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Another Wild Ride On Wall Street

The day started like any other recent trading this month. The DOW opened flat and from there went on a slide which brought it down 116 points within the first ninety minutes of trading. The confidence in the economy has really put a lot of pressure on the strength of wall street. The DOW is heading for another losing week (7 out of the last 8). I not surprised since the economic data isn’t really looking so bright.

The S&P 500 is down 8% since it’s recent high even with all the bad news coming out. Today the S&P 500 is looking at a possible third day in a row for loses. It has shown to be able to hold on to some sort of strength through it all. Typically I would be getting ready for a decent rally in the markets, but this time I’m not too sure.

What about NASDAQ? well there have been quite a few disappointing numbers coming out from the tech sector, including Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) who has posted it’s less-than-expected quarter results. The street was expecting to see $0.16 on sales of $2.36 billion, but Micron has a $0.07 per share on $2.14 billion. Because of the poor performance, Micron Technology is down 13% for the day so far. What about Oracle? Oracle Corp. (NASDAQ:ORCL) even with it’s better than expected quarter, they are down over 4% for the day. Many analyst were expecting the technology sector to lead the markets out of the latest pullback, but it doesn’t look like it will be the case.

The gold and silver trading prices have fallen in the last two days because a stronger dollar, as well as the dollar being stronger against the Euro. Crude oil prices for today again dropped after oil took a nose dive yesterday after the news came out the there the International Energy Agency (IEU) would be releasing 60 million barrels of oil. Half of which is actually coming from the the strategical reserve of the United States.
My thoughts behind this move is that it’s a political/economic one to help the economy stay some what afloat. Seeing that oil prices is important when dealing with the economy since it will cause food and other prices to go up as well. We are looking at the beginning of inflation (if not already) and if fuel costs were to go up now, it would happen over night. Considering that in just the last year, when President Obama was asked about releasing some of the strategic reserve, his comment was some where along the way of saying…It would not be in our best interest to do it at this time, if ever.
Commodities prices have fallen across the board which is opposite when oil prices fall. So tell me what you think if you think I need to be corrected.
Be careful and happy trading.

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Commodities: A Gift To My Children

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m expecting to see the stock market take another plunge. So where are we to invest? Commodities, that’s where. Commodities like gold, silver other precious metals, oil, natural gas corn and sugar can not be printed in a few minutes or hours. It can not be manipulated as easily as any government currency. The Federal Reserve is printing money like they’re Kinko’s or something.

I’ve been building up a nest egg of commodities for sometime. It’s not something I’m doing because of the current situation of the U.S. economy (actually I’m am buying more than I’ve done in the past), I’m doing it for my children. My daughters are teenagers and soon enough they’ll be on their own looking to make it in this world. who knows what the world currency is going to look like in just a few short years. If the United States doesn’t do something now to solidify their financial sovereignty, who knows how things will be. Right now oil is traded in U.S. dollars and China and the United Emirates are discussing reducing their holdings in U.S. dollars and not using the dollar has a the way to trade oil.

So what should you be buying? Gold and silver are the best things at this moment that average investors could and should be investing in. Gold is trading this morning at $1,518 an ounce and silver is trading at $34.74 an ounce. I know you’ve heard the advertisments, seen the ads and listened to the stock news programs stating that we should be buying gold and silver. So have you been buying gold and silver? If you haven’t, remove your head from your butt and do so. Yes gold was trading at less than $1200 on ounce last year and silver was going for about $12 an ounce, but they’re going to be much higher next year so don’t waste time.

There’s a new book out from a man who retired at the age of 37 after making his money the old fashion way…he earned it. Jim Rogers worked as a young kid and a teenager, to investing his money in the markets. His new book, ‘A Gift to My Children A Father’s Lessons for Life and Investing’ helps us prepare our children for the trouble times that are coming in the near and the distant future. Jim discusses the troubled times ahead for the U.S. dollar, he actually believes it’s “doomed”. The book is a great source for teaching our children about investing and other life lessons they’ll need to survive in this world.

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I’ve been showing my girls how to trade stocks, look into real estate investments and investing in precious metals. This book helps to bring the message home about how important it is for parents to teach their children how to prepare for the future. I feel that too many of the younger generation is not aware of how to be financially savvy. Especially since the public school system doesn’t have time to teach the students how to balance a checkbook, nevermind invest in themselves.

So pick up Jim Rogers’ book ‘A Gift to My Children A Father’s Lessons for Life and Investing’ at Amazon or any bookstore. You won’t be disappointed.

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So Where’s The Recovery?

Wall Street took a beating this week and from what I can see, it will only continue when the stock market opens on Monday. So where’s the recovery?

Let’s look how well the employment numbers looked for the month of May. According to the report, only 54,000 jobs were added to the private sector during the same period. The bad part about that is that for the employment rate to hold steady, it must add 150,000 jobs each month just to keep up with the population growth in the U.S. So obviously, there’s no recovery in the job market.

How about the housing market? Well from what I’ve seen coming out over this past week, it also doesn’t look good at all. In some areas of the United States, home prices have fallen to the levels of 2002. In other areas like Las Vagas, the home prices have fallen to the levels of 1999. Many feel that the average home price will continue to drop for the remainder of this year. So I guess we can rule out that industry for showing signs of recovery.

So why is it that the stock market has been climbing since it’s bottom back in March of 2009. We’ll I feel that there was some companies that had solid fundementals and balanced sheet to continue to grow in the trouble economy. Remember that the indicies really only show the strength of the markets, not necessarily the strength of the economy. Of course many investors and traders were not completely wiped out financially and were willing to keep buying and selling.

How long can this keep up? In my opinion, not for long. Congress isn’t doing what they need to do and the present Administration is spending like a drunken sailor (I know that’s not fair to say about drunken sailors since drunken sailors spend their own money). It was reported this week that if a decision isn’t made to raise the debt ceiling, Moody’s has stated that they will decide on how they are going to re-evaluate America’s credit rating. Figuring that both the democrats and the republicans can not agree on anything, we’re going to lose our current rating and that will send this country into an inflation tailspin.

So if you’re thinking of trading in the stock market, tread carefully and be aware of the day by day issues going on in Washington as well as on Wall Street.

Happy trading.

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March Madness On Wall Street

Over the past two years the DOW has gained 95% since it hit it’s bottom of 6,547. Overall the markets as well as the outlook on the economy has improved greatly, but have we really stabilized the decay which was known as the housing market crash?

In the last month the DOW gained 1% and nearly 5% since the new year. Unfortunately I feel we’ve haven’t really solved any of the problems in our economy or in Washington. Congress is out claiming to cut the deficit and balance the budget. If the government was a corporation that was traded on the stock exchange, I wouldn’t even think of investing in it. Before I invest into a company, I look at their statements, earnings report, listen to their conference calls. I dissect the entire company’s financial so I know what I’m buying into. The U.S. government is running in the red and has pretty much tapped out on any more borrowing. Soon Moody’s is going to lower the country’s rating.

In the meantime Wall Street is going on like the world is financially sound and everything is going to be OK. Even though the unemployment rate has dropped to 8.9%, it doesn’t mean that more people are back at work. What it means is the the people who were collecting unemployment over the past 26+ weeks (in many cases, 99 weeks) are no longer on the register since they’ve exhausted all their benefits.

Look what’s happening in the United States over the past two weeks. Oil is now at $104 per barrel and the average price of gas has gone up over $0.30+ per gallon. At the time of this writing, the average price per gallon is $3.47. With the price of gas rising, in turn the price of food, services as well as any other product has also gone up.
Look at the price of gold today. At the moment the price of gold is $1428.00 per oz. Which also makes me think about how weak the American dollar has become over the same time period.

Well since March is here, let’s see if it comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb. I believe that this month is going to be one to remember and I don’t mean that because of good things coming down the pike. If you’re one of the ones who think that this trouble is all behind us, well then go ahead and buy all the stocks your can, but if one of the many who are thinking like me, then you should be buying gold and trade some foreign currency since our dollar is weakening as we speak.
Either way…Happy trading.

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