Thursday, February 15, 2007

Dow Rockets 100+ in 2 days; Nasdaq Flirts with 2500

After gaining 87 points on Wednesday and reaching another all-time high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average tacked on 23 more Thursday to close at 12, 765.01. Fueled by positive comments from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, stabilizing oil prices and benign economic news, investors poured into blue chips, techs and small caps, extending the bull run begun in October 2002.

The Nasdaq flirted with 2,500 once again on Thursday, closing on the upside by 8.72 at 2,497.10. The junior exchange has not closed above 2,500 in six years and the number it is approaching is an important psychological level.

The National Association of Realtors announced today that overall home prices fell 2.7% in the 4th quarter - a record - while median home prices lost 3.4%. Vacation markets in Florida, Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice and Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, were especially hard hit.

Life may be rosy on Wall Street but not everyone is sharing the joy.

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