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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?

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.

AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Stopped

By digitalart

AT&T’s plan for Global Domination has been stopped by the Justice Department earlier today. Global Domination may be over exaggerating but the merger with T-Mobile would make AT&T the largest cell phone service provider in the United States. AT&T is currently the number 2 provider while T-Mobile stands in at Number 4. The deal has been discussed for some time now and it has had a lot of opposition from rival companies to individuals who wouldn’t want to see another oligopoly set up because it would spike up prices for all of our wireless bills.

I am glad the Justice Department blocked the merger. It would have meant far less competition and it could have turned out to be a huge burden on the consumers. T-Mobile was looking forward to the merger because they have struggled at the number 4 position, behind Sprint at Number 3 and Verizon at Number 1. However, AT&T promised T-Mobile $3 billion in case the deal fell through. Hopefully AT&T keeps their word and pays T-Mobile so that T-Mobile can keep competing with the big names.

AT&T may also challenge the actions of the Justice Department in court in hopes that a Judge would reverse the decision and allow them to go forward with the merger. I hope that they don’t proceed with the case and even if they do, I hope whatever Judge they get deny their request. Giving AT&T more power is a bad idea. They have tried to set up a monopoly years ago but it was stopped and this deal needs to be thrown out.

After the news came in of the merger blog, AT&T (T) stocks fell 4.5% to $28.30 a share. Sprint (S) stocks on the other hand, increased 8% to $3.84 per share. And Clearwire Corporation (CLWR) also grew 7% and is now at $3.08. AT&T Stocks will most likely stay in the red for the rest of the day because of the bad news. But just like Apple (AAPL), AT&T is a big enough company to bounce back just as quickly. I will follow the news of AT&T and T-Mobile as they come in over the next few days, let’s hope it’s good news. If anything, some of the big companies need to be split up into smaller companies to increase competition. It would be great for the consumers if they have more than a few choices for their wireless plans because it would drive prices down greatly.

But it’s unlikely that these companies will be split up every more. We’ll have to look at the rest of the stock market world for hopes to making and saving money.

So what’s going on with the stock market besides the blockage of AT&T and T-Mobile?

As predicted over the past few days, the momentum of the stock market has kept up. So far today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased another 92 points and is currently standing at 11,652. The NASDAQ Composite so far grew more than 13 points and is at 2,589. The S&P 500 grew more than 11 points and the NYSE grew more than 96 points so far.

The day isn’t over yet, anything can happen. But I believe the stock market will stay in the green mainly because consumers and investors are hoping for a new Federal Stimulus in the near future. Even though the economy is slowly growing, it’s still weak. Many investors are hoping for the stimulus from the Federal Reserve even though Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke didn’t signal or indicate that there will be another stimulus coming our way.

Either way, the stock markets seem to be benefiting for now. I don’t know if the Stimulus will actually help the economy in the long run. The government has to get the money somewhere and just printing money without backing by resources would just lower the value and end up having a negative effect and could cause inflation to rise faster. I know some are saying that the government already has the money and that it will most definitely help, but I guess I will be convinced when I see it.

Until more news comes out, I believe it will keep going up and the Dow Jones will get closer to the magic 12,000 mark that we haven’t seen for a while. The market will most likely stay in the green for the rest of the day and hopefully the rest of the week.