.

Today, the Dow Jones fell more than 258 points. It finished at 10,655 points. We are very far from our 12,000 point mark. I do hope that we can get back over the 11,000 mark soon.

The NASDAQ Composite lost more than 79 points or almost 3.3%. The NASDAQ finished off at 2,335. The S&P 500 fell more than 32 points or 2.85% finishing off at 1,099. And finally, the NYSE dropped more than 217 points or a 3.2% drop, finishing off at 6,574 points.

On Friday, we saw Eastman Kodak (EK) plummet to $0.78 per share. Today they bounced back gaining more than 71%. Currently, Eastman Kodak sits at $1.34 per share after an increase of more than $0.56.

This may mean that Kodak may be bouncing back, but it could also be investors jumping on the opportunity to buy a stock at an extremely low price. Remember that at one point, Kodak stocks were worth over $80 a share. If things look better for Kodak again, these investors will be very happy. But it’s still very volatile, nothing dramatic has happened to help Kodak out of its financial crisis. Any investment now would still be considered very risky. Any stock that gains so much in a short period of time is always in danger of dropping even more the days following from massive sellouts of investors cashing in on their profits.

Today was not a good day for the stock market. Tomorrow will hopefully be better. We are at a very low point in the market and the new from Greece definitely isn’t helping. I hope that everything turns around for the rest of the week and we head back over the 11,000 mark. I also hope that what Eastman Kodak saw today wasn’t just investors buying the stock low, I hope it keeps increasing because Kodak could sure use a surge in investors right about now.

Share your thoughts on the plunge today and what you think will happen with Kodak stocks in the coming days and weeks.

Market Goes Down as Traders look on

by Vlado

The stock market for the past 3 days have been very disappointing. During the end of August and for some time in September, we though the Global Economy was recovering. I had great faith in the economy and its recovery. I was aware of all the issues in Europe regarding Greece and its Default crisis but nonetheless, I thought they would get things solved by now. But not much has happened and over the past few days, one of the biggest economic leaders, China, showed slow in its economic Growth as well. Everyone excepted at least China to do a lot better than the rest of the world but it doesn’t seem to be the case.

So are we doomed?

I don’t think we are, not yet at least. Although the global economy experienced a huge setback dropping almost 400 points yesterday (Dow Jones Industrial Average), and about 4% everywhere else, we are still hanging in. We are still in better shape than a few years ago when the Dow Jones was a few thousand points lower than it currently is now. And unlike a few years ago (2008), the plummet we experienced yesterday didn’t carry over to today. We did see gains today, but they were minimal.

The Dow Jones gained just 37 points which really isn’t anything compared to the drop it experienced on Wednesday and Thursday. The NASDAQ Composite gained just 27.5 Points. The S&P 500 gained less than 7 points. And the NYSE gained 44 points.

I know we were aiming for that 12,000 mark with the Dow but it’s currently sitting at 10,771. We were just a few hundred points away and now we’re well over a 1000 points from our goal. But I still think it can happen.

Investors are worried all over the world that things may be collapsing soon. So they are mass selling their assets in order to maximize profits or minimize losses. The stock market is very volatile now. It dropped about 500 points in two days very easily, although it didn’t bounce back today, I think it will soon because this is a great time for investors to buy low.

So why don’t I think that the economy is doomed? (Not yet at least). Because I’m looking at Gold. Generally in times of crisis like this with huge sell offs, the price of commodities like Gold and Silver tend to see massive gains but over the past few days, they have been going down. It shows us that investors aren’t putting their money in Gold which happens to be the best thing to invest in because the price always seems to be dependable. Of course they could just be selling and buying something else to store, but what?

I last reported about gold in the article I wrote after About the Stock Market After the Labor Day Weekend. It was almost three weeks ago. We would expect the price of gold to keep going up after what we have seen the stock markets do over the past week or so, but nope. I last reported the price of gold to be $1,877 an ounce. It was very expensive, near its record high of just over $1,900. But over the past few days, gold has been dropping. The Gold Bubble could be collapsing or it could be something altogether. Currently gold costs $1,642 an ounce.  That’s $235 less than what it was just three weeks ago.

So what does this mean?

It could mean a few things. First, the economy is actually recovering and investors (as well as consumers) are just overreacting. If this is the case, we can expect Greece to get out of its crisis soon and we will see rallies again.

It could also be the Federal Reserve’s plan to pump $400 billion into the economy and people are trying to invest something on that end instead of Gold. Which may be weird but I’m not complaining. Lower prices just mean I can buy my mother gold jewelry at a cheaper price.

Today ended the market week. It wasn’t a very happy ending, but at least it wasn’t sad like yesterday. Don’t lose hope. As I always say, a positive mentality can go a long way. We have seen some of it in the past when we all thought Greece was out of trouble or when we believed that President Obama’s stimulus plan was a great idea and that it would help. Nothing in reality has changed, those ideas are still there, but the mentality just changed. If we can shift it back towards the positive (the entire global economy that is), I’m sure we can turn things out.

What do you think about this week in trading? And what do you think may be going on with Gold dropping along with everything else?

Stocks stay positive for the whole week

by jscreationzs

For the first time in a long time, we have had a full week of growth in the stock market. I honestly don’t remember the last time where the stock market went up every day for five straight days. Today marked the 5th straight day of winning in the stock market. Although I wouldn’t call today’s upward motion of the stock market a “rally” but it was still a positive days. Most stocks went up (although some still suffered losses) which resulted in another day of win in the sock markets all around the world.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average today finished with a gain of almost 76 points. It is over the 11,500 mark and it is getting closer and closer to our targeted 12,000 mark. There is still a long way to go and this weeks Rally of the stock market (after the 3 day slump we saw the week earlier), could trigger another sell off by investors because they may use this opportunity to sell at a moderately high price. Hopefully that won’t happen and investors continue to invest in businesses which would be great for everyone.

The NASDAQ Composite gained more than 15 points finishing at over 2,622 points. The S&P 500 Gained almost 7 points making this week the biggest gains for this Index since July. Currently the S&P 500 is at 1,216. And finally, the NYSE gained more than 19 points, finishing at 7,348 points.

Overall, today was a great day for the market. This turned out to be a great week for the market. I was hoping that the updraft in the market would stick for the whole week and it did. I had my doubts, especially earlier this week when we received bad news from Greece defaulting as well as losses here in the US. At first it seemed as if the negative trend from the prior week would continue into this week and I’m glad it didn’t. The little hope that we saw at the end of the Market day this past Monday triggered the rallies that we have seen all week long all around the world.

Lets hope that the momentum continues and goes over to next week and the following weeks to come. If consumers and investors keep doing what they have been doing this week, we will be on our way to economic recovery in no time. And if President Obama’s Stimulus plan actually gets passed and this time, actually works, we may see the unemployment numbers decline greatly in the next year. It would be great for President Obama with his reelection coming up and of course, it’ll be great for everyone else in the country as well.

Not all stocks prospered this week. I mentioned Netflix (NFLX) yesterday and how it dropped nearly 20 percent after reporting a loss of more than a million subscribers thanks to their new pricing. Netflix’s (NFLX) negative momentum carried over to today and it saw another big drop. This time a drop of over 8.3%, or $14 per share. It is getting closer and closer to its 52 week low. The drop wasn’t as big today as yesterday which could be a good sign that the drop will eventually stop and then slingshot back upwards. It won’t be the first time we have seen that and I won’t be surprised if Netflix recovers just as quickly. It is still a huge company with a lot of stock power in the market, I don’t think Netflix is going anywhere any time soon.

One stock that rallied and had a great day today was Amazon (AMZN). Amazon gained more than 5.5%, or $12.50 per share. It’s current price is $239.30. This week turned out to be pretty good for Amazon and the news from Netflix helped Amazon grow as well.

Unlike last week, I’m glad to saw that this week ended on a very positive note. Lets hope that everything continues into the coming weeks. The holidays are approaching soon and if we can get consumers to spend and investors to invest more, we should be able to pull ourselves out of the recession that we put ourselves in several years ago. Keep a positive mind out and we’ll be out of trouble in no time!

What do you think will happen to the stock market in the coming weeks? Will we be able to go over the 12,000 mark soon? Or will we plummet back below the 11,000 mark that we have fought for this week?

Stock Market's Rally For 4th Straight Day

by Idea go

The Stock Market rallied once again today seeing gains all over the world. The rally followed the ease of tension from Europe, more specifically, Greece. Today was definitely a great day for the stock market in most sectors. Not all stocks gained today, some lost pretty big, like the title suggest, Netflix lost huge. But overall, it was a great day. Today marked the 4th consecutive market day where the stock market went up. We still have one day left, we’ll have to see if we can keep the streak  up and have this week be “undefeated” in a way.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average saw a gain of more than 186 points, finishing at over 11,433. It is once again getting closer to the 12,000 mark that we have been going towards for weeks. Every time, something happens in Europe or Asia, or even here in the US that messes things up and sends the stock market hurdling downwards.

The NASDAQ Composite gained more than 34 points finishing at over 2,607. The S&P 500 gained more than 20 points finishing at over 1,209 points. And the NYSE gained almost 130 points, finishing at over 7,329.

In Europe, the DAX saw gains of over 168 points, which is more than a 3% increase. The CAC 40 gained over 96 points, more than 3.2% increase. And in Asia, we have the Nikkei gaining more than a 150 points.

The stock market rallied all over the world. But as the title points out, not every stock saw gains. Netflix saw huge losses of almost 20 percent after they reported losses in subscribers and their new increasing pricing. Netflix dropped almost $40 per share, which is more than 19% (market and after hours trading combined). Currently, Netflix is sitting at $169 per share. It is pretty close to its 52 week low of  $140.

Netflix (NFLX) is a strong stock in my opinion. I have kept my eye on it for years and unfortunately, I never invested in them. When I first laid my eyes on them, they were worth just over $50 a share. Then I watched the stock go up and up and up until it surpassed the $300 mark and I did regret not purchasing. I definitely didn’t know When the right time would be to invest in that stock.

Since Netflix (NFLX) is a strong stock, it will bounce back up just as quickly. Sure they may have lost a lot of subscribers, but the drop of 20% from the market price will attract investors who wants to buy low to sell high. The opposite can also happen, it could keep dropping because investors believe that Netflix will keep losing subscribers due to their new pricing. I don’t know what will happen, anything I say with any certainty will only be speculation.

The Banking sector today saw big gains. Citigroup (C) saw gains of more than 4.3% and Bank of America (BAC) saw gains of almost 4% itself. JP Morgan Chase (JPM) as well as Goldman Sachs (GS) saw gains of more than 3%.

The gains in the sectors allowed the stock markets to rally. Not all sectors went up easily, the Solar Energy sector went down for the most part but not too significantly today.

Today marked the 4th straight day of positive marketing. This could be a good sign for the future of the stock market. Lets hope that the momentum continues onto tomorrow and next week. We have seen enough red in the stock market this year and I believe it’s time to come out of the slump. As I said before, mentality can play a huge role in how the stock market does. So lets keep the positive thinking up as both investors and consumers and help the global economy out of its recession!

Feel free to share your thoughts on the rally that we have been seeing. Do you think it will last? Or do you think it will drop?

Market finishes positive before it closes

by jscreationzs

The stock market had a bad opener this morning. It looked like today would be another day, the third market day in a row, where we would see a drop in the stock market. People were still worried about the bad news coming out of Europe and they feared the worst for Europe’s debt crisis.

Thankfully the worries have calmed down, for now at least. It has decreased the losses we have experienced recently and hopefully the worries keep going down. As I mentioned before, the mentality of investors can sway an entire market up or down just based on what they believe will happen. Right now, investors see a brighter future for Europe so the Global Economy is reaping the benefits.

We didn’t see huge gains in the market because all of the green came later in the market day. I actually didn’t even pay attention to the market for a good portion of the day because I was busy. When I first looked at the market, it was about 11am and the market was going down and it looked like it’ll keep going down due to fears about Europe. Then I come back at around 5PM (an hour after the market closes), and everything is in the green. It definitely surprised me, a good surprise.

The Dow Jones Gained almost 69 Points or just 0.6%. It wasn’t a huge gain but it was enough to get us past the 11,000 mark once again.  The lead isn’t that big, we need to keep seeing rises in the markets over the next few days to keep over the 11,000 mark and aim for the magic 12,000. Will it happen soon? Maybe, there is no way to predict which way the markets will go with the current level of volatility.

The NASDAQ Composite gamed over 27 points or just over 1%. It’s 5 points short of the 2,500 mark. The S&P 500 increased more than 8 points or 0.7%. And the NYSE barely saw an increase. It only rose just over 2 points, not even a tenth of a percent.

Today was not the best day for the stock market, but I’m glad the markets closed on a positive note. Let’s hope the good news keeps coming in. If President Obama’s stimulus proposal is passed by Congress, I’m sure we can see a rally by the stock market. And I also hope that if the package is passed, that it actually solves our problem rather than put another $450 billion hole in our already massive hole.

We’ll have to see how the market does for the rest of the week. Today was definitely shaky but it was a win nonetheless.