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  • NYSE Non-Compliance Notifications Issued - 25 August 2011
  • Wall Street investors are hopeful that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will provide some light at the end of the tunnel when he delivers his keynote speech at the annual Kansas City Federal Reserve retreat tomorrow, although analysts caution that expectations of further quantitative easing and other bailout-style measures are unlikely to be met. As double-dip fears continue, the ongoing woes in the US economy are impacting on stock market listed companies to the extent that many no longer meet the criteria for being listed on stock exchanges.

  • 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.

  • Big Three Bailout, Weak Economic News Sets Markets See-Sawing But Closing on a High - 4 December 2008
  • With a stream of bad news, tempered by tidbits of good news, flowing to stock markets and resulting in volatile intraday trading, U.S. stocks nevertheless closed slightly higher on Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 2 percent, Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 2.6 percent and the Nasdaq composite index closed 2.9 percent higher. While historically a stock rally despite bad news is one of the characteristics of the market bottoming out, analysts are divided as to whether this is the case, with some suggesting that it is, at the very least, an indication that the market is stabilizing.

  • New $800 Billion Bailout Initiative Aimed At Main Street Gives Investors New Hope - 26 November 2008
  • While many U.S. stock market players may have faced Tuesday with trepidation, thinking it unlikely that markets would experience gains for a third day in a row, the announcement by the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve that $800 billion will be injected into the struggling U.S. economy resulted in the session ending with most major indexes reflecting slight increases. The Dow Jones industrial average closed 0.4 percent up and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 0.7 percent, however, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.5 percent. The Dow may have gained 12.3 percent over the past three sessions, but remains down 36.1 percent for 2008.

  • Monday’s Stock Market Rally Seen as Endorsement of Obama’s Economic Team - 25 November 2008
  • Markets in the United States and around the world rallied on Monday, which many see as an endorsement of Barack Obama’s choice for his administration’s economic team. The additional government bailout package for banking giant Citibank also contributed to the spirit of optimism reflected in Monday’s stock market activity. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 4.9 percent, the Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 6.4 percent and the Nasdaq composite index rose by more than 6 percent. For the Dow and S&P 500, the two-day percentage gain was the biggest experienced since October 1987, while the point gain over the two trading days was the biggest ever.

  • Disappointing Commerce Department and Federal Reserve Reports Have Negative Impact On Markets - 16 October 2008
  • Wednesday’s performance on U.S. stock markets, and global markets for that matter, is likely to have squashed any feelings of optimism that Monday’s market rally may have brought about. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 7.9 percent to close at 8,577, while the Nasdaq composite index lost 8.5 percent, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 dropped 9 percent. This tale of woe was echoed throughout the world, with London and Paris markets dropping around 7 percent, the German DAX falling 6.49 percent, and Asian and Pacific stock markets all recording losses.

  • Markets Remain Apprehensive as U.S. Bailout Plan Rolls Out - 15 October 2008
  • Following the euphoria of Monday, U.S. markets drew back a little on Tuesday with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Nasdaq composite index all ending the trading day down by 0.8%, 0.5% and 3.5% respectively. While investors are hopeful that this is an indication of a return to some sort of normalcy, given the extreme volatility of markets in recent months, they may very well be hoping in vain.


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