Sat08012015

Business & Real Estate

Earnings drag down Dow

It was a hectic week – major averages fell more than 2 percent and the Dow Jones industrial average dropped nearly 3 percent, with commodities around the world getting crushed and affecting quarterly earnings.

Gold prices tumbled to a five-year low and U.S. oil prices dipped below $50 a barrel for the first time in three months. The U.S. dollar hit its highest level in three months, prompting increases in oil and gold prices.

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Dow increases as fears fade

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 2 percent last week as worries about Greece and China faded and Wall Street’s attention shifted to the earnings-reporting season.

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Look for another wild week

The Dow Jones industrial average finished up 0.2 percent last week following Friday’s 211.79-point rally.

Last week started ugly for investors, with a computer glitch shutting down the New York Stock Exchange for several hours, United Airlines grounding its planes, Greece failing to agree to anything, China losing market stature and a 10 percent quick correction hitting the U.S. market.

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The plot thickens in Greece

Stock market averages in the U.S. have teetered back-and-forth on the recent headlines out of Greece. Sunday’s referendum is sure to generate more turmoil, as Greek voters defied Europe and rejected a bailout offer from creditors.

For the first time since 2010, the Dow Jones industrial average declined in the first half of the year, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index experienced its worst first-half showing in five years. Last week, the Dow fell 1.21 percent to 17,730.11.

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Greece plays into short week

With the dog days of summer approaching, investors face a short workweek – the markets are closed Friday in observance of Independence Day.

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Another flat week for Dow

Stocks fell in another seesaw week, erasing any weekly gains on fears that Greece won’t reach a debt deal.

Investors are staying on the sidelines until the U.S. Federal Reserve meets this week. Investors are edgy and hope that the meeting will provide clues on the timing of an interest-rate hike. An increase in rates will tighten the flow of easy money and raise borrowing costs for companies.

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Prepare for a positive market

Last week’s stock activity was like a seesaw: up and down. When the news was lackluster, the market rallied. When the news was good, the market dropped 160 points because weekly jobless claims hit close to a 15-year low.

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