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  • Markets Boosted by Fed's Interest Rate Stance - 10 April 2014
  • Markets responded positively Wednesday to minutes of the Federal Reserve's recent policy meeting which revealed that the central bank aims to keep interest rates low. This came as somewhat of a surprise to many investors and served to boost fragile investor sentiment. All three of Wall Street's major stock indexes closed the day up more than 1 percent, with eight of the ten Standard & Poor's 500 stock index sectors closing higher. The S&P 500 rose 20.22 points (1.1 percent) to close at 1,872.18, while the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 181.04 points (1.1 percent) to close at 16,437.18. The Nasdaq composite index increased by 70.91 points (1.7 percent) to close at 4,183.90. The day's biggest increases were among biotechnology and internet stocks.

  • Second Quarter Results Boost Facebook Shares - 25 July 2013
  • Facebook continues to redeem itself with investors after its much-publicized, debated and, some might say disastrous, IPO in May 2012. The company's second quarter results reveal that Facebook continues to increase its overall user base, with its mobile users increasing by 51 percent over the last year. It's this market that Facebook has been focusing on for advertising, clearly with much success. Of Facebook's $1.81 billion in revenue, $1.6 billion came from advertising, being an increase of 61 percent from last year. Up to 41 percent of the advertising revenue came from mobile devices. The balance of the revenue was derived from payments (most notably game payments) and other fees. Facebook shares climbed by 19 percent in afterhours trading on Wednesday night, closing at $31.81, which is still below the May 2012 price of $35.

  • GM Moves Ahead With IPO Plans - 19 August 2010
  • It was thirteen months ago that the U.S. government rescued General Motors from bankruptcy and landed up owning around 61 percent of the company in return for financial assistance to the tune of $50 billion. And now, despite the weak IPO market and a less than inspiring track record, GM is set to offer shares to the public once again in an effort to pay off their debt and reclaim full ownership of a company that was once part of the portfolio of many serious investors. But opinion is divided as to whether they will be able to rise to those prominent levels again, with the most obvious question being whether investors will give the automaker another chance.

  • Closed-end and Open-end Funds - 2 April 2010
  • Closed-end and open-end funds are both forms of collective investment schemes. In the case of a closed-end fund a set number of shares exist, new shares are not generally issued after the fund is launched, and shares may not be redeemed until the fund liquidates. Should an investor wish to buy shares in a closed-end fund, this would have to be done on a secondary market from another investor, broker, or market maker and not from the fund itself, whereas an open-end fund creates new shares and redeems shares as part of its day-to-day business.

  • Wall Street Dealt a Blow by Dismal Retail Results - 14 may 2009
  • Dismal retail results and rising foreclosure numbers dealt Wall Street a blow on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ending the day down 2.18 percent, the Standard & Poor’s 500 losing 2.69 percent and the Nasdaq Composite dropping 3.01 percent. The next two days will determine whether the markets will recover sufficiently to end the week on a positive note. Having rallied since hitting an early March low, Wall Street traders were optimistic that the rally would be extended into this week. This optimism was based on a string of economic reports that exceeded expectations, as well as indications that some of the nation’s largest banks may be turning around and have weathered the financial crisis storm.

  • Citigroup Seeks Ways To Weather Global Financial Storm - 21 November 2008
  • Despite a vote of confidence from its biggest single investor, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Citigroup’s shares and market value continue to decline. Citigroup’s market value dropped to $25.7 billion on Thursday, and when taking into account that in the not too distant past its market value exceeded $270 billion, it appears that investor’s have some valid reservations about investing in the embattled bank. Nevertheless, on Thursday the Prince stated that he believes Citigroup’s shares are “dramatically undervalued”, and he plans to increase his less than 4 percent stake in Citigroup, to 5 percent.

  • Dividend-Paying Stocks May Balance Out Investor Portfolios in Volatile Market - 8 September 2008
  • At one time considered to be an integral aspect of an investor’s portfolio, stock dividends have taken a back seat in recent years as investors turned to shares that offered greater capital appreciation. The current volatile market, however, has highlighted the value of including dividend-paying stocks in a balanced portfolio. This is especially true in light of the fact that the benchmark for the U.S. market, Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, has in effect delivered flat returns since 2000.

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