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  • Fed Interest Rate Policy Boosts Markets - 18 September 2014
  • Major indexes on Wall Street responded positively Wednesday to indications from the Federal Reserve that it intends to keep its near-zero short-term interest rate for a while still. The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day up 24.88 points (0.2 percent) at 17,156.85, being a record high for the year, while the S&P 500 climbed 2.59 points (0.1 percent) to 2,001.57, a figure just short of its September 5 high of 2,007.71. The Nasdaq composite gained 9.43 points (0.2 percent) to close at 4,562.19.

  • Wall Street Likely to Remain Volatile This Week - 15 August 2011
  • With all eyes on the seesawing Dow Jones industrial average and other top indices throughout last week, investors are becoming increasingly anxious about stock market volatility, and word is that the coming week is not likely to be much better as Wall Street continues to do battle with waves of uncertainty caused by S&P's downgrade of the US economy from AAA to AA+, despite the fact that AA+ is still considered to be a good rating. Problems in Europe, including the possible downgrading of France's credit rating and the question of whether the Eurozone and the Euro, recently considered to be overshadowing the US Dollar as a trading currency, will survive the turmoil, along with concerns over the stagnant US job market, has investors being extremely cautious as they search for a glimmer of positivity and an indication as to which way to go. Investor uncertainty was reflected in the Wall Street fear index, the VIX, which climbed to a level last seen in early 2009.

  • November Hits the Ground Running - 1 November 2010
  • US stock markets traders have some interesting challenges to deal with as we head into a new week, and the second last month of a year that seems to be passing faster than the speed of light. With mid-term election results due on Wednesday, speculation is high as to whether Republicans may take control of either one or both chambers of Congress – House of Representatives and the Senate - and if so, what that would mean to the pace of US economic recovery and the possible effect on markets. There are concerns that if the Republicans take the House and the Democrats retain control of the Senate, valuable time, energy and resources may be lost in needless confrontation. It is common knowledge that Wall Street is rooting for a Republican victory in the elections, with many investors hopeful that the change will be a boost to business and the market.

  • Markets Respond to Tax Concessions, Job Creation Proposals - 9 September 2010
  • Many consider the $350 billion job creation/recovery proposal offered by President Barack Obama as being 'too little, too late', nonetheless stocks were boosted by his speech outlining the plan as investors grabbed onto some hope for an increase in the pace of economic recovery - despite the Federal Reserve's observation that the economy is once again slowing down. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to 10,387 (46 points/.045 percent), with the Standard & Poor's 500 closing at 1,099 (7 points/0.6 percent) and the Nasdaq Composite ending Wednesday at 2,229 (20 points/0.9 percent).

  • Personal Savings; Bank Failures; Week Ahead on Wall Street - 29 June 2009
  • Both the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 slipped on Friday ending on a low for the second week running, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite managed to notch up a small gain for the week. The rally which had been spurred on by speculation that the U.S. economy is beginning to stabilize, was pushed off track by recent economic reports indicating the road to recovery may still be some way off. A Commerce Department report released on Friday revealed that personal income had surged, however, savings had done the same. This is seen as a sign that investors are choosing to sit out the recession, rather than to spend at the present time. Savings in relation to income rose from 5.6 percent in April to 6.9 percent in May. Bearing in mind that economic growth is largely dependent on consumer spending, economist see the mounting personal savings rate as a cause of concern.

  • Wall Street Recoups 2009 Losses, Looks to Week Ahead - 15 June 2009
  • Following a day of ebb and flow on Wall Street, stock closed mixed on Friday with the Dow Jones industrial Average wiping out this year’s losses, ending the week at 8,799.41, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite fell to 1,858.80 and the Standard & Poor’s 500, a broad-market based index, crept up to close at 946.19. Trading volumes were sparse as the week drew to a close, which many view to be typical of summer trading and no cause for concern. Stock market investors appeared to be unaffected by the consumer sentiment index compiled by the University of Michigan, which showed a gain in June to be somewhat below market expectations, indicating that consumer optimism with regard to improved economic data has been dampened by concerns over inflation and the possible impact of higher interest rates.

  • Manufacturing Data Boosts Markets Despite Impending GM Bankruptcy - 1 June 2009
  • All major stock market indexes gained more than 1 percent on Friday, ending the week, and the month, on a high and clinching a third month in a row rally on Wall Street. Ahead of markets opening on Monday the Dow Jones industrial average futures rose 1.4 percent, or 121 points, to 8,609, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index futures rose 1.7 percent, or 15.30 points to 933.40, and Nasdaq 100 index futures climbed 1.4 percent, or 20 points, to 1,455.50. This surge of optimism appears to be as a result of encouraging survey data on manufacturing industries in Europe and Asia, fuelling hopes that the global economy may be turning around and heading toward recovery. Investors anticipate a similarly encouraging survey on the United States manufacturing industry to be released late Monday morning. Although analysts are forecasting the Institute for Supply Management's purchasing managers' index to rise to 42.0 from the 40.1 reported in April, which is still considered to be a contraction, the European and Asian reports have given investors hope that Monday’s report will be better than forecast.

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