Horrific, Dismal Bear Fatigued
The Daily Reckoning
March 24-25, 2001
By Addison Wiggin
MARKET REVIEW: Horrific, Dismal Bear Fatigued: All Markets Up On Friday
Mr. Bear rested after a “horrific” two-week stint Friday allowing a 115-point gain on the Dow… and a close at 9504. In two weeks of crushing losses the Dow had shed 1255 points by the time markets closed Thursday. Year to date, the Dow is off nearly 12% – and ‘officially’ entered bear territory this week with a close 20% below it’s January 2000 peak.
Also on Friday, the Nasdaq shimmied up 30 to 1928, a 38- point gain for the week. The S&P 500 added 22 to end the week at 1139, down 11 from last Monday’s opening.
The Nasdaq and Nasdaq 100 are off 21.9% and 27.2%, respectively during trading in 2001. The S&P 500 is down 13.7% for the year.
“The average stock fund continued its ‘dismal’ year, losing 4.7%,” according to Lipper, the fund trackers, and AP, the fund tracker reporters. The average fund is down nearly 16% in 2001. According to ABC News, $4 trillion has been erased from the stock market in just the past year. Four trillion dollars is roughly the combined GDP of Germany, Britain and Canada.
“But all is not woe,” says John Myers of Outstanding Investments. “Over the past year the Toronto Stock Exchange’s Oil & Gas Index has risen 42%. With tech stocks performing so dismally there remains plenty of opportunities to buy into this market after the bear has run its course.” Outstanding Investments
Markets Around The World: The Nikkei rallied slightly closing up 2.8% on Friday. The European markets all closed higher, too… Germany’s DAX index gained 2.9%, Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 1.6%, and France’s CAC-40 ended the day +2.6%.
Russell 2000 rose 10 to close at 443… 2 points higher than last week.
ADD’L PRICES FOR THE WEEK: Gold Up A Little… Dollar Up A Lot
Crude Oil: $27.30
Natural Gas: $5.27
CRB Index: 214
Dollar Index: 116
The Sad, Sad Euro: $.88
British Pound: $1.42
Japanese Yen: $.82
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