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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 Bull Market

By jscreationzs

We received news of a huge Hurricane heading to the east coast last week. It had 55 million people in its path. They name it, Irene.

The media told all of us that it could be a big one and could cause a lot of death and destruction. Although it caused a lot of destruction, it was far less than expected. I am here in Queens, New York and I can honestly say that I didn’t even see the storm as a hurricane. I know a lot of people would disagree, but my placement in New York was perfect because the Hurricane barely did damage.

Since Hurricane Irene didn’t cause much damage, the Stock Markets rallied. The damage was far less than previous expected and today investors felt good about the market. This good news came just a few days after FED Chairman Bernanke gave good news about the growth in the US Economy and said that we were going on the right path. With these two factors, the stock market rallied in every sector today.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 254 points today finishing at 11,539 points. We are closing in on the 12,000 mark with the Dow Jones and I hope that the momentum continues throughout the rest of the week so that we can hit that 12,000 mark that we haven’t seen for weeks.

The NASDAQ Composite jumped more than 3.3% today with a gain of 82 points, finishing off at 2,562. The NASDAQ is getting close to its 52 week high of almost 2,900 and hopefully it does. It will signal a great time for the economy because it will truly point towards the fact that it is growing.

The S&P 500 saw a gain of 33 points finishing off at 1,210. And the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) saw a gain of more than 204 points finishing off at 2,450.

The stock market saw gains everywhere.  Even the price of gold grew from when I reported it’s price Friday evening. I reported that the price of gold was about $1,781 an ounce in my article titled “Stocks Rally After Positive Outlook by FED Chairman Bernanke” on Friday. At this moment, Gold is at a steady $1,786 an ounce. As I mentioned last week, it seems that the price of gold is stabilizing. It has been around this price for days now. It has fluctuated greatly over the weekend, mostly because of Hurricane Irene, but it always goes down to the high $1,700 mark. And since Friday evening, Gold has only gained $5. It could mean that investors are putting their money in stocks and not Gold because they believe the price of gold will not go back up.

I believe that the price of gold will continue to fluctuate over the rest of the week. The price of gold is still very volatile and it can go up and down in huge amounts in short periods of time and without warning. I also believe that the overall average price of gold will continue to drop as the year passes. Lately, we’ve been around the $1,780 mark, and the average price should keep going down as investors see that the price of gold capped out at just over $1,900 less than 2 weeks ago and that the US Economy is on the right track to recovery.

Since I’ve been keeping my eye on Universal Display Corporation (PANL), I’ll give you an update. Today, it was one of the few stocks to actually go down. It only went down $0.49 a share. However in after hours trading, PANL saw another rise of $4.68 per share, or just over 9%. Earlier this evening, PANL has announced that they have made an agreement to work with Panasonic Idemitsu OLED Lighting Co. Ltd. Cooperation between companies is usually a positive thing and this time it was. Investors saw the opportunity  Universal Display Corporation (PANL) has given them because they just opened up to more revenue as the year passes. And now it’s that much closer to it’s 52 week High and I believe it will hit it and maybe surpass it this week if its momentum keeps up.

Overall, Today was a great day for the stock market. Let’s hope it continues for the rest of the week because the US Economy definitely needs a break after what it went through the last half of the summer. We almost went the other way with Hurricane Irene and we probably would have if the damage was any higher. I’m glad that Irene didn’t cause as much damage as previously thought and I hope that all of you and your families are safe!

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.

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.