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  • Searching For The Silver Lining - 9 March 2009
  • Embattled Wall Street traders have been on the lookout for signs that the market is bottoming out, but as the weeks pass by with major indices reflecting an ever declining market, it appears that the question of “Are we there yet?” is becoming impossible to answer. Last week saw the Dow Jones industrial average falling 6.17 percent to end at 6,626.94, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 shed 7.03 percent to end at 683.38 and the Nasdaq composite lost 6.1 percent to close on Friday at 1,293.85. This means that both the Dow and S&P have plunged by around 24 percent, and Nasdaq by nearly 18 percent, since the beginning of 2009.

  • Stock Market Volatility Sparks Interest In Investment Principles - 5 March 2009
  • With the global financial crisis reaching into everyone’s pockets, the average man in the street is beginning to take more of an interest in what makes the economy of a country work. And with headlines such as "Wall Street Tumbles", "Stocks Rally for Third Day In A Row" and "Stock Market Indexes On Brink Of Twelve Year Low" drawing attention to the stock market and the important role it plays in keeping the economy ticking over, Joe Citizen is starting to take more than just a passing interest in a field that he may have avoided in the past.

  • Wall Street Facing 12-year Lows, Buffet’s Berkshire Takes a Knock, GE Cuts Dividends - 2 March 2009
  • Wall Street ended last week on the brink of 12 year lows with the Dow Jones industrial average posting its worst February since 1933 and closing at 7,063, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 ended the week at 735 and the Nasdaq composite dropped to 1,378. A number of factors had a negative impact on stock market performance last week, including the worse than expected GDP reading for the fourth quarter of 2008 and the news that the US government is set to take a large stake in Citigroup, which in turn sparked fears that other major banks may be heading the same way.

  • Investors Anxious for Details of Bank Bailouts and Economic Recovery Plan - 23 February 2009
  • Following the unveiling of a bank bailout plan two weeks ago which left many questions unanswered, financial stocks as well as the broader US market have taken a beating. The ability of banks to remain afloat in a recession, which is likely to continue for some time, remains a primary concern among the majority of stock market traders. Speculation that the government may be obliged to nationalize embattled banks served to push investor anxiety levels up a notch, negatively impacting on stock market performance last week with the Dow closing on Friday at its lowest ebb since October 2002 and the S&P500 ending the week just 18 points shy of an eleven year low.

  • US Economic Stimulus Package, TARP, Big Three under Spotlight in Coming Week - 16 February 2009
  • With the much publicized $787 economic stimulus package having been passed by the Senate and due to be signed into law by President Obama this week, investors are anxious for the specifics of the bill that aims to soften the blow of the growing recession. Last week saw investors dumping their stocks in the midst of uncertainty, partially resulting from a lack of communication with regard to the scope of the stimulus package. The Dow ended the week on 7,850.41, a 5.2 percent drop, with the S&P 500 losing 4.8 percent and the Nasdaq falling 4.8 percent. With Monday 16 February being President’s Day, stock market traders are hopeful that when trade begins on Tuesday, the fact that the stimulus plan has been passed by the senate may be enough to boost investor confidence – at least to some extent.

  • January’s Dismal U.S. Stock Market Trading May Signal Tough Times in 2009 - 2 February 2009
  • While losses over the past trading week on U.S. stock markets were not the biggest seen to date, added to the previous three consecutive weeks of declines in January the month closed reflecting substantial losses, which many believe are an indication of worse to come. The Dow closed the month just above the 8,000 mark at 8,000.86, while the S&P 500 closed at 825.88 and the Nasdaq Composite at 1,476.42.

  • First Week of 2009 U.S. Trading Proves Disappointing, Euro Weathering Global Financial Storm - 12 January 2009
  • While the year started off with investors being cautiously optimistic that better times may be in sight, the first full trading week of 2009 was disappointing and revealed that, although it is a new year, the old anxieties that dogged the market in 2008 continue unabated. The report on the state of the U.S. job market released on Friday is being cited as the primary reason for the U.S. stock market decline, which saw the trading day ending with the Dow Jones industrial average down 1.64 percent, the Standard & Poor’s 500 shedding 2.13 percent and the NASDAQ Composite retreating 2.81 percent.

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