Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Stocks gain as confidence rebounds

The stock market has been a concern for many lately; especially when it comes to retirement nest eggs. You might rest easier tonight knowing that the stock market is doing better today than its intimidating dip yesterday. According to, markets were up for U.S. stocks led by a rebounding energy sector. The Dow Jones rose 225.5 points, or 2.3%, the S&P 500 index added 28 points (2.6%) and the Nasdaq is up 59 points, also 2.6%.

It seems the markets are being “driven by minute-to-minute reporting” of the news. Many people bailed out of BP stock yesterday upon hearing there would be a criminal investigation of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the latest attempt to plug the spill failed. Yet, as many lumped together all of the oil companies, it was realized BP made a mistake but not all oil is a bad investment.

Technology shares also increased as people realized their value. The National Association of Realtors said its pending home index which measures existing home sales, rose 6% in April when it was only expected to rise by 4.3%. General Motors and Ford Motor both posted large increases in May sales of their brands, as well as Toyota, only less.

In world markets, Japan’s index slid 1.1% after the nation’s prime minister resigned. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell even lower. In the meantime, the euro rose against the dollar at $1.2247, bouncing back from the four-year low it had yesterday. Treasury bond prices are also lower. Sleep well U.S. investors, even if only for a night.

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