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  • Third Quarter Earnings Loom Ahead - 28 September 2009
  • Friday saw stocks on Wall Street falling for the third straight session, after having enjoyed a fairly consistent rally since the lows of March. It would appear that investors reacted negatively to the Federal Reserve's meeting on Wednesday, with Thursday's dismal existing home sales report, durable goods orders and oil slump, as well as a mix of disappointing economic news on Friday adding to the Wall Street gloom. While many in the know are disappointed at the retreat, few are surprised, anticipating that the road to recovery is going to be a lot rockier than has been indicated recently by stock market performance.

  • Monopoly, Oligopoly & Duopoly - 23 September 2009
  • A monopoly has been defined as a situation where, due to lack of competition or the availability of a substitute product/service, a single enterprise can determine the terms, such as price and availability, under which others can have access to the service or product it is offering. While having a monopoly in the market is not necessarily illegal, there are checks and balances in place to ensure that the monopoly has not been established or maintained under coercive conditions, such as creating a barrier to entry for possible competitors.

  • Dow Jones Sustainability World Index – A Guide to Socially-Conscious Investments - 17 September 2009
  • Each September since 1999 the well-respected market index company, Dow Jones & Company, has released its Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, being the top ten percent of the largest of the more than 2,500 companies represented in the Dow Jones Global Indexes, based on their sustainability and environmental practices and principles. Dow Jones works together with Zurich-based research firm, SAM Group, which conducts research on thousands of market cap leaders on a world-wide scale each year.

  • A Year After Lehman Collapse & Business As Usual on Wall Street - 14 September 2009
  • A five day rally on Wall Street was brought to an abrupt end on Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average losing 21 points, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index losing 1 point and the Nasdaq composite falling three points. The Dow and S&P had ended Thursday session at their highest levels since 6 October 2008, while the Nasdaq had ended Thursday at its highest point since 26 September. Wall Street’s so-called "fear gauge" the VIX, which typically moves in the opposite direction of stocks, closed at its lowest point since 8 September 2008 on Friday.

  • Industry Players to Network At Dow Jones Conference - 10 September 2009
  • Starting on Tuesday 15 September with a NASDAQ OMX-sponsored reception at 18h00, the Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst Conference 2009 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, will present two days of in-depth discussions regarding the unique challenges of operating in today's market. Having earned a reputation as the industry's premier learning and networking event, the conference will address issues directly relating to Wall Street and Capitol Hill, as well as the global market. Delegates will learn from one another and from the experts regarding innovative solutions being put into place to counteract the negatives and promote any positives of the many unprecedented situations the global market, and more specifically the US market, has had to deal with in recent months.

  • Investors Look Ahead With Cautious Enthusiasm - 7 September 2009
  • With stocks see-sawing over the past two weeks and trading volumes being light, stock market traders are no doubt looking forward to the weeks ahead as fall campaigns for Congress get underway. While the week ahead will see a range of economic reports being released, including readings on weekly jobless claims and consumer sentiment, President Obama’s speech to the nation scheduled for Wednesday night with address an issue which affects both Wall Street and Main Street – that of health care reform.

  • Barriers to Entry - 4 September 2009
  • Monopolies, oligopolies and duopolies often come about and are maintained in industrialized countries by means of a situation referred to as “barriers to entry”. These are obstacles facing a company trying to enter an industry, market or trade sector, where well-established companies have by tacit agreement closed ranks making it difficult, if not impossible, for newcomers to enter, and thereby restricting competition.

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