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Today’s Stock Market Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA Nasdaq S&P 500 market session update April 22, 2014 mid-day

Posted on | April 22, 2014 | No Comments

Today’s Stock market index trend review and market session update April 22, 2014 mid-day:
After the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 finished the last trading week with gains overall, the positive momentum hopped over the Easter weekend to keep stock index trends aloft during the opening trading session of this week. All three composites finished the last full trading session with gains. The S&P 500 rose higher again to 1,871.89. The Nasdaq moved up to 4,121.55 last session and the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the opening session higher at 16,449.25. Prior to opening bell this morning, stock futures were mixed ahead of a big day of earnings data. McDonald’s, Harley-Davidson, Comcast, AT&T and Yum Brands are some of the big company names scheduled to post earnings data today. Also, in economic news, existing home sales numbers posted.
Harely-Davidson’s stock rose after the motorcycle maker posted better than expected earnings data today. Comcast also posted a notable rise in first quarter profit this year. On the flip side of the earnings coin, McDonald’s was not “lovin” its most recent sales figures. Sales were below expectations, especially in the U.S.
In economic news today, existing home sales hit a one and a half year low according to the NAR.
As the trading session reached the mid-day mark, the primary stock composites were were tracking through positive territory.

Today’s Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq, S&P 500 stock index review today April 22, 2014:
The S&P 500 was higher by .55 percent at 1,822.24 as of mid-day. The Nasdaq was higher by .98 percent at 4,162.20 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was higher by .53 percent at 16,541.57 as of the mid-day mark today.


Frank Matto

Today’s Gold price per ounce and Spot gold per gram spot silver rate review mid-day April 22, 2014

Posted on | April 22, 2014 | No Comments

Today’s Gold per ounce and silver per ounce price review market session mid-day update today April 22, 2014:
Gold and silver price trends fell back again during the last full trading session. U.S. stock composites rose higher as the positively skewed stock momentum from last week carried the weekend to support index trends last session. The positive attention for stocks minimized positive action for precious metals gold and silver. Both precious metal contracts closed the day in the red to open the week as a result. May contract silver price dipped by 1.25 percent to close at a floor price of 19.35 per ounce, June contract gold price fell back last session by .42 percent to close at 1,288.50 per ounce. The negative close added to the weak price trending observed for the precious metals over the last several weeks. One month price change for both gold and silver remains negative at this time.

As the trading session approached the mid-day mark today, gold and silver price were tracking lower.

Today’s gold price per ounce and silver price per ounce contract review mid-day April 22, 2014:
May contract silver price sank lower by .03 percent to post at the electronic price of 19.34 as of mid-day today. June contract gold price was lower by .43 percent at the electronic post of 1,283.00 per troy ounce at mid-day.

Spot gold per gram and spot silver per ounce price review today April 22, 2014:
Spot gold per gram and spot silver per ounce prices were mixed at mid-day. Spot gold per gram price posted at 41.22 at mid-day and spot silver per ounce price posted at 19.38.



Camillo Zucari

EUC 2014; Unemployment Benefit Extension news update Emergency Compensation Deal Review April 22, 2014

Posted on | April 22, 2014 | 60 Comments

Today’s EUC unemployment benefit extension deal update April 22, 2014:
Approximately 3 million Americans continue to wait for government lawmakers to determine if an extension of long term unemployment benefits is necessary at this time. Many of these Americans have been out of work and without emergency unemployment compensation since December 28, 2013. Right now, the deal to extend unemployment benefits to millions sits in the House and waits for recess to end. Prior to the two week recess, the Senate voted to pass the unemployment extension deal through to the House where it is expected to stir additional contention. House Speaker John Boehner has said on more than one occasion that he is not happy with the deal’s design and that it should be dismissed and not considered as a result. Boehner does not believe that the unemployment plan is good legislation due to its lack of provisions that will grow the U.S. economy. Due to this other similar opinions in the House, the bill to extend unemployment benefits to America’s long term unemployed will be an uphill battle. The House returns from recess on April 28 but the battle has already begun. Last week, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California reported that House Republicans’ refusal to vote on the current unemployment extension bill is “immoral.” She used this terminology in a letter to state governors. These governors then wrote House Speaker Boehner to urge him to take up the Senate’s bill after the recess. It is likely that moving forward with legislation to extend unemployment might only happen given additional bill revisions.



Genny Germano

Today’s Gold price per ounce Spot gold per gram price Spot silver per ounce price precious metal trends today April 22, 2014

Posted on | April 22, 2014 | No Comments

Gold price and silver price precious metal news review today April 22, 2014:
Investors tuned in last session to see if precious metal prices would hop higher after the Easter break. Silver prices failed to recover during the opening session even with heavy speculative demand and gold prices saw a marginal dip during the opening trading session. The corrective nature of price trend-lines were expected considering the price lows that have recently posted for precious metals gold and silver. Both contract prices currently post a negative one month change. According to analysis, one month price change for gold is currently negative by approximately 3.5 percent. Also, one month price change for silver is currently negative by approximately 4.8 percent at this time.
It should be noted that last week, gold price fell to a two-and-a-half week lower prior to the holiday break.

Contract gold price per ounce and contract silver price per ounce close review today:
June contract gold price fell lower last session by .42 percent to close at 1,288.50 per troy ounce. May contract silver price fell lower by 1.25 percent to close at a floor price of 19.35 per troy ounce last session.

Spot gold per gram and spot silver per ounce price review today April 22, 2014:
Spot gold per gram and spot silver per ounce prices dipped after last session close and prior to opening bell today. Spot gold per gram price was lower at 41.40 and spot silver per ounce price was down to 19.41.



Camillo Zucari

Today’s Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, Nasdaq, S&P 500 extends winning streak; Dow Winners and close review

Posted on | April 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

Today’s Stock market news review and stock composite close update April 22, 2014:
The primary stock composites hopped off to a good start one day after the Easter holiday. All three primary U.S. stock composites tracked higher throughout the last full trading session and all finished the day with gains. The underlying tensions associated with the crisis in Ukraine as well as global economic growth concerns, specifically in China, were unable to drag the U.S. composites lower to begin this week. Last week, the Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq all gained over 2 percent and the momentum was able to carry the extended weekend. Little economic news was scheduled to open this week ahead of an influx of corporate earnings data. Trading volume remained low as a some professionals trickled back into the marketplace after the holiday.

Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq, S&P 500 close review today:
The S&P 500 rose higher last session by .38 percent to close the day at 1,871.89. The positive close for the S&P 500 added to the longest winning streak for the index in six months. The Nasdaq rose higher by .64 percent to close at 4,121.55. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose higher by .25 percent to close at 16,499.25. On the Dow last session, Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co. were top gainers. Pfizer Inc. PFE stock price rose higher by 2.02 percent to 30.85 according to Google Finance and Merck MRK stock price rose higher by 1.38 percent to close at 57.25 last session.



Frank Matto

Today’s Gold price per ounce Spot gold per gram Spot silver per ounce precious metal news review April 21, 2014; SPDR ETF

Posted on | April 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Gold price and silver price precious metal news review and market session update today April 21, 2014:
Precious metal pricing has been pressured in recent weeks and today’s opening was no different. Earlier today, gold price fell back to a two week low as trading remained thin after the holiday weekend. The dollar gained strength versus other world currencies which also pressured gold price. It was a weak start for precious metal gold and silver after both finished off the last full trading session with price losses. June contract gold price fell last week to 1,293.90 per troy ounce and May contract silver dropped lower to 19.60 per troy ounce. One month price change for gold is currently negative by 3.62 percent at this time and one month price change for silver is currently negative by approximately 3.5 percent right now. Last week, investors observed significant outflow of over 9 tonnes from the world’s top gold ETF SPDR Gold Trust. This spooked many investors. Today, as the trading session reached the mid-day mark, gold and silver prices were in the red.

Today’s Gold price per ounce and silver price per ounce contract review mid-day April 21, 2014:
June contract gold price was lower by .64 percent at an electronic post of 1,286.30 per troy ounce. May contract silver price was lower by 1.55 percent at 19.34 per ounce as of mid-day.

Spot gold per gram and spot silver per ounce price review today April 21, 2014:
Spot gold per gram and spot silver per ounce prices were in the red at mid-day today. Spot gold per gram price posted at 41.36 as of mid-day and spot silver per ounce price posted at 19.40 as of mid-day.



Camillo Zucari

Today’s Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA Stock Market News Review mid-day April 21, 2014

Posted on | April 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Today’s Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq, S&P 500 stock market index review and market session news update April 21, 2014 mid-day:
Stock futures were positive before opening bell this morning after the extended holiday weekend. As of the last full trading session, the primary U.S. composites finished the day mixed. Stocks closed out the last week with gains overall though. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up by about 2 percent alongside the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 was higher by almost 3 percent for the week.
This week, investors gain access to a growing batch of earnings based data. IBM recently reported that their disappointing earnings data was due, in part, to a slowdown in the world’s second largest economy. Investors will tune in this week to see if the economic slowdown in China negatively affects other earnings reports.
Factors which will continue to constrain the marketplace this week include the ongoing tensions associated with Ukraine, slowing growth in China and the potential for tightened interest rates in the U.S.
Today, as the trading session reached the mid-day mark, the primary stock composites in the U.S. were mixed.

Today’s Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq, S&P 500 stock market index review April 21, 2014:
The S&P 500 was lower by .02 percent at 1,866.07 as of mid-day today. The Nasdaq was higher by .03 percent at 4,096.62 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was higher by .07 percent at 16,420.83 at mid-day. Investors will observe to see if stocks hop into positive territory today after the Easter recess.



Frank Matto

EUC 2014; Unemployment Benefit Extension News Review and Update Today

Posted on | April 21, 2014 | No Comments

Unemployment Benefit Deal News Review today April 21, 2014:
The economic recovery process moves forward according to the Labor Department and the positively skewed data could be viewed as an indicator of better things to come. Could this data be processed by Congressional lawmakers and then used to further stall the passage of another long term unemployment benefit deal extension? Many of American’s jobless have been without long term unemployment benefits since December 28, 2013 and the number of people falling into this category grows every week. The Senate just recently passed a deal to extend unemployment benefits which would pay out through the end of May and would also pay retroactively. The legislation now sits in the House and awaits further debate which wont happen until next week. House members will look over the Labor Department’s data and find that job gains are taking place in a majority the states in our union. Could this skew their decision? It is no secret that some House members are against the current deal to pass unemployment and one reason for current conflict are accusations that the current deal does not promote job growth. Despite the adversity, several senate backers of the unemployment bill say there is still hope as they work to set up a meeting with House Speaker John Boehner. Boehner has been a vocal critic of the current deal passed by the Senate and could be a key pawn to move in order to pass the legislation through the House. Senator Dean Heller, a Republican co-author of the bipartisan Senate deal, said that they will put together a meeting with Boehner before the current recess ends. The goal is for lawmakers to work on a compromise.



Genny Germano

Freddie Mac Mortgage interest rates 30 and 15 year fixed home loan; Lower mortgage rates could spark activity

Posted on | April 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Mortgage interest rate news review and today’s update April 21, 2014:
Freddie Mac reported that mortgage interest rates fell again last week which market the second consecutive week during which mortgage rates posted lower. The drop in mortgage interest rates could help to spark positive housing sector activity as the spring home-buying season begins. Although building permits, which are often viewed as a sign of future activity, were lower than expected. The drop in mortgage rates could help more potential home buyers step from the sidelines this spring.
Current mortgage interest rate news review and Freddie Mac’s trend update today April 21, 2014:
According to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac, the rates on the standard 30 and 15 year fixed loans dipped lower in the most recent analysis. Freddie Mac reports that the average interest rate on the standard 30 year loan dropped from 4.34 percent to 4.27 percent last week. The average mortgage interest rate for the standard 15 year loan fell from 3.38 percent to 3.33 percent last week.
Mortgage interest rates fell back in the most recent analysis which could help to prompt positive housing sector activity, but the recent building permit data muddies the water somewhat. Analysts will monitor trends closely as the spring home buying season begins to determine if positive momentum builds for the U.S. housing sector. It should be noted that rates are not expected to drop further this year. The Federal Reserve plans to diminish stimulus and interest rates are expected to rise by 2015.



Stephen Johnson

Today’s Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, Nasdaq, S&P 500 stock market index and market session update April 21, 2014

Posted on | April 21, 2014 | No Comments

Stock Market News review and stock composite trends today April 21, 2014:
Market trends were choppy last week but the primary U.S. stock composites all finished the shortened week with gains overall. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, as well as the Nasdaq rose higher last week by about 2 percent and the S&P 500 climbed last week by almost three percent. As the U.S. trading week came to an early close on Thursday, economic data posted that was positively skewed. New applications for first time unemployment benefits notched higher by just 2,000 and remained near pre-recession levels at a seasonally adjusted rate of 304,000 for the week ended April 12. The minor rise in jobless claims was not as steep as economists were anticipating. The Labor Department’s jobless claims data continues to stick close to a six and a half year low. The four week moving average for unemployment claims moved to a relative low point as well. The Philly Federal Reserve bank also reported a rise in business activity in March. The data gave investors a boost of confidence heading into the Easter holiday weekend and could support positive activity as this week opens today. Earnings data will continue to stack this week. Investors may have a bad taste in their mouths from last week’s weaker than expected earnings data from IBM and Google. Shares for both fell lower given the recent data. Apple, McDonald’s and Microsoft are major companies due to report this week.



Frank Matto

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