Sat11222014

Business & Real Estate

Optimism produces stock highs

There’s been a lot of upward stock momentum in recent days. The Dow Jones industrial average set another record Thursday when it closed at 17,652.79 – the 25th time the market posted a new high this year.

These record highs reveal the optimism expressed by investors when they call their brokers. Bullishness is at its highest level since December 2010, while the bearish sentiment predicting that the markets will fall over the next six months has risen to 19.3 percent.

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Stocks surge to all-time highs

Boosted by third-quarter earnings reports, stocks of most classes bounced from lows in mid-October to new record territories.

As long as economic growth remains decent and consumer sentiment high – it’s the highest since July 2007 – investors should feel confident and dismiss concerns about a slowing economy.

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Corporate earnings drive up market

U.S. corporate earnings continue to beat expectations as Wall Street stocks climbed more than 1 percent last week.

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Market volatility works both ways

Volatility in the stock market can be scary, especially on the downside we experienced last week. But when the market trends upward – as it did Friday by more than 300 points – it’s easier to keep a level head amid the turmoil.

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Stock market hits worrisome stage

October is traditionally the stock market’s most volatile month.

Last week proved a wild ride for investors as the Dow Jones industrial average experienced its biggest drop of the year. The 334-point decrease came after the Dow celebrated its largest gain of the year. By noon Friday, the market regained some stability.

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Job gains halt stock-market slide

The market was down 238.19 points at 16,804.71, or 1.40 percent, Oct. 1. Stocks took a beating because there are too many global concerns for investors to feel confident in the stock market.

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Investors happy with Fed moves

The stock market received the assurance it wanted from the Federal Reserve last week, and, to show appreciation, the market set new records. The Dow Jones industrial average continued its higher-closing trend Thursday and Friday.

Fed officials met last week and announced that they plan to keep the short-term interest rate near zero for a while longer – a boon to the market that should stimulate the economy and make stocks more attractive compared with bonds.

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