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  • Traders Optimistic About Proposed U.S. Bank Rescue and Economy Stimulus Programs - 9 February 2009
  • During a week which presented one wave of bad news after the other, Wall Street rallied and ended up with the Dow Jones industrial average closing on Friday at 8,280.59, the Nasdaq composite index at 1,591.71 and the S&P500 index at 868.60, reflecting increases of 2.7 percent, 2.94 percent and 2.69 percent respectively. The general consensus is that the increase which took place despite all the negativity in the market can be mainly attributed to optimism on behalf of stock market traders with regard to a bank rescue program to be unveiled by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner this week, possibly as early as Monday.

  • TARP Revisited as Banking Sector Battles and US Economy Continues to Weaken - 19 January 2009
  • Following a volatile week on Wall Street, and with the inauguration of Barack Obama as the new President of the United States right on the doorstep, analysts and investors are watching with great interest to see how the new administration will handle the distribution of the remaining $350 billion of the $700 billion set aside for TARP – the Troubled Assets Relief Program. The scheme has already been somewhat controversial with critics highlighting the fact that the $350 billion already spent has not actually been used to buy troubled assets. However, with the US government’s rescue efforts being undermined by the deepening financial crisis, federal officials are reportedly revisiting the original bailout plan, that of taking toxic assets off the balance sheets of embattled financial institutions, with the view to breathing some life back into the ailing credit market.

  • Investors Anxious for “Big Three” Decision in Last Full Week of 2008 Trading - 15 December 2008
  • With Monday marking the start of the last full week of trading for 2008, U.S. stock market investors are likely to be focusing their attention on developments regarding Detroit’s Big Three automakers and the possibility of a central bank interest rate cut. They will also be considering earnings reports from influential companies such as Goldman Sachs and Oracle and reports on housing, consumer pricing and manufacturing.

  • Fed to Take Further Steps to Rescue Sinking Housing Markets - 5 December 2008
  • U.S. stocks took another tumble on Thursday with the major indexes each sliding more than 2.5 percent after a day of gains and losses. Investors have a host of concerns that are driving their buy and sell decisions, but the pervading sense of uncertainty won through in the end, with the session closing on a low. Executives from the Big Three automakers presented their case to a Senate panel on Thursday and will be speaking before the House panel on Friday in an effort to secure what they prefer to refer to as a “bridge loan” rather than a “bailout”. Oil prices dipping to an almost four-year low, a drop in gold and other metals, disconcerting unemployment figures, a dismal outlook on the housing market and gloomy retail reports all added to the late-in-the-day stock sell-off.

  • Markets Take a Tumble as NBER Confirms U.S. in Recession - 2 December 2008
  • Any hopes for a continued U.S. stock market rally were dashed on Monday when the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) announced that the nation is officially in a recession. Markets responded to the news with an accelerated sell-off, spurred on by investor panic. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 680 points, or 7.7 percent. Since the beginning of 2008 the Dow is down 38.6 percent, and since its record close of 14164.53 on 9 October 2007, the Dow has lost 42.5 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 8.9 percent on Monday, while the Nasdaq composite index lost 9 percent.

  • Investors View Market Rally with Cautious Optimism - 27 November 2008
  • While months of market volatility have taken a toll on stock market players, there is an air of cautious optimism that the market rally being experienced at present will continue, at least in the short term. Following President-elect Barack Obama’s pledge that on his first day in office he would have a plan to deal with the U.S. economic crisis, early session losses on Thursday were reversed. While gathering his economic team, which has met with approval from many quarters, Obama reassured the nation that “help is on the way”.

  • U.S. Markets in Anticipation of Obama-Administration Economic Team Announcement - 24 November 2008
  • At the end of a week of volatility, reflecting the many uncertainties and unanswered questions facing investors, U.S. stock markets rallied during Friday’s trading and while not entirely regaining the losses of the week, at least minimized those losses to some extent. Many believe that the rally in the market can be attributed primarily to the rumors and speculation with regard to who will be making up the Obama administration’s economic team. The President-elect is scheduled to introduce this team to the nation on Monday afternoon, and analysts are hopeful that with the new administration starting to take shape, it will have a confidence boosting effect on investors, and U.S. citizens as whole.

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