Take A Closer Look at CPI

I believe most of us who have already taken EC101/EC102 are very likely to be familiar with the concept of CPI, however, CPI is way more complicated than what we learned from our class and textbooks. In order to analyze the entire market(economy) as a whole, we need to take a closer look at CPI and fully understand the meaning behind this important economic indicator.

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What is naked shorting?

Naked short selling, or naked shorting, is the practice of short-selling a tradable asset of any kind without first borrowing the security or ensuring that the security can be borrowed, as is conventionally done in a short sale. When the seller does not obtain the shares within the required time frame, the result is known as a “failure to deliver”. The transaction generally remains open until the shares are acquired by the seller, or the seller’s broker settles the trade.

Short selling is used to anticipate a price fall, but exposes the seller to the risk of a price rise.

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BUTC Morning Update 5/1

Looking at Markets/Index’s/Commodities

  • S&P 500          1,597.57    +3.96        +0.25%
  • DJIA              14,839.80    +21.05      +0.14%
  • NASDAQ        3,328.79    +21.77      +0.66%
  • Gold                 1,456.90    -15.20        -1.03%
  • Crude Oil  $90.97/brl     -2.49        -2.66%

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BUTC Market Updates – 4/26/2013

The latest reading on U.S. economic growth failed to excite investors Friday.

Gross domestic product — a broad measure of what the economy produces — increased in the first quarter but fell short of what economists expected.

Here are what the markets are looking like:

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 14,691.97 -8.83 -0.06%
Nasdaq 3,269.51 -20.48 -0.62%
S&P 500 1,578.31 -6.85 -0.43%
Treasuries 1.66 -0.05 -2.69%

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BUTC Market Updates – 4/25/2013

Stocks and US Markets contineud their gains Thursday as better than expected jobless claims were reported together with favorable earnings reports. Following sharp declines in the previous week’s trading sessions, markets seemed to rise back on its feet and approach new highs. Investors continue to remain bullish on the market and as long as they continue to do so, US indices will keep rising.

US Markets:

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 14,740.80 64.50 0.44%
Nasdaq 3,297.42 27.77 0.85%
S&P 500 1,589.49 10.70 0.68%
Treasuries 1.72 0.02 1.41%

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BUTC Market Updates – 4/24

Looking at Markets/Index’s/Commodities

  • S&P 500          1,578.78    +16.28      +1.04%
  • DJIA              14,719.50    +152.29     +1.05%
  • NASDAQ        3,269.33    +35.78      +1.11%
  • Gold                 1,427.70    +18.90       +1.34%
  • Crude Oil  $89.75/brl     +0.57        +0.64%

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BUTC Market Updates – 4/18/13

US stocks have taken big hits recently, and continue to retreat Thursday due to weak quarterly reports primarily from the financial and technology sectors. Gold has slightly recovered over its tremendous losses the past couple of days, going from 1600 to the 1300′s range.

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 14,566.25 -52.34 -0.36%
Nasdaq 3,177.50 -27.17 -0.85%
S&P 500 1,545.38 -6.63 -0.43%
Treasuries 1.69 -0.02 -1.06%

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BUTC Morning Updates 4/17

Looking at Markets/Index’s/Commodities

  • S&P 500          1,574.57    +22.21      +1.43%
  • DJIA              14,756.80    +157.58     +1.08%
  • NASDAQ        3,264.63    +48.14      +1.50%
  • Gold                 1,382.40     -5.00         -0.36%
  • Crude Oil  $87.92/brl     -0.80         -0.90%

Stocks took a large hit today coming from new economic data and volatile gold swings.

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BUTC Market Updates – 4/12/13

Stocks were slightly lower Friday, following weak retail sales and mixed bank earnings.

The Dow Jones industrial average and Nasdaq shed 0.3%, while he S&P 500 lost 0.4%. Here are their figures below:

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 14,836.02 -29.12 -0.20%
Nasdaq 3,287.03 -13.13 -0.40%
S&P 500 1,585.41 -7.96 -0.50%
Treasuries 1.73 -0.06 -3.46%

Despite the step back, stocks are on track to finish the week sharply higher, and just below the record highs set Thursday. The Dow and S&P 500 are up about 2%, while the Nasdaq has gained almost 3% for the week.

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