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Stock Market Lowers on Job Report

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The government is due to release August’s Job report tomorrow. As a result, the stock market has gone down a bit as investors become wary about tomorrow’s report. Investors are predicting that the jobless rate will be up another 0.1% to 9.2% compared to July. They also believe that fewer jobs were added in August compared to July. These worries have sent the stock market to the red side today. We might actually finish in the red today if some good news doesn’t come out in the next 2 and a half hours.

But this little slump isn’t bad. The stock market is a volatile playground and it is due to go up and down from one day to another. The little drop we have seen so far today won’t undo the huge gains we have seen over the two weeks. And overall, today is a slow day for trading in the stock market.

So far, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped 22 Points and the NASDAQ Composite has dropped almost 11 points. The S&P 500 has dropped just 3 points while the NYSE has dropped almost 18 points.

If the news tomorrow is worse than expected, we can assume the stocks to keep going down tomorrow. However, I don’t think it will be enough to undo any of the gains we have seen in the past 2 weeks. I am also hopeful that the report tomorrow is better than expected. If that’s the case, we can expect the stock market to rally once again and we can also expect that momentum to carry over to the beginning of next week.

The stock market did see an increase earlier today and hopefully, it will bounce back. We have had a day like this earlier this week on Tuesday. The stock market was at first down but by the closing bell, it finished in the green, even though the gain was very little compared to the rest of the week. We could see the same today because the losses so far haven’t been that great and we are very close to the borderline of the green zone. We will have to keep monitoring the stock market to see where everything lands.

All in all, not much has happened today. The slump comes from speculations of what will be released tomorrow. The only way to find out the actual job report is to listen to a report of the report or be there when the government announces it. Hopefully it’s good news, or hopefully it’s not too bad. I don’t think the news will have a huge negative effect on the markets for tomorrow or next week, but you never know.

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.