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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.

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?

Stock Market Continues to Drop

by jscreationzs

As we feared, the downward momentum from the end of last week has continued into this week. Today is the third market day in a row the stock market has been in the red. The market has seen huge drops earlier, with the Dow falling about 4%. But as the markets closed, the losses were minimized and current prices of the four major exchanges are reported below. What has made the downfall even worse is the bad news that has come in from Europe. Investors have doubts about the economies of Italy and Greece.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell below the 11,000 mark once again, for the first time in the past 2 weeks or so. Currently it is standing at around 11,139 with a drop of more than 100 points or 0.9%. This definitely is a setback from the huge gains we have seen before the market started its downward spiral last Thursday.

The NASDAQ Composite fell about 6.5 points today and stands at 2,473. The S&P 500 has dropped more than 8 points and is standing at 1,165. And the New York Stock Exchange fell more than 102 points or an almost 1.4% drop and is sitting at just over 7,148.

The market week definitely had a bad start and the weather in the North East doesn’t make it seem any better. At least at the end of last week, the blue skies and outside activities gave people a reason to be out and shop, but today, businesses will suffer on both ends, from the stock market and the consumers being held inside due to pouring rain.

The price of Gold hasn’t changed much since I last reported on Friday. The price of gold is currently $1,877.30, just under a $1 less than what it was on Friday. However, at one point today, the price of gold was well over $1,900 nearing its record. It dropped a little because investors found the opportunity to sell near its highest point. But if the economy in Europe, and in the United States, continue to bring bad news, we can see gold prices remain at its current high price or even go higher.

All of this comes after a long Labor Day Weekend. The bad start seems like what we saw at the start of August. But I am not too worried. These things happen and they will continue to happen. As I mentioned plenty of times, the stock market tends to balance itself out after a point. It rallied for almost two weeks and now it is just balancing itself out again. We just have to hope for the balance to increase in its average price and I believe it will happen sooner rather than later.

The bad news about the job data came in on Friday and I believe that the job report for September 2011 will be better. I also don’t think that we will have to wait for October to get some relief from the stock market’s downward spiral, because the market will balance itself out again and rally again even if it’s for a short time.

All we can do now is hope that the future is better for all of our sake. The stock market is volatile now and as always, this could be the perfect time to invest. And as always, be sure to do your own research because the more volatility that exists, the more risk you’re taking with your money.

Earlier today, the government released the report on US Jobs. As some have predicted over the past few days, the data was bad. After my report yesterday, the markets went even lower because of the predicted low quality of the jobs report to be released today. And today, the down market carried over.

The Dow Jones dropped more than 250 points so far and it doesn’t look like it’s stopping. The graph on the right, provided by Yahoo! Finance shows the steep drop the Dow Jones Industrial Average took today. The combined drop of yesterday and today has nearly undone the rally we have seen during the last 4 market days of August. The sight isn’t pretty but we will bounce back! The Dow Jones is currently at 11,239, making the gap between the current price and the magic 12,000 mark even greater.

Dow Jones Huge Drop on September 2nd

by Yahoo! Finance

The NASDAQ Composite dropped more than 71 points and is currently at 2,474. The S&P 500 is at 1,173 after a drop of more than 31 points or more than 2.5% of its value. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) dropped almost 200 points so far and is currently standing at 7,244.

The US Jobs Report stated that in August, only created 17,000 jobs, which is almost nothing compared to what was expected. What makes this worse is that they revised the amount of jobs for June and July as well. They found that there were more than 58,000 fewer jobs than what was originally thought. So not only did we barely create jobs in the private sector July, we had the numbers for the two previous months wrong. And even worse than that, the government/public sector also cut more than 17,000 jobs in August. They pretty much cancel each other out so the economy didn’t really see any jobs created last month. This is actually very sad.

The unemployment rate stays at 9.1%. This lowers the confidence investors have in the economy. This could signal that the federal government will come out with another Stimulus to encourage consumer spending. The problem with a stimulus package is getting the money. They would have to figure out where the money would come from because they can’t just take it away from something essential and they can’t just print more money because it just lowers the value of the dollar.

We will have to see where things go from here but for today, we can expect the stock market to stay in the red. I wouldn’t be surprised if the stock market actually goes lower than it has so far. The news today was definitely surprising especially the part about the revisions of June and July jobs data. The government has to be able to do something to turn things around and I am not sure if a stimulus would be the best plan. I’m not an economist so I can’t say what would be best but so far, everything they’ve tried hasn’t worked.

Whenever there is economic distress, Gold seems to always jump in joy. Last week, the price of Gold dropped below $1,800 an ounce and stayed there for some time. But the bad trading sessions over the past few days has given Gold the chance to rally all over again. Today gold has gained more than 50 points. Currently it sits at $1,878 an ounce, well over a $100 gain from last week. If the economic distress continues and the stock market continues to plummet, we can expect gold to keep rallying. It does seem that the Gold bubble isn’t bursting, it has life left. I still believe that it will burst sooner or later because the economy is bound to bounce back. We have seen economic hardships like this several times in our history and every time, the economy recovers. We have no reason to believe that this time is any different.

We just have to keep a positive outlook. Hopefully the economy turns around soon and hopefully the job data for September is better when it’s released next month.

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!