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  • US Job Market, Europe Crisis, Earnings of Interest in Week Ahead - 31 October 2011
  • With analysts warning that the current climate of market uncertainty is far from over, it appears that Wall Street is set to end the month of October on a high, with the Dow recording the greatest October gain ever. Despite the fact that French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been reported as saying that Greece should never have been permitted entrance to the Eurozone in 2001, European authorities have reached an agreement and mapped out a plan to rescue ailing European countries, including Greece, Italy and Spain. This has done much to boost confidence among Wall Street investors who will continue to keep an alert eye on Europe as leaders of nations forming the G-20 gather in Cannes, with the debt crisis a highlight on the agenda for discussion.

  • Europe Resolution Boosts Investor Confidence - 27 October 2011
  • Tuesday saw a sharp drop in US stocks ahead of the EU summit to be held the following day. By Wednesday afternoon investors began gaining confidence that European authorities would agree upon a workable solution to Eurozone woes. Following an uneasy day on Wall Street, all major indexes ended the trading day higher with the S&P 500 moving up 13 points, the Dow Jones industrial average adding 162 points, and the Nasdaq composite climbing 12 points, being 1 percent, 1.4 percent and 0.5 percent respectively. Although details of the plan to bring Europe's debt crisis under control, and to assist its banking sector, still need clarification and fleshing out, the very fact that an agreement has been reached on how to move forward was enough to boost investor confidence to a degree.

  • Eurozone Remains in Spotlight in Week Ahead - 24 October 2011
  • Europe's leaders gathered in Brussels over the weekend to discuss the region's crisis, and with a formal announcement expected to be made on Wednesday, investors are very hopeful that a resolution to the escalating problems in Eurozone economies will be found. While pointing out that the circumstances currently facing Europe are unprecedented, Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, noted that progress had been made, referring to working through the region's problems as a "painful process". In the weeks leading up to the summit, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the German Chancellor appeared to differ of how best to proceed with a government-backed fund to assist banks and Eurozone economies, but Wednesday's announcement is likely to reveal if they have come to an agreement in this regard.

  • Markets Dip on Beige Book Blues - 20 October 2011
  • Wall Street responded negatively yesterday in response to what many view as a pessimistic report from the Federal Reserve on regional economic activity. Others may be more inclined to view the report as a cold dose of reality, as the US economy continues to struggle to recover. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 72 points, with the S&P 500 shedding 15 points and the Nasdaq dropping 53 points, being 0.6 percent, 1.3 percent, and 2 percent respectively.

  • Third Quarter Earnings High on Wall Street Agenda - 17 October 2011
  • Following a two-day meeting in Paris, finance ministers from the G20 countries revealed that they will take whatever action deemed necessary to ensure sufficient capitalization of banks and to stabilize wavering global financial markets. This pledge from the world's most powerful and influential economies comes hot on the heels of pledges by France and Germany to work together to rescue Eurozone countries in crisis. In a statement by US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner he noted that delegates at the weekend meeting heard encouraging things from European authorities regarding a comprehensive strategy to deal with Europe’s financial crisis.

  • Proposed Eurozone Bailout Impacts Wall Street - 13 October 2011
  • Stocks rose sharply on Wednesday before dropping slightly, but still ending the day at an encouraging high, with the rally believed to have been fuelled by optimism regarding the latest proposal to recapitalize banks in Europe. Investor sentiment appears to have shifted from its doom-and-gloom outlook last week, to one of hope that a TARP-styled rescue plan will be put in place for European banks. President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso was reported as stating Wednesday that the resolution of this ongoing crisis needs immediate action from policymakers. He also pointed out that banks that fail to meet capital requirements should not be permitted to pay out dividends and bonuses.

  • Eurozone Hopes, Mortgage Rates, Corporate Earnings in Week Ahead - 10 October 2011
  • With the "Occupy Wall Street" protests continuing to gain ground, America's financial system and economy remain hot topics for debate on both Wall Street and Main Street. Calling themselves "the 99 percent" these protestors, among other issues, are highlighting the fact that ordinary Americans are battling to cope, and their call has resonated with supporters around the world. Investors are painfully aware that the economy is significantly affected by consumer spending, which has been dramatically curtailed due to the ongoing jobless situation. Moreover, a recent survey revealed that workers are taking huge pay cuts to secure employment, with little hope of receiving increases, certainly not to the extent of raising them back to the pay level they may have been at before losing their jobs – all of which has a negative effect on disposable income and the economy.

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