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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thursday Market Action

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After shaking off a worrisome inflation report before the opening bell and a dismal real estate report soon after the opening, the Dow rose steadily throughout the morning and settled into positive territory for the remainder of the day. The DJIA closed up 82.97 or .72 per cent at 11,615.93. The S & P 500 also closed higher 7.10 or .55 per cent to 1,292.93. NASDAQ likewise ended the day up 25.05 or 1.03 per cent to 2,453.67.

Volume on the NYSE was 1,003,398,038; advancing shares were 663,931,108 and declining shares were 332,074,290 with 7,392,640 unchanged. NASDAQ volume was 1,842,236,076; 1,414,017,121 shares were up, 358,110,252 were down, and 70,108,703 were unchanged.

Bond yields fell and prices rose as the market digested the early morning four week average jobless claims number which increased by 19,500 to 440,500 and the and a much higher consumer price number of 5.6 per cent, year over year. The Two-Year Note closing yield was 2.43 percent; the Ten Year Note was 3.89 per cent; and the Thirty Year Bond was 4.51 percent.

Foreclosures were up 55 per cent from a year ago, July. More than 272,000 homes received at least one notice, compared to 175,000 last July. This was eight per cent higher than June, as reported by RealityTrac. Lenders reprocessed 77,000 homes in July.

Existing home sales fell 16 per cent to 4.91M, annualized, in the 2nd quarter while prices fell 7.6 percent to $206,500 from $223,500 last year. One in three home sales was a short sale or sold out of foreclosure, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Crude oil finished the day at $114.70 a barrel and Gold closed at $807.4 an ounce.

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