December 2008 - The Stock Playbook

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  • The Stock Playbook 12/01/08

    The market suffered one of its worst days since the financial meltdown Monday, as Wall Street snapped out of its daydream of a rally and once again faced the harsh reality of a recession. Not only did stocks end their five-day winning streak, they erased...
  • The Stock Playbook 12/02/08

    The market showed more indecision than conviction Tuesday, but rebounded from the previous day's massive decline. The Dow rose 270.00, or 3.31 percent, to 8,419.09, making back more than a third of Monday's plunge, which came on a string of bad...
  • The Stock Playbook 12/03/08

    The market withstood another stream of bad economic readings Wednesday, closing sharply higher as investors shuttled between pessimism about the recession and hopes that the nation might start seeing relief soon. The Dow rose 172.60, or 2.05 percent,...
  • The Stock Playbook 12/8/08

    The market shot higher for a second straight session Monday as investors bet that President-elect Barack Obama's plans to increase spending on public works projects will help lift the economy back to health. The rally, which gave the Dow a two-day...
  • The Stock Playbook 12/9/08

    The market fell on Tuesday as profit warnings from FedEx and others prompted investors to retrench after two days of big gains, while unprecedented demand for the safety of government securities signaled fear remains a dominant force in the market. The...
  • The Stock Playbook 12/10/08

    The market rose moderately as investors saw rebounding prices for gold and commodity prices as a reason to snap up energy and materials stocks. The Dow rose 70.09, or 0.81 percent, to 8,761.42. The S&P 500 rose 10.57, or 1.19 percent, to 899.24, and...
  • The Stock Playbook 12/11/08

    The market's anxiety about Detroit automakers swelled on Thursday, sending stocks sharply lower in an afternoon sell-off as investors grew fearful that a bill to rescue the companies wouldn't make it through the Senate. The Dow fell 196.33, or...
  • The Stock Playbook 12/15/08

    The market traded mixed early on as investors were relieved to hear that President Bush was working on providing short-term government help for the auto industry. But as that fear eased, it gave way to concerns about companies' exposure to Bernard...
  • The Stock Playbook 12/16/08

    The market bolted higher Tuesday after the Federal Reserve's historic decision to further slash interest rates and provide broad support to revive the troubled economy. The Dow rose 359.61, or 4.20 percent, to 8,924.14 after having been up about 100...
  • The Stock Playbook 12/17/08

    The market finished moderately lower Wednesday, as further signs of economic deterioration dampened investors' earlier enthusiasm about the Federal Reserve's record interest rate cut. The Dow fell 99.80, or 1.12 percent, to 8,824.34, after falling...
  • The Stock Playbook 12/18/08

    The market extended its losses Thursday, as a negative ratings outlook on financial and industrial powerhouse General Electric shook an already fragile investor psyche and sent stocks tumbling. Energy stocks tumbled as oil prices plunged. Crude briefly...
  • The Stock Playbook 12/22/08

    The market began a holiday shortened week with a moderate pullback Monday as investors recoiled at bleak news from Toyota and Walgreen's. The Dow fell 59.42, or 0.69 percent, to 8,519.69, after briefly moving into positive territory early in the session...
  • The Stock Playbook 12/23/08

    The market pulled back again Tuesday in muted trading ahead of the holiday, as another round of reports showed further deterioration in the housing market and broader economy. The Dow shed 100.28, or 1.18 percent, to 8,419.49, its fifth straight session...
  • The Stock Playbook 12/26/08

    The market put together a moderate advance in light post-holiday trading Friday after the finance arm of General Motors got a government lifeline, but dreary holiday spending readings dimmed the chance of a big year-end rally. The Dow rose 47.07, or 0...
  • The Stock Playbook 12/29/08

    The market retreated Monday as continuing violence in the Middle East and a resulting jump in oil prices reminded investors that the market could face problems beyond the recession. The Dow fell 31.62, or 0.37 percent, to 8,483.93. The S&P 500 fell...

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