Stock Market – 1st Week of July 2011

The week ending July 1, saw the US stock market showing its best performance over the last two years. In fact, the DOW rose to a fairly decent 648 points. The showing for last week was partly attributed to steps by Greece to deal with the country’s financial crisis. Some industry experts also believe that the slight flickers of hope from the US manufacturing sector also helped. So far, this week seems to be maintaining the momentum, with reports that the DOW Jones and S&P have had a 5-day winning streak.

The DOW overcame slight hiccups earlier in the week to end on a rising note, registering 12,626.02 or a 56.12 point rise at the end of trading on Wednesday, July 6. There were increases on the other main indicators as well, with the Nasdaq rising by 8.25 points moving to 2, 834.02 and the S&P advancing by 1.34 to 1,339.22.
The weak service sector job market is partially responsible for the slower market this week. Interestingly, while showing slower than anticipated job growth, the service sector also registered 19 straight months of job growth in the sector.

US Stock Futures Continue to Fall
The activity of the leading international markets continues to have a negative impact on US stock market futures. The downgrading of Portugal’s debt rating to ‘junk status’ by Moody’s lead to lower European stock markets. The continuing financial tremors in Europe are having a less than desirable effect on other stock markets globally. The downgrading of Portugal’s debt rating resulted in Asian markets closing the day with mixed trading.

With China set to increase its interest rates by a quarter point there will be a negative impact on the market. There are expectations that the hike which is due to the country’s high inflation rate, is expected to happen by the end of the week at least.

With trading taking a day off due to the 4th of July celebrations, the reduced activities also helped to lower the stock market futures. Reports indicate that the DOW Industrial Average futures dropped 54 points, the Nasdaq 100 was down by 8.75 points and Standard & Poor’s 500 also fell 8 points. Investors the world over are being cautious as they watch to see what will happen in the Eurozone as well as in China.

Slowing Stock Market Derailing Takeovers
The continuing snail’s pace of activity in the global stock market is negatively impacting takeovers. Between May and the end of June 2011, there was a 22 percent fall in the value of takeovers according to Bloomberg.

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