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What Happened In The Stock Market Nov. 7th-11th

Stock Market Report Period November 7-11, 2011
Over the last few weeks the stock market has been having quite a roller coaster ride. Activities have been pinned pretty much on the economic and political uncertainty in Europe. The situation in Greece and Italy has had a major impact on investing habits across the globe. Despite the ups and down during the past week, the stock market ended on a rise on Friday.

US Stock Market Activities for the Period
Friday saw the NY Stock Exchange having some positive gains with a few exceptions. The three main indicators, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq and Standard & Poor (S&P) moved up by minute fractions, but any increase is a good sign no matter so small. The gains, according to CNN Money and the New York Times at close of business on Friday, November 11 were as follows:
1. Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed the day at 11,893.86 points moving up by 112 points or a mere one percent.
2. Nasdaq Composite Index didn’t fare much better inching up by .1 percent to close at 2, 625,15.
3. Standard & Poor 500 (S&P 500) ended the day with 1,239.70 points, a 0.9 percent increase.
Only two of the companies that make up the 30 components in the Dow Jones ended the week with a negative movement, namely Bank of America and American Express Company.

Commodities Market and the European Debt Crisis
As can be expected, the debt crisis in Europe is affecting other key areas of economic markers worldwide. As the crisis seems to be on the verge of settling down, crude oil prices have started to inch upwards. The New York Mercantile Exchange shows crude oil prices closing the day (11/11/11) at $98.99 per barrel, an increase of $1.21. This increase may continue if the overall outlook for economic growth begins to improve globally.
On the US front, soybeans prices rose and corn prices fell. The increase in soybeans resulted from lower than expected production resulting from adverse conditions such as drought. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, only 82.9 metric tons of soybeans will be produced; which represents roughly 8.5 percent lower than expected production figures for the period.
Livestock farmers move towards using wheat as feed has negatively impacted the price of corn. Corn prices fell to $6.39 per bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) as corn futures fell 1.1 percent for December delivery according Bloomberg News.

Job Market Report Shows Slight Improvement
Reports reveal that there were fewer requests for unemployment benefits during the week under review. The Labor Department statistics for the week of October 29 showed claims for the period fell from 406,000 the week prior to 397,000 during the first week of November. This small change may be an indication that the job market maybe be improving, albeit slowly. This has been the lowest figures for unemployment claims for over a month.
While not meeting the 95,000 new non-agricultural jobs predicted by economists polled by Reuters, there was an increase of 80,000 jobs during October. Most of the new jobs were in the education, health, leisure and hospitality sectors. This increase has not done much to improve unemployment rates, which have inched down by one percent to close at 9 percent over September. Another factor to keep in mind is that the government sector is cutting jobs while the private sector is making modest employment gains.
All eyes will be on the market when it opens on Monday, November 14, to see whether the yo-yoing status will continue or whether there will be more positive gains. Most players in the market will be keyed into the activities on the Italian front as three billion Euro five-year bonds will be auctioned.

© 2011 Beating The Stock Market

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U.S. Stock Market Report Period October 3-7, 2011

The last three months have been quite a ride where the international stock market is concerned. Interestingly, the first week of October ended on an optimistic note with stocks trending upwards. This increasing confidence by investors was no doubt caused by strong belief that European banks will be recapitalized.
Stock Market Activities – First Week of October
Most tech stocks showed an increase in the past week with the exception of Apple. The 0.023 percent decline saw Apple’s share closing at $377.37 after losing 88 cents in response to the death of founder, Steve Jobs. Gains of between 1.74 percent and 4.99 percent were recorded by top tech companies during the period. These included Google – 1.98 percent; Microsoft – 1.74 percent; Oracle – 1.90 percent and Nvidia Corporation – 3.97 percent and Hewlett-Packard (HP) – 4.99 percent.
The three main indicators, Dow Jones, Nasdaq and S&P all showed gains as follows:
1. Dow Jones Industrial Averages moved to 11,123.33 after gaining 183.38 points
2. Nasdaq moved to 2,506.82 points after gaining 46.31 points, and
3. Standard & Poor (S&P) moved up to 1,164.97 after a gain of 20.94

Job Reports for US Companies for October 1-7, 2011
All eyes continue to be on figures dealing with the unemployment rates. The number of new job created is a strong indicator of economic activity and potential growth. Projections for new jobs in September were 75, 000 but initial reports at the end of the month showed a decent increase in non-farm payroll workers of 103,000. Included in this number, however, are 45,000 telecommunication workers from Verizon who were on strike for two weeks. Despite this addition of jobs by US-based companies, the number of unemployed making claims increased by 6000 between the last week of September and the first week of October. The new jobless claim figure now stands at 401,000 which is still slightly below the projected figures of 410,000. The unemployment rate for the past three months remains at 9.1 percent.
European Debt Crisis Containment
The debt crisis in Europe is causing more than simple ripples in the stock and commodities markets. The European Central Bank is depending on two main strategies to keep the region from buckling under the current debt crisis. One is keeping interest rates at the current level despite the fact that this move may cause a slowdown in economic activity. On Thursday the European Central bank also opened an emergency loan facility for banks to help tide them over during the existing crisis. These loans will run from 12 to 13 months and will be unlimited to help banks avoid the issue of limited liquidity.
In an effort to bolster the UK economy, the Bank of England has already put a substantial US$423 billion (£275 billion) into the economy. Japan is also planning to pump lots of money into their economy if the European debt crisis explodes and starts derailing the global economy.
Commodities Market Responds Positively to European Banking News
With hopes high after the European Commission asked European banks to recapitalize and the expectation that they will do so, the commodities market is showing growth. One commodity in which this growth is evident is coffee beans. Reports online indicate that consumers may have to pay more for that caffeine buzz as prices start to show a positive upward trend after a period of negative growth. Oil prices have also responded positively to the US job report and the news out of Europe. West Texas Intermediate or light sweet crude is showing an increase for November from $80.65 to $82.82 based on information from the New York Mercantile Exchange.
When the market opens next week no one knows what will happen, but all eyes will once again be on activities in Europe. A worsening debt crisis there will negatively impact the financial sector in the USA and across the globe.

© 2011 Beating The Stock Market

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What’s Happening On Wall Street.

US Stock Market Report for the Period July 25 – August 1, 2011
Over the last week, the continuing debt discussions have had a major impact not only on US stocks, but also at the international level as well. Stock markets activities were cautious at best as the world waited on a debt deal to be finalized. The month ended with news that a deal had been reached which resulted in stocks rising in the US and international markets. The immediate increases following the deal were tempered by cautious selling as the full impact of the deal is not yet known.

At the start of business on August 1, traders were cautiously optimistic. Figures for the main markets started higher than Friday, but began showing slight decreases later in the day. The Dow Jones Industrial average was down to 12,063.77, a fall of 79.47 points, while Standard & Poor dropped 10.70 points to 1,281.58. The Nasdaq also fell a bit by 16.75 points to 2,739.63.
The week of August 1 to 6 will no doubt be an important one as it relates to the global as well as US stock market. This period will see the real reaction to the debt deal as markets adjust to the perceived impact for the immediate future. By the end of the week hopefully the Senate and the House of Representatives would have signed off on the package.

Impact of GDP on Stock Market Performance
As if the threat of the US losing its triple A rating was not enough, the stock market also took a hit due to poor GDP (gross domestic product) data. The projected increase for the 2nd quarter was a modest 1.6 percent, but in actuality there was only a 1.3 percent increase according to figures from the Commerce Department. This modest figure has dampened projections since GDP is used to track economic growth.

Moody’s Reports Cash Hoarding
There have been reports of cash hoarding among some companies in response to the instability in the market. Moody’s has revealed that between 2009 to the end of 2010, there was an 11 percent increase in cash held by companies. The report indicates that as much as $1.24 trillion dollars is being held. Over a half of this money is invested or banked in foreign countries to be used for various purposes.
Senior vice president of Moody’s, Steve Oman stated that among the reasons for these holdings are investments in operations the companies have overseas, acquiring overseas interest and to benefit from overseas tax breaks, which they then repatriate to the US. Overall, the combination of the poor GDP figures and the debt ceiling crisis has placed the US stock market in the worst position it has been in for over a year.

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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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Investments

I’ve been looking at the different industries and investment vehicles that are out there for the average investors. Depending on which types of investments out there, it may or may not be the time to invest. How can one know if an investment is right? Taking your time and doing the research to find out if it will be a profitable one or not. The housing market, the stock market or any other investment you have to choose from can be profitable, but unless you look at the real numbers and study everything there is to know about the investment prior to putting your money into it, you can lose most (if not all) of your capitol.

Yes housing prices are way down from their peak in 2006-2007, but that doesn’t mean that all housing prices are right for the picking. You need to look at the condition as well as the area the house is in. In some part of the country, housing prices may never reach the prices of just a few years ago.

What about the stock market? I don’t trust the stock market at this time since there is no reason for the DOW to be at where it is at the moment. Every month poor reports are being released (consumer confidence, unemployment and retail sales) and the stock market seem to either gains or holds it’s ground. We are in a terrible economic time and to think that the stock market will continue to hold is risky. The economic current events look pretty scary. If you’re looking to invest in the stock market, make sure you do your research into the company before you buy any shares. It’s the only way to know what stocks to buy now.

In my opinion, gold is the answer right now. I don’t mean stocks that trade off of stocks, I’m referring to actual gold. Gold as always retained it’s value or has gone up during trouble times like these. So when you invest, invest wisely.

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Is Now The Time To Invest?

During the last two years (2008-2010) we’ve seen the stock market as well as the housing market and financial institutions go through a very rough period of correction. Now in the second half of 2010, average investors are wondering if they should start investing again. Well it depends on what you’re going to invest in.

We are no where at there bottom or the worse of it yet, but at the same time I’m looking at many different investments I may want to get in on. I will say though that the stock market is not one of them at this time. In my opinion, there is no reason for the DOW to be over 10,000 and I do expect it to come back down below 9000. When I do not know, but it will be there in due time.

What about precious metals? There is only a limited amount of gold in this world and it’s one of the few things that will retain it’s value (if not go up) in our present economic condition. I’ve been building a portfolio of just different precious metals. If you’re looking to buy gold make sure you are buying actual gold pieces and not some paper stock that trades off of gold. Between the two, only actual gold will be worth anything when and if our economy crashes.

As for the housing industry, I suggest you take your time and look for solid and profitable deals. The housing market will not turn around any time soon so you will have plenty of time to find the right one for you. We will see foreclosures going on for years to come so prices will stay in the general area if not come down even more. As an investor, you will need to look at properties that will return to good value in five to eight years from now. The days of flipping houses are on hold and will be that way for some time.

Stay away from investing in any financial institution since they are still not sure of what will happen in time with all the government regulations that will be coming down the line. So is it time to start investing? Yes if you take your time and study what it is you want to invest in.

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Joel Greenblatt Knows How to Invest In the Future

Joel Greenblatt’s most recent book, “Magic Formula Investing” deals with the basic philosophy of buying stocks from high earning companies cheaply that will then yield high returns on your investment. There exist only one Magic Formula Fund which is reporting recording stocks as of this day .


This idea follows  the launch of his online money management company, Formula Investing, last  October, in which he offers clients “a unique stock screening system, and a disciplined approach to managing portfolios of high value stock” for them. He is also the author of “The Little Book That Beats The Market”, which was on the NY Times bestseller list, as well as “You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits”, published back in 1997.


Born in Great Neck on the north shore of Long Island on December 13, 1957, Greenblatt, served as the former chairman of Alliant Techsystems, and is the founder of  the New York Securities Auction Corp. He also began Gotham Captial, a hedge fund backed by Michael Milken (the infamous “junk bond king”) in 1985.
In addition to his devotion to investing on Wall Street, Joel Greenblatt firmly believes in investing his own money in New York City’s educational system, particularly those schools catering to minority students.


Not only did he gift $2.5 million to the Ozone Park, NY elementary school PS 65Q, whose student body is primarily made up of kids from South Asian and South American immigrant families, but he also held found a charter school in Manhattan known as the “Harlem Success Academy” in 2006. Both schools continue to receive his support and have merited high marks for their growing academic achievements. In addition, Greenblatt serves on the board for the Institute for Student Achievement, which works to develop small senior high schools out of  larger ones in order to raise the standard of education in communities across the country.

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All About Global Macro Trading

The global macro trading system can work effectively for every trader. If you have an already established system that works for you, why not expand it to participate in global macro trading?


If you have already been an established day trader, have you considered gravitating into a market that has more options such as the entire planet? Similar to a doctor attempting to diagnose an ailment, you have to search and then search once again to reach the end result. At times, the doctor will prescribe medications that just don’t seem to work, and you go back to the doctor to try something different. Well, it is no different in the stock market. You may think you are on track and it fails, so you attempt something different up until you find something that works.

If you are a stock trader, you understand this methodology. You have your system tweaked to the point where you know how to check your price to earnings and then price to book. You also look at the return you will receive on your equity, right? The better the system you have built, the better protection you have in the market thus improving your risk to rewards. The stock market is not an easy business. Sometimes it becomes a matter of trial and error. Eventually, we are fortunate and then other times, we tend to lose. The more educated you are the better a risk to reward you will have.


The global macro trading market provides an edge as it is worldwide, which means you can trade any instrument using the strategy you have developed globally. That means your chances of locating the best investment are greater. This market has really made a tremendous comeback compared to the last couple of years of trading. This is because a lot of people were trading long and leveraged. The macro traders however were shorting housing and financials then going long and doing some real interesting trading in short treasuries and dabbling in the commodities market.


What this really means is the global macro trading market provides a lot of options to test a variety of strategies. So if you set up your strategies to build on a model that you wish to invest, in you could be a real winner. This is a specialized market and the person who is new to stock trading might want to educate themselves before becoming active. If you are an active day trader that utilizes the same stocks day in and day out, you might not have an interest in global macro trading. However, anyone else that wants a variety and has a need to venture into a new market with a high variety, then global macro trading might be for you.

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What Exactly are Penny Stocks?

Before even thinking of buying penny stocks it’s probably a good idea to understand what they are and how they’re viewed by the investing world. Three basic categories of penny stocks are used to define the actual words. Each one has a separate meaning with entirely different investment potential, risk ratios, and trading strategies. You might already know one of these meanings, however if you are doing research or talking about trading with another trader, you need to be careful because the information could be referring to an entirely separate meaning. Therefore, you must understand each meaning in order to make sure everyone is talking about the same one.


True Share Value – When people who do not know much about investing hear “penny stock” this is what they assume is the meaning. This is when a penny stock is valued under a dollar. Usually people believe that the stock is only valued at one cent. This meaning is not used very often in publications, probably due to the fact that it makes perfect sense. If a trader is speaking of a stock that is traded on a major market, such as the NYSE, then it is typically worth no more than $5.00 for each share.


The Stock Market Exchange – On occasion, and in particular with penny stock brokers, the meaning of penny stocks is derived from the market on which the stock is traded. The most prevalent penny stock exchange is Over the Counter, or the pink sheets. Basically, this means that the stock is not qualified to be on one of the more conventional markets. Pink sheets have started to examine penny stocks to make sure they meet their requirements for their exclusive penny stock market.


Market Capitalization – This is the final category of a penny stock and it is based on the company’s value. Usually, the companies have to be worth under $100 million dollars. The essential aspect is the company’s size, rather than the actual value and the price of each penny stock share.

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