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  • Association for Investor Awareness - Week of 06/25/2009

    In This Issue:

    Mixed Economic Signals Worry Investors
    Another Kind Of Bailout Is Also A Concern
    A New Economic Reality Is Emerging
    For Efficient Companies, Slow Growth Can Be Profitable
    Your Best Strategy Now
    Three Analysts And A Fool Have Recommended This Stock
    The Bottom Line This Week

    In our last issue we remarked that 'the rally may be getting short of breath.' Shortly thereafter, the huffing and puffing began in earnest. On Monday of this week, definite wheezing sounds were heard as the bull dropped to its knees just short of pushing the market into positive territory for the year. Perhaps the old boy was out of shape after letting the bear take over for six months.

    In any event, since May 28 the Dow dropped 0.8% while the Nasdaq managed to squeak ahead a miniscule 0.8%. More importantly, both measures slipped 3.0% and 1.7% last week - and they are even lower now.

  • Association for Investor Awareness - Week of 02/26/2009

    In This Issue:

    The Federal Bailout Is A Mixed Bag
    Capitulation May Have Been Reached
    Some Blue Chip Stocks Will Win Blue Ribbons
    A Speculation Is Also Attractive
    Gold Regains Its Appeal, But There Are Problems
    An Economic Indicator That We Can Love
    The Bottom Line This Week

    Since our last newsletter on January 29, the stock market took a sharp turn for the worse. In fact, calling it a "turn" is an understatement. "Plunge" would better describe the 9.6% and 4.4% declines in the Dow and the Nasdaq. The slide left the market at a 12 year low.

    Curiously, the plunge isn't due to another panic. At this point in the long bear market, most investors are too tired to sprint for the exits. Instead, many of them are dropping their gear and are simply walking off the field.

  • Association for Investor Awareness - Week of 01/15/2009

    In This Issue:

    Sometimes Good News Can Be Bad News
    Treasury Bonds May Be A Bubble
    It’s Time To Choose Shorter Bond Maturities
    Three Ways To Win If Treasuries Decline
    Investing In Times Of Extremes
    Staying Healthy During Impossible Times
    The Bottom Line This Week

    The optimistic mood that lifted the stock market two weeks ago didn’t last very long. In fact it might have been the smallest January bounce on record. After the 2nd, prices started to move back down again.

    There is some solace in noting that the market is still up some 20% from where the zigzag rally started on November 21. Despite all the turmoil, it may turn out that the bear market reached bottom at that time. We shall know soon enough.

    In any event, by the time last Friday afternoon rolled around, the Dow and the Nasdaq were down 4.8% and 3.7% respectively. During the first three days of this week, the market continued to decline sharply as more disturbing economic numbers were announced.

  • Association for Investor Awareness - Week of 10/16/2008

    The Biggest Danger Now Is A Series Of Bear Traps
    The Financial Crisis Has Further To Run
    Some Bear Market Investments Have Promise
    How Long The Bear Might Stick Around
    A Contrary Economic Outlook
    Another Shameless Plug For Blue Chip Stocks
    The Bottom Line This Week

    Stock volatility has become so extreme, we had to redraw the charts. Although there have been up and down days as large as those we have seen recently, never before have they come in such quick succession.

    Last week, as everyone from New Guinea to New York must know by now, the Dow and the Nasdaq fell 18.2% and 15.3% respectively. That would have been tough enough by itself, but what made the week even more hectic is it contained a 679 point jump that many investors believed was the start of a reversal. 

    The market leaped forward again this Monday with a breath taking 936 point surge when U.S and European leaders decided on a coordinated financial rescue plan. Stocks took a breather on Tuesday. Then it plunged 733 points the next day on poor consumer spending data. We must expect more whiplash days as the credit crisis continues to unfold. 

  • Week of 10/09/2008

    Bargains Are Starting To Appear
    A Bottom Fishing Check List
    The Bear Isn't Finished Yet
    Big Drops Lead To Big Rebounds
    Financial Stocks Attract More Attention
    There Is One More Shoe To Fall
    The Biggest Question: Will The Bailout Work?
    The Bottom Line This Week

    Wall Street's thrill ride continued over the past week as investors made king-sized moves after every drop in the economic outlook. By the time the closing bell rang on Friday, the Dow and the Nasdaq were down 7.3% and 10.8% respectively. A good time was definitely not enjoyed by all.

    Once again, investors saved their biggest gyrations for the following Monday when the market plunged some 800 points. Fortunately, the market regained 430 points before the end of the day. Stocks resumed their slide on Tuesday and Wednesday when they fell a total of 689 points.

  • Week of 10/02/2008

    In This Issue:

    A Nasty, But Not A Calamitous, Stock Plunge
    Our Contrary Opinion
    A Cure For The Crisis Is Already Being Applied
    It's Time To Do Some Cautious Buying
    Stock Buyers Should Sip, Not Gulp
    The Bottom Line This Week

    People who enjoy excitement must envy investors right now. Not even thrill seekers who travel to New Zealand for the world's highest bungee jump have anything on us. When it comes to big bounces, Wall Street is the place to be.

    On Monday of this week, we completed the jumping part of the stock market's bungee experience. The rebound on Tuesday was nearly as exhilarating. Wednesday, thank goodness, was a quiet day of recuperation.

    Of course the rubber cord could break at any time, in which case the game will be over. However, that seems very unlikely. If a crash was in the works, we think it would have happened on Monday when deep pessimism was rampant.

    The market action we are having now is all the more exciting because there was no hint of it last week. The Dow dropped a tepid 2.2% while the Nasdaq just about doubled it with a 4.0% decline. It was barely enough to be a good warm-up for this week's main event.

  • Week of 09/25/2008

    In This Issue:

    Most Economists Believe The Rescue Plan Will Work
    Others Say It Will Only Postpone The Inevitable
    We Think The Optimists Are Right
    Meanwhile, Here's An All-Weather Investment Plan
    The Bottom Line This Week

    We've been suspicious for several weeks that Mother Market was not happy about taking a back seat to the recent Olympic games in China. To gain back some of the limelight she has been making bigger swings, jumps, and dives than anything we saw in Beijing. Her efforts are clearly working because nothing else has been able to push financial news off the front pages.

    Last week, the market made yet another volatility record, not that anybody wanted to see it. On four of the five days, prices changed over 300 points. Nevertheless, when the dust settled, and the bodies were swept up, the Dow was only down a miniscule 0.3%. The Nasdaq actually managed to rise 0.6%. If you happened to be in Transylvania during the festivities, you might not have known how much fun the rest of us had.

    The race for new records continued when the market opened on Monday of this week, and stocks dropped 373 points. Prices started to settle down on Tuesday and Wednesday when stocks fell 162 points and 29 points respectively. Given the circumstances, it is too much to hope that the high volatility will end anytime soon.

  • Week of 09/18/2008

    In This Issue:

    Stocks Plunged, But The Expected Crash Didn't Occur
    Many Investors Were Pleased To See Some Bailouts End
    A Recession Is More Likely, But It Isn't Assured
    Many Companies Are Having A Good Year
    It's Time For Bottom Fishers To Unfold Their Nets
    The Dollar Rebound May Be Over
    The Bottom Line This Week

    Looking back at the stock market of last week is like looking at the distant past. Compared to the big changes that have occurred since then, the five day period belonged to a different era. For the record, the Dow and the Nasdaq gained 1.8% and 0.2% respectively.

    As everybody knows by now, this week opened with a 504 point plunge after the government failed to find a buyer for Lehman Brothers. The news was a shock because investors expected a repeat of the Bear Stearns shotgun marriage to J.P. Morgan that prevented a stock market quake in March. When the rescue attempt for Lehman fell apart, many investors headed for the door.

    There was a brief rebound on Tuesday but stocks plunged another 449 points the next day. High volatility seems likely to continue for quite some time.