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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?

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?

It seems that we live in a world of financial awareness. With the present condition of the US economy and the raising of the debt ceiling, there are an increasingly large number of people who are becoming financially aware as they’re worried about their distressed financial state. Though the US government saved itself from yet another national default, the consumers are still struggling to contain their personal debt ceiling so that they can live a life within their means. Debt has become a chronic problem in our lives and it has become the root cause of all the chaos in your lives. The debt reduction and debt consolidation companies are there to assist you in coming out of debt but it is always better to make sure that you take certain steps on your own so that you don’t need to resort to the professional companies.

As the effect of recession has touched almost every particular industry within the US, there has also been a positive side to it. The teenagers have become more financially aware and it has been researched that 67% of the 10,000 teenagers are improving their money management skills due to the economic crisis. Financial experts add that people will somewhat learn from financial crisis and more so because everyone is trying to learn something from people who have hurt their finances due to this recession. Have a look at some important points in which you can uplift your financial consciousness so that you can easily get back on the right financial track.

  • Know how much you spend in accordance with your income: Building wealth is only possible when you can spend in accordance with your present monthly income. Make a list of your gross monthly income so that you get to know how much wealth you have and how much you can spend on your necessities. Stay within your means so that you don’t need to run to professional institutions for financial help. The loans that you may have to take out for repaying your debt obligations all carry high interest rates and thus the more you avoid them, the better for you.
  • Cut short the usage of credit: You must cut short the usage of credit as credit cards carry outrageously high interest rate. Instead of carrying your credit cards, you can rather dump cash in your wallet so that you can get the things that you need with cash. Resorting to credit for something that you can’t afford with cash is not the way to go in the present economic situation.
  • Make your payments on time: You must make your high interest payments on time so that you don’t unnecessarily incur debt and require making high interest payments by causing strain on your wallet. Remember your due dates so that you do not fall back on the monthly payment and accumulate late fees and penalties for crossing due dates. There are credit card companies who charge hefty fees for a payment that is even late by 5 minutes.
  • Know the importance of your credit report: You must know the importance of your credit report so that it becomes easier to keep a track on it. It is very essential that you pull out your credit report from time to time so that you’re able to know what the credit bureaus are saying about you. All banks and financial institutions will check your credit score that implies your financial worthiness. Without a good credit score it is almost impossible for a person to take out a loan with a reasonable interest rate.

Always remember that it is very easy to mindlessly spend money on things that you don’t need. Being a bit more conscious would make you financially aware and thus you can get back on the right financial track. Don’t let the recession knock you down as you have lots of ways to control money than let money control you.

Jason Holmes is a regular writer with http://www.debtconsolidationcare.com/ and is also a contributory writer with other financial sites. His expertise is woven around various aspects of the debt industry and with his e-books he tries to impart to people the different situations and simple solutions to get out of difficult situations. Some of his works include e-books like ‘Credit Score The Quintessential Therapy for a Happy Pocket’, Take Creditors and Collection Agencies to Small Claims Court’ and, My Story- From Depression To a Smile’.

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.