Monday, November 30, 2009

FusionIQ Market Wrap for 11/30/09-Stocks end the month higher...

U.S. stocks rose, extending a monthly gain for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as concern eased over a possible default by Dubai World. Oil rallied as a British yacht crew was seized by Iran, while aluminum and zinc led industrial metals higher. Treasuries were little changed.  Shortly before the market closed, Dubai's largest company said its planned restructuring of some units involved $26 billion in debt, easing some concerns about the size of Dubai's financial problems.  The S&P 500 extended its November rally to 5.7 percent as it rebounded from the first monthly decline since the index reached a 12-year low in March. S&P 500 financial shares added 2.7 percent today after the group plunged by the same amount on Nov. 27. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 34.92 points, or 0.3 percent, 10,344.84 and extended its monthly gain to 6.5 percent.   The NASDAQ closed up 6 points to 2,144 and closed November up 4.9%.    Retail shares limited the advance as investors worried that the holiday shopping season might have gotten off to a tepid start. Black Friday data suggested weak sales during retailers' most important sales period and underscored concerns about the economy.  Black Friday, or the Friday after the U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday, is seen as the start of the U.S. holiday shopping period and buyers typically flood the stores that day searching for bargains.  Bucking the retail share trend on Monday, online retailers' shares rose after analytics firm comScore said that online spending was the highest it had ever been on Black Friday, with Cyber Monday spending expected to be even stronger.

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