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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

U.S. Stocks Decline as Reports Signal Slower Growth

March 31 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Deborah Kostroun reports on the performance of the U.S. equity market today. Stocks fell, trimming a fourth-straight quarterly advance, as private reports showed employers unexpectedly cut jobs this month and business activity grew less than forecast. Bloomberg contributor Keith McCullough also speaks. (Source: Bloomberg)



Monday, March 29, 2010

U.S. Stocks Advance on Upgrades, Gains Trimmed on Korea

U.S. Stocks Advance on Upgrades, Gains Trimmed on Korea

March 26 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Courtney Donohoe reports on the performance of the U.S. equity market today. U.S. stocks rose on analyst upgrades, takeover speculation and a European plan to help Greece avoid default before erasing most of the gain amid concern tension was escalating between North and South Korea. Bloomberg contributor Keith McCullough also speaks. (Source: Bloomberg)


Friday, March 26, 2010

U.S. Stocks Fall on Treasury Auction, Greece Discord

March 25 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Deborah Kostroun reports on the performance of the U.S. equity market today. U.S. stocks fell for a second day as a disappointing Treasury auction and discord among European leaders about how to rescue Greece erased a rally in the final half hour of the session. The 10-year notes yield climbed to the highest level since June, and the dollar rallied. (Source: Bloomberg)



Thursday, March 25, 2010

Introduction Futures Trading

A futures contract is a standardized contract to buy or sell a specified commodity of standardized quality at a certain date in the future and at a market-determined price (the futures price). The contracts are traded on a futures exchange. Futures contracts are not "direct" securities like stocks, bonds, rights or warrants. They are still securities, however, though they are a type of derivative contract.

The price is determined by the instantaneous equilibrium between the forces of supply and demand among competing buy and sell orders on the exchange at the time of the purchase or sale of the contract.

In many cases, the underlying asset to a futures contract may not be traditional "commodities" at all – that is, for financial futures, the underlying asset or item can be currencies, securities or financial instruments and intangible assets or referenced items such as stock indexes and interest rates.

The future date is called the delivery date or final settlement date. The official price of the futures contract at the end of a day's trading session on the exchange is called the settlement price for that day of business on the exchange[1].

A futures contract gives the holder the obligation to make or take delivery under the terms of the contract, whereas an option grants the buyer the right, but not the obligation, to establish a position previously held by the seller of the option. In other words, the owner of an options contract may exercise the contract, but both parties of a "futures contract" must fulfill the contract on the settlement date. The seller delivers the underlying asset to the buyer, or, if it is a cash-settled futures contract, then cash is transferred from the futures trader who sustained a loss to the one who made a profit. To exit the commitment prior to the settlement date, the holder of a futures position has to offset his/her position by either selling a long position or buying back (covering) a short position, effectively closing out the futures position and its contract obligations.

Futures contracts, or simply futures, (but not future or future contract) are exchange traded derivatives. The exchange's clearing house acts as counterparty on all contracts, sets margin requirements, and crucially also provides a mechanism for settlement.[2]
( source wikipedia )

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

U.S. Stocks May Fall 15 Percent

TCW's Sri-Kumar Says U.S. Stocks May Fall 15 Percent

March 24 (Bloomberg) -- Komal Sri-Kumar, chief global strategist at TCW Group Inc., talks with Bloomberg's Carol Massar and Matt Miller about the outlook for U.S. stocks. Sri-Kumar also discusses the U.S. economy, Treasury market and Fitch Ratings' cut in Portugal's credit grade. Barry Knapp, head of U.S. equity strategy at Barclays Plc, and Bloomberg's Adam Johnson also speak. (Source: Bloomberg)



IShares Muni ETFs Provide Transparency Says Tucker

Tucker Says IShares Muni ETFs Provide Transparency



March 24 (Bloomberg) -- Matthew Tucker, managing director of U.S. fixed-income strategy at BlackRock Inc., talks with Bloombergs Betty Liu about the municipal-bond exchange-trade funds offered by BlackRock's IShares unit. Tucker also discusses market reaction to Portugal's debt rating downgrade by Fitch Ratings. (Source: Bloomberg)


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Burnham Sees U.S. Stocks Rising, Likes Citigroup, GE

March 23 (Bloomberg) -- Jon Burnham, chairman of the Burnham Financial Group, talks with Bloomberg's Lori Rothman about his investment strategy for U.S. stocks. Burnham also discusses the outlook for equities, financial regulation and a possible initial public offering by General Motors Co. (Source: Bloomberg)


Monday, March 22, 2010

U.S. Stocks Rise as Drugmakers Gain on House Health Bill

March 22 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Deborah Kostroun reports on the performance of the U.S. equity market today. Stocks rose, erasing an early drop, as drugmakers gained after the House of Representatives passed an overhaul of the health-care industry and analyst upgrades lifted companies from Citigroup Inc. to Boeing Co. (Source: Bloomberg)


Markets to Respond to Health-Care Vote; Stocks Drop

March 22 (Bloomberg) -- Jane King summarizes the top stories this morning on the Bloomberg Business Report. Congress passes historic, controversial health care bill. Abortion issue fails.
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Charts: Stocks Looking Bullish for gold currencies emerging markets and equities

The emerging markets currencies and equities are performing extremely well , it is an extremely bullish scenario , in January we had bearish signals , all of those negated , regarding Gold the top at the moment is at 1135 the recent high as at 1145 if Gold breaks these two levels then it is game on for the resumption of a long term uptrend which will push gold back at its highs at around 1225 but realistically beyond that we are looking forward the 1300 and even further later this year











Friday, March 19, 2010

S and P 500 May Reach 1,300 and Beyond in 2010 says Linda Duessel

S&P 500 May Reach 1,300 and Beyond in 2010

March 19 (Bloomberg) -- Linda Duessel, market strategist at Federated Investors Inc., talks with Bloomberg's Carol Massar about the outlook for U.S. stocks, Federal Reserve policy and Federated's equity strategy. Duessel says the Standard & Poor's 500 Index could exceed 1,300 by the end of 2010. (Source: Bloomberg)



David Tice on The U.S. Stock Market Outlook

March 19 (Bloomberg) -- David Tice , chief portfolio strategist for bear markets at Federated Investors Inc., talks with Bloomberg Television about the outlook for the U.S. stock market. (Source: Bloomberg)



Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bartels Says S&P May Rise to 1,230 After Breaching 1,150

March 18 (Bloomberg) -- Mary Ann Bartels, head of technical analysis at Bank of America Securities-Merrill Lynch Research, talks with Bloomberg's Carol Massar about the outlook for U.S. stocks. Bartels also discusses the performance of financial and energy shares, and Federal Reserve monetary policy. (Source: Bloomberg)



Wednesday, March 17, 2010

U.S. Stocks Advance, Sending Dow to Highest in 17 Months

March 17 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Deborah Kostroun reports on the performance of the U.S. equity market today. Stocks gained, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to the highest level since October 2008, on evidence the economic recovery isnt stoking inflation. (Source: Bloomberg)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

U.S. Stocks Advance as Fed Pledges to Keep Rates Low

March 16 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Deborah Kostroun reports on the performance of the U.S. equity market today. Stocks rose, with the Standard & Poors 500 Index reaching a 17-month high, as the Federal Reserve said it will leave its main interest rate near zero for an extended period to safeguard the economic recovery. (Source: Bloomberg)



Monday, March 15, 2010

U.S. Stocks Advance as Consumer Shares Rise

March 15 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Deborah Kostroun reports on the performance of the U.S. equity market today. U.S. stocks erased losses in the final hour as financial shares reversed declines, while consumer companies rallied on an analyst upgrade of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and PepsiCo Inc.s plan to return more money to investors. (Source: Bloomberg)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Most U.S. Stocks Drop on Decrease in Consumer Confidence

March 12 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Deborah Kostroun reports on the performance of the U.S. equity market today. Most U.S. stocks fell, pulling the Standard & Poors 500 Index down from a 17-month high, as a drop in consumer confidence overshadowed an unexpected increase in retail sales. (Source: Bloomberg)



Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Outlook for U.S. Stocks by Expert Trennert of Strategas

Strategas's Trennert Discusses Outlook for U.S. Stocks

March 10 (Bloomberg) -- Jason Trennert, managing partner at Strategas Research Partners, talks with Bloomberg Television about the oultook for the U.S. stock market. (This report is an excerpt of the full interview. Source: Bloomberg)

Analysts Predict Continued Rally for Financial Stocks

March 10 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Sheila Dharmarajan reports on the outlook for the performance of financial stocks. (Source: Bloomberg)


Friday, March 5, 2010

US Stocks Advance as Job Losses Trail Estimates

March 5 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Deborah Kostroun reports on the performance of the U.S. equity market today. The Standard & Poors 500 Index gained for a sixth day after a smaller-than-estimated loss of jobs boosted confidence the economic recovery is strengthening. (Source: Bloomberg)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

US Stocks Advance as Greece Budget Concerns Ease

U.S. Stocks Advance as Greece Budget Concerns Ease

March 2 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Deborah Kostroun reports on the performance of the U.S. equity market today. U.S. stocks rose for a third day as prospects for higher earnings at banks, more corporate takeovers and a possible resolution to Greeces budget problems overshadowed a drop in technology shares. (Source: Bloomberg)



Monday, March 1, 2010

US stocks Rise thanks to encouraging Economic Data

U.S. Stocks Climb as Consumer Spending Aids Confidence


March 1 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Deborah Kostroun reports on the performance of the U.S. equity market today. U.S. stocks rallied, erasing the 2010 loss for the Standard & Poors 500 Index, after consumer spending topped economists estimates and American International Group Inc. sold an Asian unit for $35.5 billion. (Source: Bloomberg)
U.S. stocks posted their second day of gains thanks in part to AIG's deal to sell a unit and new optimism regarding Greece's debt problems
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