Stock Markets

Ominous Omens Build for a Stock Market Crash

Stock market crashes destabilize economies and make investors leery. When they happen, a recessionary period marked by slow economic growth usually follows. Because the markets face continuous exposure to risk, it’s tough to predict crashes. They are also impossible to avoid. In the past, stock market crashes have sent industry experts and investors searching for
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Calix, MaxLinear, First Interstate | Three IPOs doing well today

The initial public offering of a company is usually a very closely and carefully watched event. Today, three separate company IPOs have gone very well. Calix Networks, MaxLinear and First Interstate BancSystem have all shown better-than-expected stock earnings. Calix and MaxLinear are both companies focused on internet infrastructure and are doing very well on the
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Volatile stock market driven by impulsive investor fears

The stock market forged ahead last week on news that the consumer confidence index rose. The markets went into reverse a short time later when the Fed released minutes from its latest meeting. The markets rose again on Wednesday, this time on data showing growth in American and Chinese manufacturing output.  This late burst of
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Nokia-Microsoft smartphone alliance doubted by insiders, markets

Nokia announced a smartphone alliance with Microsoft Friday. Nokia will ditch its successful, but declining Symbian OS for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7. Analysts questioned Nokia’s move, and Nokia stock dropped 14 percent on the news. Inside the Nokia-Microsoft alliance The Nokia-Microsoft smartphone alliance has left industry experts wondering why the largest handset maker in the
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Model Your Way to Riches

Find your model It has often been said that if you want to get good at something find someone who’s already doing it, and do what they do. If you can learn to think like they do, that’s even better. If your area of interest is investing and wealth building, there’s no better person to

Slow Economy Speeds up Worry

A Slow Recovery Reports dated 12/22/2009 state that the US economy is recovering at a rate of 2.2% over the last quarter, but this was below the earlier predicted figure of 3%. There could be a number of reasons for this particular slowdown, but no explanation has been offered as to what this will mean
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Hedge fund manager John Paulson: Crook or guru?

Hedge fund manager John Paulson bet against the health of the U.S. housing market by funneling money into credit default swaps against subprime mortgages, which effectively ensured that as homeowners defaulted he would receive a massive cash advance on his investment in failure. Thanks to the bursting of the U.S. housing bubble and some shrewd
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Fear of Suez Canal closure drives up price of crude oil futures

Crude oil futures spiked Friday as violent anti-government demonstrations roiled Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Yemen. Of particular concern is the besieged government in Egypt, which controls the Suez Canal. The Suez canal is a main artery for the shipment of oil from the Middle East to the Western Hemisphere. Egyptian unrest threatens oil supply Fears
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Shariah Islamic stock index opens in India

In accordance with Shariah law, Muslims are not permitted to invest in companies that derive significant benefit from interest, as Muslims consider this to be usury. In order to facilitate business-minded Muslims who wish to diversify their investment portfolios, the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the Mumbai-based Taqwaa Advisory and Shariah Investment Solutions have launched an
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Oil and gas destined to fall as prices pinch consumer demand

Oil prices are soaring, and gas prices are approaching levels not seen since the summer of 2008. The U.S. has huge oil and gasoline stockpiles, but speculators betting on risk and fear have pushed oil prices up 21 percent in 2011. Some analysts think the oil rally is about to end, however, as rising oil

Stock Market Progression Signals Recovery

Great gains move on to more stable investments The New York Stock Exchange is the barometer that most people go by to gauge the health of the economy. The NYSE also served as the barometer for the recovery of the economy. Beginning last March, the recovery began in earnest according to the numbers on the
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Goldman Sachs Facebook deal sets bank up to manage possible IPO

A Goldman Sachs Facebook investment of $450 million was the biggest news on Wall Street Monday. The Goldman Sachs Facebook deal, plus an additional $50 million investment from a Russian firm, has given Facebook an implied market value of $50 billion. Goldman’s investment makes it a front runner to manage a Facebook IPO that most

Costco adjusting offerings amid strong sales and dropping stock

Among publicly owned retail stores, Costco is in a unique place. The store makes much of its income from membership fees. Though stock prices are dropping, quarterly sales results are strong — and Costco is making some adjustments to its offerings. Costco’s quarterly results Costco, publicly traded on Wall Street, recently released its quarterly results.
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FCIC report on financial crisis sparks routine partisan bickering

When the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission report was issued Wednesday, partisan bickering was the big story. The FCIC report concluded that the financial crisis was ultimately the federal government’s fault, and it could have been avoided. The FCIC report was endorsed by six Democratic members of the commission, while the four Republicans disagreed with its
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Quadruple Witching: the stock market seasons change

Today is Quadruple Witching day on the stock market – the day where all four of the major linchpins of the stock market — market index futures, market index options, stock options, and stock futures — all expire. This “quadruple witching” happens the third Friday of every March, June, September, and December, and like the
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Gold futures hit record high, investors urged to jump in

There is a definite connection between currency values and the price of precious metals, and if today’s movement on gold futures is any indication, the world is experiencing a major shift. According to Marketwatch, Gold for December delivery went up $7.20 per ounce to an all-time high of $1,405 early Monday on the Comex of
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Oil prices spike as Gadhafi refuses to leave turmoil in Libya

Political turmoil in Libya has led to an increase in worldwide oil prices. Libya is a major exporter of oil, and unrest in that nation could lead to a drop in the output of oil. Despite a growing number of people calling for him to leave, Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi refuses to abdicate his office.