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Stock Market Rebounding after last week's huge plummet

by jscreationzs

The stock market saw a horrible week last week. This week started with the stock market rebounding back with a huge rally. Almost every stock saw gains (although there were a few exceptions) after mentality about the crisis in Europe changes. Again…the mentality changed.

Investors are hopeful that the rest of Europe will be able to help Greece get out of its current state, which is almost near defaulting. Although nothing drastic has happened, the way investors and consumers are looking at this has changed. I have predicted several times that this will happen over and over. The stock market will remain very volatile as long as the issue in Greece remains unsolved one way or the other. In the meantime, the stock market will go up and down because investors will think that Greece will either Default or come out of it without a problem.

The Dow Jones saw a huge rally today with a gain of over 272 points. It has once again gone over the 11,000 mark but it’s still quite a distance from our aim of 12,000 points. I still believe that it can happen this year again. Remember, the Dow Jones almost reached 13,000 points earlier this year, that can still happen in 2011, well I’m hopeful at least.

The NASDAQ Composite gained over 33 points finishing at over 2,516 points. The S&P 500 also saw a gain of over 2.3% or 26.5 points finishing at 1,162. And the NYSE gained over 170 points finishing at 6,940. The NYSE still has to catch up and go over the 7,000 mark which it could do very soon.

The market is still very volatile. Nothing guarantees that the momentum from today will carry over to tomorrow. We may or may not see another rally. Of course, we may or may not see another plummet. We have seen situations like this several times in the past few months alone where the stock market plummeted after a rally like we saw today. Hopefully it doesn’t happen. I hope that good news, actual good news, comes out of Greece soon so that we can put this mini recession behind us and move on. We have been in this slump for longer than I want to stay in any slump.

The Gold has seen another drop since I last reported it on Friday. Currently, gold costs $1,623 an ounce. About $19 less than what it was just three days ago. Will the price of gold keep going down?

Maybe. I did say that the massive increase in gold price in a short period of time this year could have been just a bubble. Many people on TV, the internet, and in many other places would agree. The price of gold is almost $300 what it was just a few weeks ago and it has been keep going down. It even went down in last week’s massive drop in the stock market, when normally the price of gold would increase.

I think the overall price of gold will continue to drop as the year draws to an end. Gold price spiked too much in too little time and now it’s slowly deflating. It could still spike up just as quickly but hopefully it won’t because gold tends to reflect how the economy is doing and cheaper gold usually means more people are investing in other things that are helping the economy. Right now I think gold needs to drop more and things like the Employment Rate needs to increase.

What do you think will happen in the coming week to the stock market? Will the rally keep up? Or hit the ceiling and bounce back down?

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?

Unfortunately, the momentum from last week’s stock market rally did not carry over to this week. We start this week in the red after the stock market dives almost everywhere.  The dive comes after worries about Greece reemerges as people speculate that Greece will default. If they default, they will stop all payments to their lenders and stop making bond payments. It will hurt banks and it will send a shockwave throughout the Global Economy and we can most definitely look to seeing it in the US Markets.

I am hoping that this doesn’t happen because if it does, it’ll undo everything good that we have experienced last week (and perhaps more). The last thing we need right now is a country defaulting and sending stocks around the globe plummeting.

As for today, the Dow Jones dropped more than 108 points, sticking just over the 11,400 mark. The NASDAQ Composite dropped less than 10 points. You may think it’s not so bad, but it still dropped. The S&P 500 dropped almost 12 points while the NYSE dropped more than 113 points.

Today definitely was not a good day for the market, but we have seen worse. The markets were really down earlier today but the fact that it bounced back up a little shows that investors haven’t lost complete faith in Greece or the global economy. I believe that things will bounce back up. Like always, the market will fluctuate, there isn’t much that we can do, we can only try to predict but that’s harder than it sounds.

Out of the stocks hit hardest, the banking sector took a big hit today. Citigroup (C) dropped $1.28 per share or more than 4.4%. Bank of America (BAC) Dropped $0.24 or about 3.3%. JP Morgan Chase dropped more than 2.8% or $0.94 per share. The banking sector last week saw big gains and a lot of it has been undone in today’s fall. But not to worry, things will go back up as investors use this opportunity to buy low in order to sell high later in the future.

So What is Qwikster?

The Title asks the Question, what’s Qwikster?  Sounds like a service my Internet Service Provider provides that gives a speed boost. But no, it’s not that. Qwikster is Netflix’s (NFLX) new thing. Netflix earlier announced that they will be splitting up their service. Currently, you can stream movies over the internet and order DVDs by mail on the same plan. But now, you have to get them separately. If you only want DVD service, that’s when you go with Qwikster and if you want to stream your videos online, you sign up for Netflix.

Netflix Drops 7% on Monday September 19

by Yahoo! Finance

So how did this go for Netflix (NFLX) today? Not very well. The announcement sent Netflix stocks plummeting again. This time it dropped more than 7.3% or $11.44 per share today. It dropped another 1.77% or $2.55 per share in after hours trading. This drop sent Netflix dangerously close to its 52 week low of $140.02. Currently it’s price is $143.75 (not taking into account its drop after hours). This news will carry over into tomorrow and we can expect Netflix to see another drop in their stocks. They will most likely set a new 52 week low because investors are basically losing hope.

They have lost more than 50% of their market share in the past few months after announcing a change in pricing so what’s Netflix thinking?  They’ve lost about $8 billion after everything that has happened since their first announcement in July and it doesn’t look like they are done. I guess they are hoping people will adapt to their changes and come back to them in the future. I think they will get exactly what they want, but it will take some time. They have to allow people time to get  used to the changes.

Whatever happens, I still think that Netflix is a very strong stock and they will bounce back. As this stock which at one point was over $300 goes closer to $100, investors will look at this opportunity to buy low which should increase the stock prices. And as people get used to Netflix’s new prices and features and whatever Qwikster hopes to accomplish, I think they will start regaining subscribers and will still remain the top company in its field with ease.

Even if the stocks rallied today, Netflix would have gone down. And today wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I’m glad the losses were minimal and hopefully some good news comes out of Greece tomorrow. I know good news will send stocks rallying all over again and that’s exactly what we need in order to set aim for the 12,000 mark.

What are your thoughts on Netflix? What about Greece?

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?

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?