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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.

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.

Top Video Game Stocks

by Naypong

I’m sure you’ve seen other sites telling you what they believe the top 5 video game stocks are in the market today. I’ve done my own research and I believe the companies below are some of the best to invest in. And I am speaking from an unbiased point of view, meaning, I have no financial interest in any of the companies. Even though I invest in the stock market, I don’t own stocks from any companies that create video games or consoles. Of course I’m speaking for the “now,” things may change in the future. I’m not a big investor so I can’t invest in everything I research. But one day, I hope to own a few of these stocks, but in the meantime, let me share some of what I’ve learned about these 5 Video Game companies.

Before I start talking about these stocks, I would like to point out that they are not in any specific order, just in the order that I’m speaking about them. And these 5 video game stocks are not the only VG Stocks out there. There are plenty others, both publicly and privately traded. So first up is, Microsoft.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

Microsoft, with ticker symbol MSFT, is one of the largest companies in the world. Years ago, the name “Microsoft” wouldn’t trigger “video games” in anyone’s mind. But over the past decade, Microsoft has pushed its way into the Video Game Industry and has taken over a good portion of the entire video game market with their Xbox and Xbox 360 console. We can most definitely expect more consoles by Microsoft in the future, whether they are portable systems or a new generation of the Xbox.

Microsoft Stocks have been very steady over the past 2 years. The low level of volatility shows just how stable Microsoft is as a company. Microsoft hasn’t changed much over the past 2 years in price, so why invest in them? One word, Dividends. If you don’t know what dividends are, I recommend you read up on the post titled “What are Stock Dividends?” right here on Stocksicity.

Microsoft’s Dividend has also been pretty steady. In the past 2 years, Dividends from Microsoft has actually risen about 12 cents per share a year. This is partly due to all the innovations Microsoft has done, including their developments in the Video Game Sector. Their current dividend is set at $0.64 per share, or a 2.5% Yield. Microsoft Stocks are cheap, under $30 at an average over the past 2 years. The Dividend payouts have been steady and stable and is a great investment because of the dividend. And of course, you could reap the benefits of what Microsoft does in the Video Game, Computers, and other technology sectors of the market.

Take-Two Interactive Software (TTWO)

Take-Two Interactive Software, with ticker symbol TTWO, has been around for a while. They have created blockbuster games like the Civilization Series, Grand Theft Auto Games, Borderlands, Bioshock, NBA 2k Series, Midnight Club Series, Do I need to keep going?

Take-Two Interactive has created some of the greatest games in our time and they will continue to create awesome games in the future. This is why TTWO is a great investment. Currently, Take-Two Interactive costs $12.50 per share. It is near its 52 week low of $9.23. It’s 52 week high is over $17.50. I always recommend buying low and selling high and now, Take-Two Interactive is in the perfect place for investors to buy low and possibly sell high in the near future.

Unlike Microsoft, Take-Two doesn’t offer a dividend. Although it used to in the past, it stopped due to the economic meltdown we experienced a few years ago. But I’m sure if the gaming industry starts to boom again, they will start their dividends again. And the holidays are coming up in just a few months, and Take-Two Interactive has always spiked during the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks so now would be a great time to invest. If I had money to invest at this moment, Take-Two Interactive would be near the top of my list.

Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI)

The most played MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) is World of Warcraft. Activision Blizzard launched World of Warcraft (also known as just WoW) years ago and it took off like a rocket. The game has given Activision the capital to become one of the largest Video Game Companies in the world. Like Microsoft, Activision has been very steady in the stock market. It has been above $10 and below $13 for at least the past 2 years. This stability gives investors reliability that it will continue to stay steady.

So why invest in a company that doesn’t look like it’ll spike in price? The same reason you would invest in Microsoft. Activision Blizzard gives out dividends just like Microsoft. They pay $0.17 per share a year, or a 1.5% yield. This may not be much but the price of ATVI Stocks is cheap compared to other stocks which allows you to buy more stocks so that your dividend payouts are much higher. As long as World of Warcraft (and the many other games created by Activision) dominates the market, ATVI isn’t going anywhere, that’s why investing in this company is a smart idea.

THQ Inc. (THQI)

THQ Inc is a great investment. But recently you may have noticed that THQ has had financial issues, mostly due to lower sales. This isn’t the first time THQ has had issues. THQ is a great company who has created many games, most notably the World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) Smackdown Games (more recently Smackdown Vs. Raw). I believe that THQ will bounce back soon because the holidays are coming and the holidays always mean a great time for the video game industry.

Currently, the price per share of THQ is $1.80. It is just 9 cents above its 52 week low which makes it a great investment. Many stocks that approach their 52 week lows bounce back very quickly because investors use the opportunity to buy a stock low to sell high in the future. What makes it more attractive is that this stock is less risky than many other companies. If there is loss, the loss is very little compared to a company that goes from $100 per share to $10. I definitely don’t see that happening for THQ and that’s why I believe that THQ would be a great investment right now.

Majesco Entertainment Company (COOL)

And finally, the last stock on the list is COOL, well actually, COOL is their Ticker symbol, and their name is Majesco Entertainment Company. The one thing I love about this company is the ticker symbol, it’s definitely a cool one. Majesco isn’t as well known as the other four companies, nonetheless, it has made a big impact in the video game sector of the stock market. I have kept my eye on this stock for some time but I never got around to investing. Earlier this year, the price per share of Majesco was just $0.49. And at one point, it went up and kept going up. It reached its 52 week high of $4.53 per share back in June. If I had invested when it was pretty much a penny stock, I would have made 10 times my money. Although I regret not investing when it was low, I am kind of happy that I didn’t when it was going up.

What I’ve learned about this stock is that it’s very volatile. It has gone up and down drastically over the past few months so it is very volatile. Currently, the stock is priced at $2.38 per share. It dropped below $2 per share during the Early August meltdown but it has bounced back up. Even though the stock is very volatile, it is much easier to make money from a volatile stock than a steady stock if you can predict how a stock will act.

If you’re looking for something very volatile to invest in and if you want to take the risk to see if you can profit off a gaming company, then Majesco Entertainment Company is a company you should look into. There is a lot of potential for making a lot of money with this company, you just have to do it right.

 

 

These are the top 5 video game stocks on my list. Your list may differ or you may not have a list at all. But before you invest in any of the stocks mentioned, be sure to do your own research to really know what you’re getting into. Stocks can be heavily influenced by how the rest of the stock market is doing as well as how the consumers feel. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.

If you are an investor, do you own any shares of the companies I’ve mentioned today? If you don’t own any shares, do you plan to purchase any of these stocks? Share your feelings by commenting!