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  • Eurozone Concerns Impact Negatively on Wall Street - 31 may 2012
  • With some analysts comparing the current volatility on Wall Street with that experience in 2008, there is no doubt that world-wide markets are reflecting investor uncertainty, mostly driven by the ongoing crisis in Europe. May has not been a good month for the Dow as it has already lost more than 6 percent and looks set to close the month on a low note, registering its first losing month since September 2011. Yesterday saw the Dow closing at 12,419.32, being down 1.3 percent (160.83 points), while the Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped 19.10 points to close at 1,313.32 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 33.63 points to end the day at 2,837.36. While the drop in the price of oil caused energy stocks to take the hardest hit, stocks in all major industries reacted negatively on Wednesday.

  • First Quarter Results, Europe Turmoil & Wall Street - 18 may 2012
  • Dragged down by disappointing corporate results and ongoing concerns over the political and financial turmoil in Greece, US stocks continued to reflect investor pessimism on Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the day down 33.45 points (0.26 percent) at 12,598.55, while the Nasdaq index dropped 19.72 points (0.68 percent) to close at 2,874.04, and the S&P 500 shed 5.86 points (0.44 percent) to end the day at 1,324.80. While morning trade on Wall Street included positive data regarding new home construction and industrial production, the news that the ECB has no plans to increase stimulus provisions to Greece at this time, coupled with fears of the ailing country being dismissed, or withdrawing from, the group of countries using the euro as currency, sent stocks on a downward spiral later in the day.

  • Jobs Market Continues to Sway Investors - 3 may 2012
  • Indications of a Wall Street rally at the beginning of May were short-lived as investors reacted negatively to troubling jobs reports in both the United States and Europe, despite a few encouraging signs relating to the US economy. Following the announcement by payroll processing company ADP that the US created fewer jobs in April when compared to March (119,000 and 201,000 respectively), the Dow Jones industrial average dropped by 87 points before ending the day at 13,268.57 points, being down 10.75 points. This was a sharp turnaround from the previous day when US manufacturing reports lifted the Dow to close at its highest point in over four years. The S&P 500 fell 3.51 points, closing at 1,402.31, while the Nasdaq ended the day up 9.41 points at 3,059.85

  • July 2014 Compliance for Volcker Rule - 20 April 2012
  • Named for former United States Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, the Volcker Rule forms part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, designed to prevent banks in the US from making speculative investments that would not be in the best interests of their customers. The Dodd-Frank Act stipulated a 2014 compliance deadline, but some of the law's fine print relating to the Volcker Rule appeared open to interpretation, prompting bank officials to request clarification from financial regulators. The clarification came yesterday in the form of an announcement that Wall Street need not comply immediately with the Volcker Rule banning banks from trading with their own money.

  • JOBS Act - Easing Regulations for Growth - 5 April 2012
  • Having passed the United States House of Representatives with bipartisan support on March 8 this year, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act – more commonly, and maybe aptly, referred to as the JOBS Act – is awaiting the signature of Barack Obama to pass it into law. The purpose of the Act is to ease various securities regulations, and thereby encourage the funding of small businesses in the United States. The President has already made known his readiness to sign the JOBS Act once it has been passed by both chambers, and analysts are reportedly studying the new legislation with a view to making use of any opportunities it may present to Wall Street investors.

  • FHFA to Bulk-Sell Foreclosed Homes - 22 March 2012
  • As home foreclosures continue and Americans are forced to find alternative housing, the rental market in major centers is reportedly taking strain in keeping up with the demand. This may very well be alleviated by the bulk sale of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-owned houses to investors-turned-landlords. It has been reported that among the high-profile investors showing an interesting in the bulk buying of foreclosed homes are OakTree Capital Management, Starwood Capital, Och-Ziff Capital Management, and TPG Capital.

  • Wall Street Indexes, Auto Industry, Housing Market at Year End - 29 December 2011
  • As 2011 draws to a close, Europe's debt problems remain in the spotlight for anxious Wall Street investors, resulting in stocks being down by more than one percent at close of business Wednesday. Trading volumes have been light in this last week of the year, and with few economic and corporate reports due it is doubtful that this light trading trend will change until the New Year. Analysts have noted that recent market movement is likely to have been influenced by investors taking stock of their investment portfolios and taking action to balance these in preparation for 2012.

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